“Skyfall” Review: Bond Strikes Back by Joseph Misuraca

Posted on December 27, 2012

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Sam Mendes’ Skyfall is the best James Bond film to date. It harks back to the 007 fans adored. He’s debonair, he’s a womaniser, he’s pulling off impossible feats of stamina and strength, he’s drinking his martinis (shaken not stirred), he’s using ingenious gadgetry and he has a license to thrill die-hard viewers.

The British spy franchise has turned a fifty years old and is looking younger than ever. This is the twenty-third installment in the longest running movie franchise in history. There is nothing stopping this billion-dollar bonanza.

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Ye Olde Bond Poster

Daniel Craig returns to reprise his role as the leading secret agent. Bond confronts a new adversary, Silva, played by Javier Bardem, who was born to play villains. Bardem is renowned for his award winning performance as the hitman, Anton Chigurh, in the 2007 No Country for Old Men. He is menacing and memorable as the psychotic and vengeful ex-MI6 agent turned cyber-terrorist.

The stoic M, Judi Dench, helps Bond to discover who is divulging the details of British spies and bombing the MI6 headquarters. Ralph Fiennes is wonderful as Gareth Mallory, the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee and Ben Whishaw is great as a charming and youthful Q. Berenice Lim Marlohe is convincing as the seductive femme fatale, Severine and Naomie Harris plays Eve, an agent who helps Bond on his missions.

A reclining Bond is a sexy Bond.

There are unforgettable one-liners, witty puns, tame sex scenes, car chases, explosions, gun battles and references to previous Bond films, particularly the Sean Connery years.

You will notice similarities between the characters and plot in this film and that of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. An intriguing yet vague back-story to Bond is sketched out.

Background scenery metaphors, FTW!!!

Craig is comparable to Connery as Bond and his performance is captivating. His Bond embodies what many men aspire to be: sophisticated, sexy and strong.

Adele’s song in the opening credits is soulful and fairs well against other Bond tunes such as Shirley Bassey’s sassy Goldfinger.

Not only is the acting fine; the directing, the cinematography and the intricate screenplay are fantastic. And of course, Barbara Broccoli is one of the producers.

Although it is nearly two and a half hours long, it is an exhilarating and fast-paced experience.

Bond has been reinvented for the Y and Z generations and this film is a testament to an enduring and always-changing hero and icon.

What did you think of the new Bond film, do you agree with Joseph pronouncing it a triumph or do you cast aspersions over the whole Bond thing? Tell us in the comments. 

If you’d like to read more of Joseph reviews take a look at hi recent appraisal of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.

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