James Bond (Daniel Craig) is back. His mission is to retrieve a hard drive that contains the names of deep cover agents that of course has fallen into the hands of someone who has every intention of using it against MI6. As Bond struggles to retrieve the list his fellow agent, Eve (Naomie Harris), sent to assist him hesitates to shoot for fear of hitting Bond. M orders the shot and Bond is hit, goes missing and is declared dead. (You Only Live Twice anyone???) With the list lost M comes under pressure to retire, which she of course refuses. As she returns to HQ to attempt to recover the list, disaster hits and Bond is the only one who M can trust to make it all right. Not only is Bond’s loyalty tested but so is the fate of MI6 in general. Starring Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace.
James Bond is celebrating his 50th anniversary this year and celebrate he does. Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall is exactly what a modern-day James Bond movie should be. Forget Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Skyfall is it folks. It is a great blend of action movie, with a well-rounded plot, a devilish and deformed villain, oh and course our indestructable…sort of…hero. I will try to give you the big picture without spoilers.
First, for those who are fans of the originals you will appreciate all the subtle and not so subtle nods to films that came before. These little tidbits add to the depth of the film, giving it a layer that is entertaining and nostalgic at the same time. Only one thing missing, Bond having sex on a boat…nope wait that was there. (Read my reviews of the original Bond movies 😉 ) Not everyone will pick up on these nods, but it certainly won’t kill the film for you if you don’t. Remember great action, plot and villain. Speaking of villain, Javier Bardem is definitely one of the great things about Skyfall. While perhaps not the ultimate super villain his performance and character are spot on. I only wish he had just a little more screen time. But let me tell ya, I wouldn’t want to be Bond fighting against this guy. Plus Javier’s character, Silva, has the added creepy factor. Daniel Craig seems to have found his groove as Bond. Before his performance seemed awkward, forced even. Now Craig is comfortable, suave and lethal. He is Bond, James Bond. I could go on forever, seriously I could. That is how much I enjoyed this movie. Fan of the series or not, you will enjoy this one. And if you are a fan you will thank the movie gods for breathing new life into the series. Ian Flemming and the late 007 producer Albert Broccoli would be proud!
10/10 Stars – Bond will return…and I will be waiting with baited breath!
Long story short – I have mixed feelings about the new Bond film, Skyfall. I did not grow up watching the earlier Bond films and only knew Pierce Brosnan as 007. His films were flashy and designed to be fun and over-the-top. When it comes to Daniel Craig’s version of Bond, all that is gone and it turns the suave, tuxedo-wearing man with a “golden gun” and a “License to Kill” into Mr. Joe Average who is just doing impressive stunts to a very dry and humorless story. Having said that, Skyfall is by no means a bad movie. It really isn’t all that disappointing (except not meeting my “Bond” expectations) but in my eyes fails to take elite status. If it were not titled a “Bond” film, then this story would be lost in the shadows of every other action movie to date. The stunts and acting (especially Javier Bardem’s twisted portrayal of Silva) are entertaining and impressive, but at the end of the day, it is still a story about personal revenge and as a long-time movie goer, been there, done that. I would have liked to see a little more “gadgets” from Q. A radio GPS isn’t exactly impressive. I mean 10 year olds are walking around today with GPS tracking devices. Oh well, as more and more Daniel Craig films come out, my impression may change, but I doubt it. I want flashy! Give me flashy!
7/10 Stars – Failed to WOW me after all the hype. Not bad, but if not labled 007, it wouldn’t be memorable.
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