For the most part, I really enjoyed Spectre. While it wasn't nearly on the same level as Casino Royale or Skyfall, my two favourite Bond films, it was an entertaining spectacle, full of action and humour, including one of the funniest lines from all of the Craig Bond films. "STAY!" I don't know why, but that line is just perfect. It works so well. In my review for the film, I tried to cover as much as I could, but of course, there are things you just can't discuss when you're trying to avoid spoiling the whole thing, and since I have a lot of things I still wish to talk about, this article exists. Let's start by discussing Christoph Waltz, and what his character means for the rest of the Bond films.
With Spectre, Christoph Waltz gives a phenomenally sinister performance. Or at least he did to begin with. His character, while short on screen time, is shown to be this big, villainous presence, watching as everything unfolds. Waltz is tremendous, and I praised him in my review. The problem is, once his character is revealed to be Blofeld, the writers of the film really do fuck him up. They don't give him any depth or motivation, relying on the character's identity to provide a sense of danger. For the casual Bond fans, ones that aren't familiar with the character of Blofeld, this twist means nothing, and so the reliance on his name just isn't good enough.
Blofeld goes from trying to kill Bond to trying to torture Bond to straight up playing a game of cat and mouse with him, ending with Blofeld begging for Bond to shoot him. It just doesn't make sense. Like I mentioned in my review, during the scenes where Waltz is not present, he has the potential to be one of the most fleshed out and devious Bond villains of all time, even giving Skyfall's Silva a run for his money. Then he starts to get a lot more screen time, and it's here that his character lost me. He's a villain for the sake of having a villain, and unfortunately, I don't think this is the last we've seen of him, but I'll get to that very shortly.
After we get this reveal, Bond is then tortured, and boy does it look painful. It's a simple, yet ferocious way of causing pain, although it didn't look nearly as painful as the torture sequence in Casino Royale..... that scene is still difficult to watch. But enough comparing torture sequences. What really baffles me about this scene is that Blofeld apparently drills into an area in Bond's face that will cause memory loss. He won't remember a single person. Yet he does this and it doesn't affect Bond in the slightest. I mean, obviously he's in pain, but there's no impact after the drill has been removed. It's not a major complaint, but it's a small moment that just took me out of the film a little bit and I figured now was as good a time as any to bring it up.
The finale takes the film down a notch, attempting to make it a more personal attack on Bond. Madeleine is abducted, Blofeld tying her up somewhere in a building that's about to explode. This really pisses me off. I'm not mad at the lower scale or that Blofeld managed to survive the explosion. I'm mad at the treatment of Léa Seydoux's character. She's a kick ass woman who knows what to do and how to handle this deadly and action packed environment (something I do not know about. I would be dead five minutes into starting my job as an MI6 agent), yet she's put into a hostage situation, in need of Bond's rescue. It just takes away from her character. She doesn't get a lot to do in the finale, although this wouldn't be the first time women haven't been represented well in Bond movies. Except it's not that she's represented poorly. Until that point, she's a pretty kick ass character. She doesn't just serve as an object for Bond to sleep with, unlike Monica Bellucci's character.
On the other hand, however, I'm curious to see Blofeld's return. I'm interested to see where they take this character as there's so many possibilities. Let's hope none of these possibilities involve going to the moon, though. If he were to return, hopefully the writers are capable of fleshing him out some more, and perhaps making him more than just an evil face. Blofeld is so much more than that. Seeing him wasted like this is such a disappointment, although Spectre is far from a perfect movie. There's so many places the Bond story can go from here. Maybe the best option is to let the Blofeld story dry out and return a few movies down the line. Or even have him make a surprise appearance at the end of the next film. Whatever way they go, I'm still going to be there opening night.