All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Jimmy Bond, as my dad called him. I prefer this simian rugby Bond to the pompous old fart variety. I thought this was OK but the missus said, "It's not really a Bond film. Where's the gadgets? He didn't even bed any women!"
Actually, he did bed one woman, early on. After getting shot and falling from a 200 ft bridge in to a river with no cotton wool to protect him, Bond wakes up in bed next to a naked Muslim lady with a bottle of lager in hand. Now that is some superhero shit right there!
Considering Jimmy Bond films are wank. This one was OK, and therefore is possibly the best one ever? Nice suit too.
Entertaining enough that I don't begrudge the Marvelization of the Bond franchise for this outing, but just as with the MU, the constant need to escalate threatens to become tiring and undermine the appeal. Not unfair to call Skyfall overlong, but I wasn't looking at my watch too often.
Note to self: Need to isolate sound clip of Dame Judy Dench saying "take the shot!" as an alert on my phone.
Oh no, no, no, this ain't it. Javier Bardem's hissing sissy fit against Dame Judy? It has its moments, but no, it just didn't gel. And if it doesn't gel, it ain't aspic. No indication given ever how Blondie managed to wield an army against her, much less get he cash to do so. God love it for keeping a fun franchise alive, but 5/10.
Such a babe
Another movie I missed in theatres when it had its run, and never caught it after the fact, but now that I've seen it, yeah, this has got to be my favourite Bond film to date.
What an incredible movie, it jumps from genre to genre, incorporating elements of action, drama, thriller, espionage, everything you want and need in a James Bond movie. Daniel Craig has really settled into the role by this point in the franchise and knocks it out of the park. Javier Bardem makes a fantastic villain, you know you've got a great villain when there are moments in the movie when, despite knowing how movies work and realising that the hero is going to make it…
This is an elegant film. Mendes and the screenwriters did an amazing job making this so much more than another kill the villain film. The only problem was the end result. All through the movie we see death evident in such a bigger way than most action movies can even dream of. Later on there are parents and home as well. Skyfall is James Bond facing James Bond, and so tastefully in an age of ubiquitous psychobabble. But what happens? He kills some, loses others, to no effect whatsoever. Maybe Daniel Craig is just such an atrocious actor that when they got to film that last few scenes they just said fuck it, he can't pull it off, we'll just…
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And so ends my exhausting Bond marathon. Overall I had a good time. There were some real stinkers but they were definitely overshadowed by the good. If I were to rank the Bonds themselves it would be thus:
I don't know if that's a somewhat controversial ranking, but Craig and Dalton featured in the films i loved the most, and they were the Bonds that I enjoyed watching the most. Moore is dead last. Dead, dead last.
As for Skyfall itself, it's a brilliant film, one of the best in the franchise. I love the broken, unhinged 007, I love the reinvention of almost all of the recurring…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I recently finished the podcast episode of James Bonding, Skyfall, and after listening to it, I decided to watch it for myself again. And as the hosts of the James Bonding podcast said, the villain's plan successfully works. He he gets captured like he wanted, get's out, and kills M. Yes he dies and yes he doesn't get to see M die, but everything he set out to do was accomplished. James Bonding Podcast is wonderful and I think i'll start watching all the James Bonds's because of it. They know what they're talking about and are pretty funny with good guests.
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