Spectre (Sam Mendes, 2015)

Here we are again (spoiler notice)

There’s something to be said for Bond as an auteur series. Back for seconds is director Sam Mendes, who did a superb job infusing Skyfall with an unusually personal story for Bond and an even more unusual, quaintly apocalyptic final act. And it worked. Having him return for Spectre means there’s continuity beyond the usual nods and customs. The blasted-out MI6 headquarters features prominently, Bond receives his personal effects from what remains of Skyfall manor. The film knows an auspicious start with a Day of the Dead action scene that has everything you’d want from the series. And it needs it, because this is of course the big one, the denouement of three movies’ worth of setup.