Spectre ★½

It's the Day of the Dead and a camera is wandering through the streets of Mexico City following James Bond into a hotel where a woman undresses by the bed and James Bond is like This is good in the absence of good on his surly thug face, and then he climbs out a window with a gun under his arm and he looks through the scope, and there are no cuts, it's all one take, and neither Sam Mendes nor Hoyte van Hoytema could tell you why they've opted for the single-take sequence, it's not about duration, it's not about 'immersion', it's not about geography, it's not about about a screen performer's virtuosity or someone else's choreography, it's just a single-take sequence at the start of a James Bond film

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