James Bond 007: SPECTRE’s Runtime Will Make Bond History

We now know how long the film will be.

James Bond films are Christmas in November, giving us our dose of suave spy antics that other franchises just can’t quite match. The question with the newest entry, SPECTRE, is just how much spy antics are we getting? Well, if the rumors are to be believed… more than any other Bond film to date.

How long is SPECTRE?

Reports vary, but they range between 160 and 155 minutes. Of course, that may or may not be including credits which could account for the discrepancy. So, at the longest SPECTRE might run a whopping 2 hours and 40 minutes… which sounds like quite an epic adventure to us.

How long is that compared to other Bond films?

The Craig films have mostly been on the longer side. Skyfall is 143 minutes, Quantum of Solace is a brisk 106 minutes, and Casino Royale is 144 minutes. However, Quantum of Solace is a revenge film that was set up from the previous installment. Revenge films tend to be short, especially when all the motivation comes from another film. As such, Quantum is actually the shortest Bond film to date.

As far as the rest of the franchise goes, the top five longest Bond films to date have been Casino Royale (144 min), Skyfall (143 min), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (142 min), Licence to Kill (133 min), and Die Another Day (133 min). Of those, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was probably paced the slowest.

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What are the shortest Bond films?

The top five shortest Bond films are Quantum of Solace (107 min), Goldfinger (110 min), Dr. No (110 min), From Russia With Love (115 min), and You Only Live Twice (117min).

Apparently when you take the average, it comes to about 125 minutes for the entire franchise. SPECTRE beats that by at least half an hour.

Is the long runtime cause for concern?

We don’t think so. Skyfall was paced very well. While it’s possible that may not carry over to its follow up, there’s no reason to assume it won’t. In the end, we’re getting more Bond, so we’re pretty happy about it.

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