Films featuring varying levels of obvious and less obvious homoeroticism.
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…
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.)
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…
Well, wasn't that one of the best opening credit sequences ever!? It was awesome! And the movie got my attention completely right from the beginning. I was amazed at Bardem's performance. The plot was intriguing, action/suspense packed in perfects amounts. Loved the references to the classic elements of the Bond series which let you to be reminded of the huge trajectory they have had.
Yes. It is different. Calm, collected and thoughtful. Older and refined. It has many things that are not like before but also... it is a true Bond in many ways. The bad guy, excellent Javier Bardem, Miss Moneypenny, Q and M, and all the rest (Including Ralph Fiennes!). And... 007 himself. I liked it a lot. And not just because of Daniel.......
Aside from the silly computer-y bits, this is a very solid entry in the franchise.
I loved this version of bond... Also, just the house. I mean, Daniel Craig is one thing, but that house though. A swoon may have happened.
Loses its magnetic suaveness somewhat not being viewed in the cinema in glorious IMAX, but Skyfall's still pretty good. Will forever state my case that Daniel Craig is the best Bond; fuck Roger Moore and his campy bullshit. The bit where Bond insinuates he's bi-curious slayed me.
Daniel Craig - James Bond
Ok, I lose, I finally think this movie is better than Casino Royale, and I fucking loved Casino Royale. The scenes/sets in this movie were fucking amazing and the cinematography s/o Roger Deakins and action are so GOAT, with such a good villain, Javier Bardem is the GOAT antagonist actor...
This is a very fitting tribute to the characters 50 years of being a leading cinematic franchise. Daniel Craig has been a wonderful actor to portray 007, while Bond still isn’t blond, he does have the cold blue eyed stillness of the M16 (and often torture) assassin. He is a man that can be injured and be hurt physically and emotionally and for a long time that was missing from the character. While it would seem all the major story lines (and titles) of Fleming’s book have been use or marginally adapted, Skyfall uses both of the traditionally elements of the franchise without going over the top; for example, like Moonraker but keeps it slightly more down to earth like…
Only real issue with this is still that Javier Bardem isn't as threatening as Javier Bardem could be, instead follows the typical campy Bond villain tradition, however he's not useless like the villain in QoS, and not too campy that he no longer works as a villain. Daniel Craig's Bond shows a more human side than any Bond before him, and along with the more realistic, well everything, in this movie makes this Bond one of the best, helped by more splendid work from Roger Deakins.
The only scene that stands out as being anything special to add to the series ever growing list of spectacular scenes is the shanghai sniper scene, nothing really stands out from the typical modern…
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