Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Skyfall is the 23rd official James Bond film in the series and it proves there are still opportunities to make amazing films, shock and thrill audiences, and make more money than any previous Bond film- even after 22 other films.
Skyfall has been the most critically acclaimed Bond film in recent memory- maybe since the Connery days. While Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were good, they had been such a sharp departure from the traditional Bond (or the one we had dealt with for the last 3 decades) some fans were still skeptical. Skyfall puts fears to rest. Daniel Craig has eased into this role with a charm that only a true James Bond could do. While the first two Craig films were gritty and dark, this one begins to bring some of the Bond charm we had come to expect from previous Bonds.
The premise of Skyfall is that someone very powerful has obtained a list of all the undercover agents that NATO allies currently has in the field. The leak of this information is embarrassing to Britain because they were not even supposed to have such a list of their allies activities. The villain knows how MI-6 operates and is able to anticipate every move Bond and M make leading the obvious that this is an inside job. Bond's investigation takes him all over the world (as usual) to Turkey, Shanghai, and Japan, but most of the film takes place in London and Scotland. While most Bond movies pride themselves on how many locations they film at, Skyfall proves that bad guys are sometimes closer to home and that London and Scotland have just as many exotic locations as any other place in the world.
This film introduces Q for the first time since Craig took over as well as many other characters that have been seen in previous films. Skyfall notes many famous previous Bond moments. I won't spoil anything in this review, but suffice to say- keep an eye out for all kind of hidden easter eggs and tongue in cheek jokes that relate to previous Bond movies.
I would agree with some out there that Skyfall can now be considered one of the best Bond films ever. The modern take on James Bond makes it difficult to compare it to the charming, comedic Bond films like Goldfinger, Goldeneye, and other fan favorites. I give this film 4.5 stars and highly recommend seeing it in theaters. It will be hard to wait to see what happens in the next Bond film as Craig has two more in his contract before the Walter PPK is handed to another.
Movie poster from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074638/