This Bond bombs

Following the thrilling 50th anniversary celebration of the James Bond saga in "Skyfall," Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes reunite. Unfortunately, "Spectre" (MGM) is a misfiring collection of drooping plot lines, overworked action sequences and formulaic homages to 007 adventures gone by. It begins with a thrilling opening as a seemingly uncut long shot follows Craig through a surging, surrealist Mexico City pageant celebrating the Day of the Dead. Characters appear and vanish without explanation as veterans of earlier installments return and the sublime Monica Bellucci disappears in a mere cameo. Watching this extravagant collection of small wonders makes Craig's wish to say farewell understandable.

Colin Covert