Skyfall was the best Bond film yet. Exciting yet smart, stylish yet rugged, old yet new, it was simultaneously a thrilling entry in the fifty-year-old franchise and a dissection of what that franchise really was. How do you top that? Short answer? You don’t.
Now, Spectre isn’t a bad film. It just isn’t really a great one. Whereas its predecessor was a truly brilliant movie that happened to be a Bond flick, this is a solid Bond outing in an average movie; if it’s anything to go by, we’re back to the pre-Craig status quo, where Bond is never truly great, but for the faithful sure can be a lot of fun.