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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.)
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Directed by Sam Mendes
Distributed by Metro-Golden-Mayer and Columbia Pictures
THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE: November 9, 2012
PLOT SYNOPSIS: When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M (Judi Dench) 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 (Daniel Craig). 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) - following a trail to the mysterious Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives…
I wish I was as beautiful as this movie's cinematography, or as charming as Daniel Craig, or as sexually magnetic as Ralph Fiennes.
Daniel Craig is James Bond once again in one of the good Bond films. Opening action sequence is fantastic and hooks you in immediately. Javier Bardem as the villain is different and well played. One of the better recent Bond films.
The third time I've tried to watch this. I really want to like James Bond movies, but they just don't hold my interest for long. I always feel that behind the scenes is some producer going 'what city can we get to pay us $$$ to shoot an extended tourism ad.' Also, 'isn't gambling fun? Aren't casinos luxurious?'.
Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, is the third film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. Being released during the 50th anniversary of the Bond films, it had high expectations, and it lived up to the hype, a much more successful installment after Quantum of Solace. Filled with great cinematography, thrilling action, and strong performances, Skyfall is one of the best Bond films. Doesn't beat Casino Royale for the best Daniel Craig Bond movie in my opinion, but a very close second. Don't miss out on this one, it's a fun watch, even if you aren't a James Bond fan. This was my first Bond film, and I enjoyed it so much that it got me into the series.
“Think on your sins”
“Skyfall” starts off with the message that it wants to tell us something meaningful. Bond films are mostly escapist adventures, though some of them occasionally went against the archetypical formula to tackle some interesting themes.
“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was the first to have him actually fall in love and make 007 more of a vulnerable human being, “Licence to Kill” had James going rogue after the traumatising events happened to his best pal Felix Leiter and “Casino Royale” gave us a full-scale reboot with Bond becoming Bond during the course of his first assignment.
Those films are among the better entries too, just because of their different nature. That different approach only works however…
Probably the worst film out of all of the Daniel Craig era of Bond films!
Honestly.... the best bond movie ever made
This was actually the first James Bond movie that I've seen entirely. I've watched a few minutes from some of the other movies, but I've never watched a complete Bond movie from beginning to end. So for being the first Bond movie I've fully watched, it was pretty good. I was expecting more action and less drama and I was not expecting that strange gay scene or some significant deaths, but it was overall a good movie.
thank god for wong kar-wai