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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

There’s been plenty of Spectre goodies going around the web. Folks seem to be awfully excited about the next James Bond adventure. Why wouldn’t they be? The last film (Skyfall) was the most successful in the franchise’s storied history, and that film’s director is back for this one. So what’s the latest thing we have to look forward to from this Sam Mendes joint? A nice spread in Empire. 

While the issue may not hit stands until Thursday, they have gone ahead and released the two Daniel Craig-centric covers:

Yes, Skyfall earned rave reviews (92% on Rotten Tomatoes!) and a ton of cash (north of $1 billion, worldwide!). Mendes, Craig, and the rest of the 007 regulars- Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), and Ben Whishaw (Q)- are all back, as are the core creative team. Joining the fray this time will be Monica Bellucci, Dave Bautista, and Christoph Waltz. Should be another high note for the series.

I know I sit in the minority when I say that Skyfall disappointed me. My favorite contemporary bond film is Casino Royale. I was left scratching my head that they all ready made Bond the “battered, old veteran that may not be able to do the job” after rebooting him as a freshman recruit only two movies ago.  I also felt like the film worked hard to bring Bond back to the status quo, where the first two films in Craig’s campaign were about exploring a new direction. I know, I know. Heresy. But hey, at least my gramps and my dad agreed with me- and they’ve been watching these films since Dr. No came out in 1962.

Here’s hoping Spectre is a pleasant surprise for me. I’m too big a Bond fan not to go see this.

SOURCE: Empire

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.