Skyfall (2012) – 8/10 Bond / M movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Sam Mendes
Writer (Characters’ Creator) James Bond 007: Ian Fleming
Daniel Craig: James Bond 007
Judi Dench: M
Javier Bardem: Silva
Writer: Neal Purvis
Writer: Robert Wade
Writer: John Logan
Ralph Fiennes: Gareth Mallory
Naomie Harris: Eve
Bérénice Marlohe: Sévérine
Albert Finney: Kincade
Producer: Barbara Broccoli
Producer: Michael G. Wilson

Skyfall (2012)

While attempting to retrieve a list containing the identities of every undercover agent in NATO territory, Bond is badly injured – at one point, he is presumed dead – but his irrepressible call of duty compels him to attempt a quick return to active duty. M wants him back too, as he is her man for fighting those in the shadows.

8/10

"Some men are coming to kill us. We’re gonna to kill them first." – James Bond
This is a less bombastic than usual, great-looking Bond which manages to deliver a myriad of welcome touches of humour and nods to the franchise including a better-than-expected cameo from Goldfinger. Sad to say, the action is not given enough clarity once more, not as shredded as Quantum of Solace thankfully, but generally the audience isn’t given quite enough information to comprehend the scene (leaving the opening crane sequence of Casino Royale the only iconic action of Daniel Craig’s Bond so far). The real goods in Skyfall is the cast. The movie truly captivates when Bardem’s bad guy eventually makes his classic entrance. He’s cool, insane and unsettling quite apart from his memorable physical appearance and ghoulish secret. Daniel Craig conveys Bond’s strut managing to withstand considerable onslaught from the moving times, his own aging, injured body and Bardem’s hand. But the absolute highlight of Skyfall is Judi Dench. She knocks one-liners out of the park (she’s much better at them than Craig), she has chemistry with absolutely everyone, she has charisma beyond her diminutive size, she conveys humanity and necessary hardness. It turns out that this isn’t just a Bond film, it’s a M film.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, bad language, adult dialogue and violence and mild sexuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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