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'Skyfall' Starring Daniel Craig and Directed By Sam Mendes

The 23rd James Bond film directed by Sam Mendes

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The Spy Who Loved Me Came In From The Cold

  • Nov 11, 2012
Rating:
+5
It really is funny when you think about it.  In 1995 when James Bond was reinvented for modern times with Goldeneye and had of all people, M tell Bond that he was, if I'm not mistaken a "Sexist Misogynist Dinosaur: A Relic of the Coldwar."  Now it's 2012.  M is still Judi Dench and SHE of all people is being called "old fashioned" along with Bond who may still have the look but after coming back from a near fatal injury may not have the sharpest edge anymore.  It's too bad for everyone around them, cause much like Captain America in The Avengers, a little old fashioned is what people need right now if the world is going to be safe and now in it's 50th year-no one is more old fashioned, or yet more awesome then James Bond.

After the cinematic equivalent of blue balls with the previous Bond film Quantum of Solace, Bond really is "Back" as he's often been called so many times before.  Best of all it's the best kind of Bond, Bond the human being.  Not the superman who ends up smelling like a rose even after crawling around a sewer, but a man who has frailties and we can see come back and root for.  Now don't get me wrong-superman Bond is great but real Bond is better and he stands out more when you actually see the man who you think sometimes has a big red S on his chest running around actually conquering some adversity. 

Better still, is that the story is a nice tame and believeable one.  A stolen harddrive with secret agent info that could expose plenty of agents in the field and drive the world further into chaos. 

The movie has a running theme with "shadows" and that shouldn't be a new one for Bond, but it's nice that it's remembered since Bond is best at being a spy and is generic when he's a action star.  The villian for example is in the shadows, only being revealed in the last end of the second act.  The finale takes place in shadows of Bond's old home and a great irony, when the new Q, some prissy know it all right out of college kid brags about how his hacking could do more damage in a yada yada then Bond could do all who gives a shit-it's Bond who saves the day.  In a wonderful scene towards the end-an email from the new Q warns M that her life is in danger, but knowing what she has all along, needs to play the game her way and face down a room of sniffy higher ups while danger looms-for if she leaves, that would be playing it safe and her prosecuters will think she really is as weak and outdated as they think, but Bond is on the way to save her, if he can make it in time.  M can't play it any other way and Bond knows of no other way.  It's one of the best scenes ever in a Bond movie.  Any of them.

That brings me to the villian.  Javier Bardem, a fatuous former MI6 agent left out in the cold after his spying games got too much for M.  He now very simply and effortlessly creates terror around the world for a high price.  Not too different from Trevalien from Goldeneye, except Bardem's Silva is far more menacing and memorable.  Trevailien was largely miffed whereas Bardem's Silva goes from being light and airy to showing absolute dread in his actions.  Rarely do you actually have any sympathy for a Bond villain.  Silva doesn't get much, but some and it's more then any have had in the past.

The opening title and song are classics too.  Adele's theme will be a classic like Live and Let Die and Nobody Does it Better and I always love the simpler opening intros over the bombastic silhouette girl ones.  The films locations get back to being exotic too instead of mundane.  The Turkey streets and roofs scene in the open followed by the stunning Hong Kong skylines followed up with a taught stalking game with a sniper.  The Macau casino is GORGEOUS and the villian's hideout, while mundane is certainly different.

If you got turned off like I was by Quantum of Solace, then Skyfall delivers over that films shortcomings and more for it's own movie.  Bond is back, Daniel Craig put in his best job as Bond (another third time is the charm for an actor in the series) and for the camps out there who think Bond hasn't been good since the 60's, time to tune in again.  Bond is back in the shadows, where he belongs, but it's not so dark you don't see him either.
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November 13, 2012
I enjoyed this quite a bit. I have to say, I liked this almost as much as CASINO ROYALE. The Macau casino was indeed awesome--plus the waitresses LOL!
 
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