Final ‘SPECTRE’ trailer puts Daniel Craig face to face with Christoph Waltz

We are in the home stretch now, with only a month to go before the new James Bond film arrives in theaters, and Sony has just issued the final trailer for the film.

I've been somewhat ambivalent about “SPECTRE” since it went into production. I want to be excited, but I've been given plenty of reasons to be hesitant. That feels especially strange considering how much I've enjoyed the series since “Casino Royale.” I thought “Skyfall” was a strong entry in the series for a variety of reasons. You can read my insanely lengthy review of the film if you want. I came out of that movie hyped for them to get started on the next film immediately, and when word came that they had finally won the rights back to use Blofeld and SPECTRE, I thought it was a good omen for the series overall.

The new trailer is surprisingly short, but it's also very effective in a very short period of time. The one big exchange between Bond, once again played by Daniel Craig, and Oberhoffer, the Christoph Waltz character, feels like vintage Bond, and Mendes has already demonstrated that he has a knack for this, and I love the particular flavor of slick that cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema brings to the table.

Every time a new Bond film comes out, I find myself wading back into the history of the series to watch some of the old films, and this time's no different. We've still got some ground to cover in our “James Bond Declassified” series, and it feels like as good a moment as any to get back to that. The last film we covered was “Moonraker,” and I'll just admit it now… that one broke me. I was shocked by how much I didn't care for it, and it made it hard for me to want to watch another Bond film for a while after that. Right now, though, I'd like to be full of Bond optimism, and the final trailer for “SPECTRE” is making that easy.

“SPECTRE” arrives in US theaters on November 6, 2015.