A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Breaking the continuity that carried over from Casino Royale to Quantum of Solace, Skyfall is a standalone feature which takes the series to an all-time high by becoming the most successful chapter of the long-running franchise and with its strong word-of-mouth reception also turns out to be the fitting instalment to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bond series.
The story of Skyfall presents the 007 agent at his most vulnerable after he's accidentally shot down by his own colleague while on a mission. Retiring to a peaceful life once he's presumed dead, Bond ultimately returns to duty after an assassination attempt is made on M after which further investigations lead him to a former MI6 agent who seeks revenge…
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…
As great as this movie is, as great as Daniel Craig is, as hard as it is to imagine any other Bond in this movie, it would have been even better and more meaningful if he'd made it when he was 54 instead of 44, or if it was his last Bond instead of his third (out of at least four). The whole script, about Bond's continuing (or perhaps declining) relevance in the modern world, only really makes sense on a metatextual level, because Craig's Bond is still quite clearly an ass kicker of the highest order. If he was the age of, say, Roger Moore circa A VIEW TO A KILL, this movie would have an whole extra layer to it.
(NOTE: This is a quibble. I love this movie.)
Great theme. Not so great anything else...
Por la historia que cuenta y cómo la cuenta, por dar luz sobre el origen del personaje, por la música, por ser precuela y secuela a la vez, por los personajes que llegan y los que se van... me pregunto si será posible que algun día haya una película de esta saga que me guste más que Skyfall. De momento ya tenemos a Spectre que es un... psebuenovaleperonoesSkyfall... y como no haya algun cambio muy gordo en las siguientes me temo que esto será insuperable.
En este segundo visionado me di cuenta de un detalle en la escena final. Creo que no sería spoiler concretar pero basta decir que hay una cosa que es exactamente igual que en la escena final de The Artist. Como esta es posterior a The Artist me pregunto si es un extraño homenaje a aquella o es sólo una loca coincidencia.
BOND...JAMES...forget it. We all know the line. This franchise has a genre of its own. And it in my opinion needs to be shaken up a bit. With that being said Skyfall is Daniel Craig's best Bond film to date. Quantum fell short for me and Casino Royale was a solid kick start to his series. Daniel in my opinion isn't the typical "Bond" that we have seen in the past. He's not an attractive looking guy, I don't find him that charismatic, and he's a bit rough around the edges. That's the complete opposite of what James Bond is. Skyfall has its downs just like every Bond film. However, the story is told really well in this one and the action sequences are spot on. Like I said the top film thus far for Daniel Craig's Bond series.
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James Bond having sex with a woman who he knows has been a sex trafficking victim since she was a child is so reprehensibly disturbing and misogynistic that it darkens this entire film.
This is further upsetting because the Craig Bonds had been delivering well-developed female characters like Vesper Lynd and Camille (and obvi Dame Judi Dench).
Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.
Three cheers for Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes though.
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So far my favorite Daniel Craig bond movie. Great action as always and the only Daniel Craig bond flick that goes into bonds past as a child and his beginnings. While this movie is the last for Judy Dench's character it introduces Ralph Fiennes character with ease. Great transitions between action and I'm amazing epic ending.
dont even try and argue to me that the fight scene in shanghai isn't a piece of cinematic art
Before i start my review of Skyfall let me tell you all a quick little anecdotal story. It is the year 2013 and I have just gotten the blu ray of Skyfall and I start watching it knowing absolutely nothing about it I start watching it but 21 minutes in turn it off because I hadn't watched the other ones and haven't watched it since until now and damn was that one of the best decisions I could've ever made.
After the disappointment that was "Quantam of Solace" I was really excited to see this franchise come back into form in what many say is one of the best bond films ever made. And as it turns out that's exactly…