Spectre

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced thriller is high on action, lighter on emotion.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 150 minutes
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 40 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

While espionage and conflict/violence are glamorized throughout the Bond series, it's also clear that loyalty has its value, especially when you're loyal to someone deserving. Getting a different perspective on life can also help you reframe your priorities.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bond often relies on violence to accomplish his goals, is frequently driven by revenge, has his share of vices, and has been known to choose iffy ways of resolving problems, but he's loyal to the end, determined to carry out a mission from his previous mentor, even if she's not around to see it completed.

Violence

The violence isn't constant, but at some key moments, it's relentless. And when the story calls for it, the audience isn't spared brutality. People shoot at each other with the intent to kill, cars explode, helicopters and airplanes go haywire, hand-to-hand combat is bone-crunching, and at one point, a man's eyes are gouged. In another scene, a man drills into another's brain. Someone commits suicide via a gunshot to the head.

Sex

Lots of innuendo and passionate kissing, with a clear understanding that intercourse is about to happen. But no outright/graphic nudity.

Language

Language includes "damn" and "s--t."

Consumerism

Brands seen early and often include Aston Martin, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Range Rover, Omega watches, and Sony.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Bond's iconic vodka martini makes an appearance, shaken and dirty. Mostly social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spectre, the 24th entry in the James Bond franchise (and the fourth starring Daniel Craig), continues in its recent predecessors' bloody tradition, high on both violence/thrills and excitement. Expect plenty of the adrenaline-fueled action sequences (shoot-outs, chases, explosions, etc.) that signify a Bond film, as well as some cringe-inducing moments (a man's eyes are gouged, someone drills into another's brain) and a suicide by gunshot. The movie touches on the topic of adoption/foster families (references to Bond's foster brother being angry about Bond's relationship with the other boy's biological dad). There's also some swearing (including "s--t"), though nothing too over-the-top, as well as plenty of innuendo, kissing, and groping, as is always the case with Bond. And, of course, there's the classic martini (shaken, not stirred), and the requisite product placement for everything from Aston Martin cars to Omega watches.

User Reviews

Adult Written byerica921 November 9, 2015

bond james bond

all the bond films are best left for teens
Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written byelligray January 16, 2016

Intense and definitely not for children

In australia the rating for this is 'M' which means that although it is recommended for children over 15, ANYONE can legally go and see it. I persona... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byNo Name, for real. November 8, 2015

A man...

The incredible opening tracking shot, the day of the dead, the cinematography, Christoph Waltz as the bad guy, Sam Mendes as the director, that's gotta be... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 7, 2015

Disappointing and dumb Bond flick has violence, some blood, sex.

My rating:PG-13 intense violence throughout, bloody images, and a scene of sexual content.

What's the story?

In SPECTRE -- the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, Daniel Craig reprises his role as Agent 007. This time, Bond is seeking to avenge the death of his mentor, the former M (Judi Dench), whose death Bond still can't shake. His nemesis (Christoph Waltz) this time around appears to be the head of a criminal organization called Spectre, with whom Bond shares a past. Meanwhile, the new M (Ralph Fiennes) is fighting against an MI6 top gun who wants to scrape the entire double-0 enterprise. To get to his enemies, Bond decides to reach out to the daughter (Lea Seydoux) of another baddie -- but she may actually wind up having more of an influence on him.

Is it any good?

Time and again, the folks behind the Bond franchise prove they can put together a fine cast and (to crib from another franchise) fast and furious action. This time, Seydoux and the brilliant Waltz are added to a proven mix that includes Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris (as quartermaster Q and Moneypenny, respectively). And the many action sequences offer plenty of thrills, which almost justify the movie's overlong run time. (The opening sequence is vintage brilliant Bond.) Seydoux and Craig have great chemistry, and she gets a little bit, though not much, more to do here than Bond women of yore. Is Spectre as good as its immediate predecessor, Skyfall, which was much more emotional in many ways? Not quite, but it's still plenty of fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Spectre/the James Bond franchise. How does the violence in the more recent movies compare to the older ones? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • What makes James Bond "cool"? Is it his skills? His attitude? Do you consider him a role model? What makes him so appealing (and enduring) in general? How different is he from the villains in his movies? How similar?

  • Is the Bond franchise still relevant for today's sensibilities? How has it changed to keep up with the times?

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