All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. 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, 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 - following a trail to the mysterious Silva, 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.)
After the disappointment of QUANTUM OF SOLACE and a studio bankruptcy, the Bond franchise found itself on a four year hiatus -- the longest break without changing the lead actor -- that fittingly came to an end on the 50th anniversary of the first film. Now the last time the series celebrated a big year, we got DIE ANOTHER DAY, so this next installment couldn't just be good, it had to be great.
And as a result, we got SKYFALL -- one of the most critically acclaimed and highest grossing Bond films that has turned out to be kind of divisive and whose true impact on the franchise I feel has yet to be seen.
While maintaining the realism that…
Love the James Bond franchise
I fell asleep in the theater
Don't pull any strings and this is pretty great. Lucky for me...I never do when I watch Bond movies.
Besides the radical right-wing rhetoric (which was always a problem in the original Fleming books, but still charming then), clearly the best Bond so far, a big surprise hit for Sam Mendes. But I give all the credits to the writers and the camera crew.
Not only a great Bond movie but a great movie overall.
"Sometimes the old ways are the best."
BOND: Daniel Craig
ALLY: Albert Finney as Kincade; Ben Whishaw as Q brings a freshness to the roll but very few gadgets; Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny gives the character a new life; Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory is more than a typical "suit"; Judi Dench as M is tough with just a hint of vulnerability....all in all, I like Team Bond.
DRINK OR GADGET OF NOTE: A radio.
BOND GIRL: Bérénice Lim Marlohe as Séverine but it probably really is Dench.
HELPLESSNESS RATING: 4/5, she knew the likely result of helping Bond
VILLAIN: Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva
HENCHMAN: Ola Rapace…
that shot of the guy falling off the side of the skyscraper SHOOK ME
Such a sad end to a great era of Bond characters
Thank Goodness. I was beginning to question the general public's desire for more Daniel Craig Bond movies. While Casino Royale is pretty good, it can drag at parts and last about 30 minutes too long, I absolutely despised Spectre and haven't heard many good things from Quantum. That being said this is the pinnacle of what you can do with Bond, which is to create a stand alone movie. From the grit, the swagger, and overall likability of "old dog" Craig, to Javier Bardem creating such a creepy villainous threat. There is still regular Bond-esque things that I have never loved, but overall this was a very well made action movie.
This is the first bond film I've ever seen, probably not the best one to start with in terms of emotional arc, but I still for the point. This film was enjoyable- not in the fun, constant laugh out loud kind of way, but an intense, awesome fight sequences and thrilling story kind of way. Plus that cinematography? Stunning. I don't know if I'll ever get over the glass room Shanghai scene.