All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
Think on your sins.
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…
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…
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…
There are times when one aspect of a film will stand out so much for me that it will pretty much guaruntee 5 stars from me. Recently, The Raid 2 achieved this, whilst the crime saga story was decent, it certainly felt like there was some dead air involved in it. The action however was so incredibly well done my stars was all I cared to give the film, despite knowing better.
Now with Skyfall, I love the film and actually think it deserves the 5 stars overall because it works so well as a 50th Anniversary film that not only pays homage to what has gone before but also gets to the root of the character of Bond through…
A throwaway action film masquerading in insanely beautiful cinematography.
As someone who hasn't really paid much further attention to any other James Bond movies (only ever seen 4 others) I was actually quite surprised to find myself so involved with this one. By now I've watched it about 4-5 times but it already got me basically at first sight. The scenery is breath takingly beautiful; modern (Shanghai) yet it keeps balance with old fashioned, messy places (Turkey, Silva's island, Britain). The story kept surprising me for example Silva who was once just like James Bond. It was very well played out, Javier Bardem's doing a really great job with portraying a genius, scary lunatic. So even if someone has never seen a James Bond movie, the storyline itself is…
Very good Bond movie! The action is directed well (No shaky cam), the writing is good, and the story is one of the best we've seen in a Bond film!
''What did you expect, an exploding pen?''
Yup, still my favourite Bond alongside Casino Royale.
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This is the end
Hold your breath and count to ten
Feel the earth move and then
Hear my heart burst again
For this is the end
I've drowned and dreamt this moment
So overdue I owe them
Swept away, I'm stolen
Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together
Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together
Skyfall is where we start
A thousand miles and poles apart
Where worlds collide and days are dark
You may have my number
You can take…
A more coherent affair than Quantum, but the script completely forgets about what was suppose to be the main plot device (the spy list) and then goes a bit off rails with some action sequences. Bardem is a great bad guy, and Mendes direction is solid. I think the problem with the script is that it's trying to please way too many people: those who prefer the old style british colony douchebro, people who prefer Craig's take on the character, and people who barely know the franchise. Because of that the script is rather uneven, and the concluscion feels a bit of a contradiction compared to what Casino Royale started
In both updating and recalling the franchise, this third Daniel Craig version inadvertently falls halfway between tribute and caricature. Enjoyable both on its own merits and for the callbacks to Bonds of eras past, it still fails to leave much of a mark.
Perhaps part of the problem is in trying to bring 007 into a realistic world. Without moon laser-wielding villains, it becomes difficult to believe in a high class casino where you can feed security to their own komodo dragon and then casually walk out. Call me a skeptic.
A joyless, humorless and banal entry into the Bond canon, and Daniel Craig, in typical dullard fashion, proves himself to be one of the worst Bonds. The director, Sam Mendes, treats the film as a piece of realism but many of the plot elements are just too far fetched and over the top to be taken as such. Part of the fun of watching a good Bond movie, like Goldfinger, is the quasi-campy element in them, the not taking this too seriously notion so we could enjoy the hyperbole of it all! But Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes and others involved in this production think they are doing a serious, gritty thriller, so some of the more exuberant elements (like…
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