Skyfall is the conclusion to a modern James Bond Trilogy featuring Daniel Craig which reintroduced 007 to the new generation. As a trilogy this new Bond was different, but very much the same old Bond that we all know and love.
When Daniel Craig was introduced as James Bond it was hard to imagine him as the dark-haired, sullen-eyed, anti-hero of Ian Fleming’s invention; but when the movie Casino Royale came out, it not only impressed it’s audiences on a worldwide scale but forced all of us to accept Craig as Bond and dare I say one of the best portrayals of the character.
Since Quantum of Solace was all about James’ revenge and hardly a Bond movie in the historical sense, I was very skeptical about Skyfall. Yet when I watched the movie I was treated to not only all the Bond elements that I consider essential, but one hell of an action movie that even a stranger to the series could appreciate.
See it is the story above all else that makes Skyfall work and with the formula of these 2–3 hr films — to have the story lack can be disastrous. James Bond the flawed man inside a skilled, dangerous and invincible exterior is exposed to us as we get more of his history, more of his personal relationship to M (Judi Dench), and more background into why he is the way he is.
The acting is absolutely wonderful, and above all the other players Dame Judi Dench completely shone (are you surprised?). Daniel Craig as James Bond is perfect and new Bond girls Eve (Naomie Harris), and Severine (Berenice Marlohe) are breathtakingly beautiful.
Eve brings about the action heroine Bond girl that we have seen in the past through the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Halle Berry. The villainous Silva (Javier Bardem) was charismatic and scary… let me explain… Silva scared the hell out of me and drove the audience to laugh along with him all the while unsure of how James Bond would stop him.
Skyfall will have you laughing at one minute and then gripping your seat withholding breath in another. It has the crazy stunts that we loved in Casino Royale, and Daniel Craig’s supremely choreographed fist fights are also packed in. There is love-making (can’t have a Bond movie without it), M putting Bond in his place, near-death situations for 007 in almost every scene, and there even a brand new Quartermaster (Q).
I write all of this to let you know that Skyfall is 100% a James Bond movie unlike its predecessor.
One of the things I loved the most about Skyfall was the cinematography – it was gorgeous. From the highlands of Europe, to the high-rises of Shanghai; the adventure truly felt worldly. When the car chases are in action you find yourself looking at the city for all its splendor. There haven’t been many movies like this to show off its host countries so successfully – Karate Kid comes to mind with it’s beautiful shots of China.
Director Sam Mendes has delivered a resounding Grand Slam in this addition to the 22 Bond movie franchise. You will no longer be able to speak of Casino Royale and Goldfinger as the best Bonds without Skyfall being in the conversation. It is so good it may even bring you to tears.
So – go out and see Skyfall larger than life Bond fans; it is so Spicy I had to stop for ice cream afterwards. No joking.