The sky has not fallen on the Bond franchise
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 18:11
After the acclaimed “Casino Royale” and the under whelming “Quantum of Solace,” Daniel Craig returns for his third turn as Bond in “Skyfall,” one of his more impressive outings as British superspy James Bond.
The film starts with Bond and his female companion, Eve (Naomi Harris), chasing an agent that has sensitive British intelligence.
The agent escapes and Bond goes on a three month “vacation” but returns to London after MI6 Headquarters is attacked by an unknown entity.
Bond is cleared for active field duty where he crosses paths with former MI6 agent, Silva (Javier Bardem), who has the ability to hack into nearly any computer system as he sees fit.
It turns out Silva has a vendetta against M (Judi Dench) for some reason and his obsession with her drives his fuel to kill her and Bond.
“Skyfall” feels very different from the last two Bond films. It was not as story heavy as “Casino Royale” but not as action packed as “Quantum of Solace,” but it blends the best of both together.
As he has been in the last two films, Daniel Craig is the undisputed best actor in this film. He has shown so many different sides of Bond and he has really rounded out his version of Bond as a person.
He does it again in “Skyfall,” as Bond has become older and more broken than I can remember. To see Bond go from a broken man that has simply given up all the way back to the ass kicking, silver tongued, world saving 007 that he is known for was fantastic. He goes from one extreme to the other and does it flawlessly.
I love the fact that M gets to take a larger role in this movie. Judi Dench is fantastic in that role and has been for many years. We finally get to see a bit more of the interworking of Bond and M’s relationship beyond agent and boss.
Javier Bardem absolutely nailed the essence of a Bond villain. His introduction was unlike any other Bond villain introduction, and he had the perfect blend of intelligence and danger, but at the same time you kind of feel bad for this guy. The only thing I disliked about Silva is that he becomes way to whiney in the end, and to me, it takes away from some of the ruthlessness that he had set up throughout the entire first part of the movie.
Naomi Harris was not seen much in the film, but the parts she was in she played perfectly. She had the perfect mix of sexy, strong and quick-witted that I look for in a Bond girl. She did not steal the show like Hallie Berry did in “Die Another Day,” but she made the very scene she was in better and that, to me, is the mark of a great actress.
I would rank Skyfall in the upper echelon of Bond movies right up there with “Casino Royale,” “Dr. No,” “From Russia With Love” and “On her Majesty’s Secret Service.” I still believe that “Casino Royale” is the best Bond film of them all, but I can rank “Skyfall” as high as third or second on the list.
A must see, four stars, and I will gladly pay to see it again.