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When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) - following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.
Skyfall opens with a dapper James Bond stealthily coming out of the darkness into the light. As soon as you are able to see his face, the modern yet familiar Bond theme hits a loud high point and your heart skips a beat. A little while later, he makes a daring leap into the exposed backside of a train and in one of the sexiest moments of the year, straightens his sleeve like it's no big deal. Skyfall sets your expectations sky high and miraculously maintains the excitement and tension established so early on.
Where Skyfall fits into the overall history of Bond films isn't something I can form an opinion on due to the fact that I've only seen…
As a Brit it probably isn’t wise to admit that I don’t really care much for the Bond films. They are perfectly adequate action-adventure movies but the vast majority are utterly indistinguishable from one another. Daniel Craig’s tenure as the iconic spy is no different and that includes Casino Royale which is widely considered one of the best Bond films to date. Because of this I was sceptical of the near-unanimous praise that Skyfall has been receiving but for once the acclaim is more than deserved as not only is this a great Bond movie but a great film period.
On paper at least Skyfall looked promising with a pedigree rarely seen in such blockbuster fare. Sam Mendes hardly seemed…
Sometimes the old ways are the best.
My love affair with James Bond has been a long one. One of the first novels I read in English was Casino Royale. I was about eleven years old I think and just finding my footing in the English language. The accessibility of that novel, combined with the thrilling story appealed to me very much and warranted many a trip to my local library to seek out more novels about this roguish, charismatic and brutal cold hearted killer. I have read all Bond novels and love them for their escapist qualities.
The transition to the movies has been a bumpy ride for me as I felt they never managed to capture Fleming's Bond…
Sam Mendes proves his Bond making credentials, and confirms his excellent film making credentials.
Skyfall certainly is an excellent film. The best Bond film in 48 years. This is a proper spy film, and James Bond, as a character is a proper spy.
As a Bond fan this film pleased me in every way. You have to hand it to the film makers, it takes massive balls to put a 4 minute title sequence 10 minutes into a massive film release these days, and this film has massive balls. And you know what?, it's an excellent title sequence. Even Adele's theme sounds massive. There are so many slightly contrived Bond fan pleasing moments, but those same slightly contrived Bond fan…
And with that, Skyfall is here, and James Bond is back.
But how did it fare? Well... Skyfall was so fucking satisfying, I couldn't even speak for about a good 15 minutes after it ended. I tried to squeeze in words through my wide smile but all that could come out were murmurs of restrained joy.
What's great about Skyfall is that it commits to the promise brought in by Casino Royale, and manages to add some new twists to the formula installed in that film. Skyfall manages to combine the more cinematic Bond with the book Bond, and it blends beautifully. I can't see any sort of 007 fan not falling in love with this film, whether you're a…
50 years ago, an icon was born.
Today, Skyfall adds to the legend that is Bond...James Bond.
Last Summer, I was able to watch every single 007 film to prepare myself for Skyfall. I was already a fan of the character but watching all the films made me appreciate the character more and appreciate more of how important he is to pop culture as whole. After finally seeing the film that I've been building myself up for, it would be an understatement to say that it delivers. After seeing them all, I think this may be the best film in the franchise to date.
I was already excited to see Bond on the big screen for the first time, but…
While Skyfall never is bad, you do get the sense when watching it that it gets away with more than it could've had it not been on the heels of such a bore for an installment. Of course, Quantum of Solace was one of the worst Bond films in years, and aside from letting many down (myself included) who enjoyed the promising Casino Royal, it set the bar so low that a dash of more cartoonish fun and a few fresh faces was plenty to get the series at least sort of on track again. And this is essentially what Sam Mendes does.
Skyfall rights the first wrong of Quantum of Solace by being fun and not dour - the…
Not as strong the second time around. While this is still one of the best- shot modern Bonds, with truly beautiful & evocative imagery in each country that Bond travels to, the sleek sense of danger & withheld information of the first half do not pay off.
Part of the problem is that while Bardem brings a very human touch to his villain, the character himself is a mess of cliches ripped from most recent motion pictures (most blatantly the Joker from THE DARK KNIGHT). Furthermore, that what starts out as an almost existential threat to the intelligence community is, in the end, reduced to an angry hacker with mommy issues, is rather disappointing.
Even so, it's still miles better than QUANTUM OF SOLACE & suggests that it's possible for the franchise to sustain the Daniel Craig Bond for more than one picture. And my god is it beautiful!
The best Bond to date. Well written, acted, beautifully shot, and very suspenseful. All the throwbacks to the old Bonds were amazing as well. Hell of a movie.
My only real problem with Skyfall is the weak, morbid opening titles sequence. Fire-cloaked nude ladies > blood trails and graves. Otherwise, it's a blast.
The latest in the now-half-a-century-old James Bond franchise brings the series back to basics after the overwrought and deeply flawed Quantum of Solace, which broke Bond protocol by following immediately from its predecessor, betraying an unwillingness or inability to tell its own story. This installment, on the other hand, enlists Oscar winning director Mendes and well-renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins to improve the series’ cultural viability and thematic substance, even while maintaining a certain level of superficiality and ridiculousness throughout. And, indeed, the plot, which finds Daniel Craig’s superspy forced to defend Judi Dench’s M from attacks both foreign and domestic, is appropriately self-referential, without forgetting the core tenants of the franchise: guns, gadgets, and girls. The result of one of…
As largely entertaining as Skyfall is, the James Bond series really does feel as though it is going through a transitional period all the way through this film.
I was about halfway through Casino Royale when I realised that I could wave goodbye to the James Bond that I grew up with and that Bond was now a series looking to emulate and overhaul the excellent original Jason Bourne trilogy. Hey look, it's Albert Finney! It's almost like they're trying to tell us something!
It was a sad concession to make and I was left disappointed in a way that the series felt that it needed to go in that direction. Casino Royale was a very good film however, which…
Skyfall is equal parts, almost old-fashioned, ridiculous romp and slick, modern action-adventure film, the sum of its parts making for some proper entertainment.
In this 50th year of the James Bond series, with the dismal "Quantum of Solace" (2008) still in our minds, "Skyfall" triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he earlier played well in "Casino Royale," not so well in "Quantum" -- although it may not have been entirely his fault. Or is it just that he's growing on me? I don't know what I expected. I don't know what I expected in Bond No. 23, but certainly not an experience this invigorating.
The movie's innovations begin in its first shots, which abandon the familiar stalking silhouettes…
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