Spectre: The first James Bond reviews are in

Daniel Craig in Spectre (s).
Daniel Craig in Spectre (s).
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The “first ever” screening of the 24th Bond movie was hosted at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on Wednesday night.

James Bond star Daniel Craig has said he “loves” working on the franchise despite earlier saying he would “rather slash my wrists” than make a fifth movie.

The 47-year-old actor has reprised his role as the MI6 agent for the fourth time in the latest 007 adventure Spectre.

Asked about returning to Bond, Craig joked: “Do I have a choice?”

He added: “I love making these films and the chance to come and make a movie after Skyfall was a huge challenge. That was a huge success but that was a great thing to have at your back.

“You just want to move on and make a bigger and better version of the movie. We’ve spent a huge amount of time on this movie just trying to find the humour in it, but also that the story is as strong and as real as possible.”

Newspaper critics have mostly showered the latest effort with praise. Ed Dyson, writing for The Sun, said “Bond is back to his best”, while the Mirror’s David Edwards gave the film five stars, calling it a “movie guaranteed to leave you shaken, stirred and shattered”.

The Times also awarded Spectre full marks, with critic Kate Muir saying it Craig’s latest outing is “achingly cool, as sleek and powerful as the silver Aston Martin DB10 that races through the movie”.

Spectre is “a swaggering show of confidence”, according to Robbie Collin in the Telegraph and Brian Viner, in the Daily Mail, said: “Does it warrant all the hype, the

secrecy, the breathless anticipation? Indubitably, yes.”

Geoffrey Macnab, in The Independent, credited it with four stars and said: “The only disappointment in what is an exhilarating movie is the surprisingly clumsy and sentimental way in which the film ends.”