Theatrical Release: November 6, 2015


A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as Spectre. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by “M.” Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and “Q” to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis, Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of Spectre. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of Spectre, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.

Dove Review

“Spectre” is a fast-paced ride for much of the movie. You want action? Granted! You have action. The problem is that several scenes are contrived. They seem to be placed in the film not because they add to the story, but because they are fun to watch. There are some exceptions to the rule. A well-choreographed fight on a train between Bond (Daniel Craig) and a really big guy takes several minutes and involves chains, punching and kicking, a rope, and an outsized Bond navigating through the fight with quick thinking and some slick moves. The scene relates to some unscrupulous people who want Bond out of the way.

The locations are awe-inspiring, as they feature Rome, Tokyo and Africa. The viewer gets to see the cool Mr. Bond fly a plane, a helicopter, a boat, a fast car, and escape danger time and time again. However, you know, when you see Bond flying the plane on the ground after the wings have come off, that this is entertainment and not to be taken too seriously. Craig gives an excellent performance, and so does Ralph Fiennes as his boss, M; Christoph Waltz as his nemesis; and the beautiful Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, his love interest in the film.

Regrettably, the film contains strong sexuality and language, in addition to violence, and we therefore cannot award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Passionate kissing; an unwed couple have sex on a few occasions; man has sex with a widow.
Language: J-1; Ch*ist-1; Good G-1; Go to H-1; S-3; A**hole-1; H-2; Bas*ard-1; Slang for testicles-1
Violence: A lot of violence, including people being shot and several who are killed; woman slaps man; woman is punched; a fight on a train that features punching and kicking and a rope being placed around a man's neck; some blood, including that on a man's face and a bloody hand; comparatively little blood in comparison to the scenes of violence; other fist fights; car crashes and chases; blood on a ring; men fall out of helicopter; a man's head is slammed into a desk; a man puts a gun to his head, and a shot is heard as he kills himself; a building explodes and comes down, and this happens in two different scenes.
Drugs: Drinking and smoking; champagne is offered; vodka and a martini.
Nudity: Women's thighs are visible; shirtless man; cleavage; woman wearing in lingerie with bra showing; woman in nightgown.
Other: Suicide; a few jump scenes, including one with a bird suddenly taking flight; tension between characters; death and grief.


Company: Sony/Columbia
Writer: John Logan
Director: Sam Mendes
Genre: Action
Runtime: 148 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter