By Terri Lee Sylvester

DETROIT (WWJ) – There’s an old saying that goes, “you can’t keep a good man down.” And that’s certainly proven to be true for the world’s most famous spy, James Bond. No matter how dire the circumstances may seem, 007 always finds a way to beat the odds. And, that’s a big part of his appeal.

For example, in “Skyfall,” released in 2012, the movie kicked off with an adrenaline-fueled rush. The scene featuring James Bond on top of a fast-moving train fighting for his life was one of the best action scenes I’ve seen in a long time. And no one knew until the action unfolded whether Moneypenny was going to “take the bloody shot.” That was action and suspense at its best. But, while there is plenty of action in “Spectre,” it doesn’t come close to the action in “Skyfall,” and it falls far short of what audiences have come to expect from a Bond film.

Many 007 fans also like James Bond because he’s suave and debonair. He’s also a ladies man; something both men and women find fascinating. But, that’s one of his most famous attributes that, unfortunately, wasn’t played upon very much in this latest Bond film. And the bit of romance that is featured in the film doesn’t emit very many sparks. In fact, I found it rather ho-hum.

I also found Spectre to be much darker in tone than the other films in the Bond franchise. So, while there’s a hint of romance and no shortage of action in Spectre, either may not be enough to satisfy some Bond fans, including me.

See you at the movies!

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