Many critics consider “Skyfall” the greatest of James Bond films.
But, the latest in the series, “Spectre,” may be a strong competitor for that title.
“Spectre” steps into new territory, and critics are giving it high praise.
British actor Daniel Craig returns for his fourth performance as James Bond. American Sam Mendes directed the film. Mendes was also director of “Skyfall.”
英国演员丹尼尔·克雷格（Daniel Craig）第四次扮演詹姆斯·邦德。美国人山姆·门德斯（Sam Mendes）执导了这部电影。门德斯也是《007：大破天幕杀机》的导演。
The latest story finds Bond on a personal journey to find an enemy from his past. He lost much that was important to him in “Skyfall” including the spy agency director, “M,” whom he revered.
Bond travels from Mexico City to Rome, to the mountaintops of Austria, to the desert near Tangier and, finally, back to London. Bond is seeking archenemy Franz Oberhauser, played by Christoph Waltz.
邦德从墨西哥城到罗马，然后到奥地利山顶，然后到丹吉尔附近的沙漠，最终回到伦敦。他是在寻找由克里斯托弗·瓦尔兹（Christoph Waltz）扮演的头号大敌弗兰兹·奥博豪斯（Franz Oberhauser）。
Oberhauser leads an international terrorist group called Spectre. The group, it turns out, is responsible for much of Bond’s personal tragedy beginning with the 2006 film “Casino Royale.”
The plots of “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall” come to completion in “Spectre.” A new era of Bond is born as a result. The character falls in love and is willing to honor love over mission. This softer side of Bond, alone, helps make “Spectre” interesting.
Director Mendes references Bond movies of the past in “Spectre.” For example, a familiar white cat makes a brief appearance. The animal character was first seen in the 1963 Bond film “From Russia With Love.” The beautiful cat belonged to the evil Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
门德斯导演在《007:幽灵党》中引用了以往的邦德电影。例如，一只熟悉的白猫短暂露面。该动物角色最早是在1963年拍摄的邦德系列电影《007：俄罗斯之恋》中出现。这只漂亮的猫属于邪恶的恩内斯特·布鲁佛（Ernst Stavro Blofeld）所有。
Another connection: The final battle in “Spectre” takes place where it all started, at the damaged MI6 building that was bombed in “Skyfall.”
“Spectre” earned about $70 million in U.S. ticket sales its opening weekend. It has sold about $300 million worth of tickets around the world. It is not quite as high as “Skyfall” earnings after the same amount of time. But it is closer than any other movie in the series.
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Words in This Story
journey – n. an act of traveling from one place to another
revere – v. to hold very high in respect
archenemy – n. a chief enemy
era – n. a period of time that is associated with a particular quality, event, person, etc.
reference – v. to mention (something or someone) in speech or in writing: to refer to (something or someone)
familiar – adj. possibly known but not clearly remembered
mission – n. an important task or duty