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Skyfall
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by Greg Ursic

"Chicken Little has nothing to worry about with this Skyfall"
4 stars

James Bond was the perfect icon for a world caught in the grips of the Cold War; rather than dwelling on the dull, political machinations Bond battled the forces of SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) a villainous organization that owed no fealty to any country or ideology. Suave and sophisticated, women were immune to his charms and he was always ready with a cutting remark, when his enemies suffered spectacular deaths.

After a half dozen portrayals as the titular agent provocateur , Sean Connery bowed out as Bond in 1971, and the mantle was picked up by Roger Moore who breathed new life into the character in Live and Let Die (including arguably the best song in the series). But the franchise began edging into camp beginning with Moonraker and never regained its momentum after that. 1987ís License to Kill, was an attempted reboot of the series with Timothy Dalton as the darker, edgier Bond but didnít go over well with fans, and after only one more film, Pierce Brosnan was brought in for another kick at the can with GoldenEye in 1995. Brosnan recaptured Bondís urbane flair, but the series quickly began to focus on the gadgets rather than the storylines and devolved into the absurd with two Jump the Shark moments in 2002ís Die Another Day, Brosnanís last incarnation as Bond (windsurfing on a tsunami and the infamous invisible car). And then came Craig.
Fleming fans were in an uproar when they learned that they would be going with a blonde Bond, but with 2006ís Casino Royale, Craig captured the essence of what the author had intended; a rough edged blunt instrument, who wasnít above getting himself dirty to get the job done. The final result was well received, but the peculiarly named 2008 follow-up - Quantum of Solace - not so much. Thankfully there is no better way to celebrate franchiseís 50th anniversary with Skyfall.
While trying to retrieve a hard drive containing the identities of agents embedded with terrorist organizations around the world, Bond (Daniel Craig) takes a bullet and swan dives off a bridge and is assumed to be deceased. As he convalesces in anonymity on a tropical isle, MI6 and M (Judi Dench) come under attack, and she learns itís personal; cyber baddie Silva (Javier Bardem), Mís former favorite, is, out for some messy revenge. The rather public announcement of his intentions drags our dearly departed dandy back from the dead, but Bond isnít exactly at the top of his game, death having left him depressed and with a deep fondness for the drink. Alas thereís little time for self-indulgence when youíre a super spy.

There is so much thatís right about Skyfall thatís itís hard to know where to start, but letís start with Neal Purvisí script; character driven with a focus on artful storytelling it is buoyed by genuine dialogue, and includes numerous nods to earlier films in the series, as well as some truly impressive twists. Sam Mendesí masterful direction is flawless, and you can feel his influence in every scene. Skyfallís also boasts production values that are second to none, exquisite locations including Istanbul, Macao, and some unusual London locales. And of course there are the requisite energy infused action sequences that somehow manage to seem believable. Equally important is the lack of fantastical gadgets and a veritable dearth of femme fatales to distract our hero. And letís not forget the actors.

While she may be diminutive Judi Denchís M is no shrinking violet, exuding the confidence, and ruthlessness needed for the job, and yet you get a glimpse of her humanity this time out. Daniel Craig, arguably the best actor to don the tuxedo, evinces a tangible vulnerability, signalling his newfound evolution and genuine comfort with the role. Ralph Fiennes is as impeccably British as a security committee Chairman as Ben Whishaw is nebbish as MI6ís new and still spotted Quartermaster. And finally there is Javier Bardemís over-the-top, bordering on campy take as Silva, the antisocial antagonist whose unbalanced glee is both contagious and disquieting.

Skyfall is not perfect - it tends to drag a bit in the middle, runs about twenty minutes too long and could have benefited from some more in depth narrative. Those quibbles aside, Mendes and Purvis succeed in providing what the franchise was desperately in need of; a genuine reboot that is not only faithful to its predecessors, but leaves the field wide open for re-invention and will appear to an ever widening audience. Bravo!

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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell killer bond movie 4 stars
6/12/17 Anne Selby I tried to like bond films...spectacular photography 2 stars
7/26/14 Simon why you go to the movies- fresh yet familiar, fun yet with depth. James Bond has returned 5 stars
6/03/14 george not one of the best--2 long 2 stars
3/20/14 Jack So many flaws in this film to list. Just awful. One of the worst Bond Pics ever. 1 stars
7/22/13 Annie G It's no "Casino Royale", but not too bad overall. Worth owning. 4 stars
5/25/13 Monday Morning A bit long but great overall. Old school is back & it works. 4 stars
5/19/13 richard the performances were great but i found the film dragged - IMHO it needed to be half an hou 2 stars
3/03/13 Nicole Davis I love all the Bond movies. Loved it! 4 stars
2/25/13 Geraldine Fantastic! 5 stars
2/19/13 austin one of my favorite movies of the year 5 stars
1/18/13 PAUL SHORTT A GRAND, EXCITING AND EMOTIONALLY ENGAGING NEW ENTRY IN THE BOND FRANCHISE 3 stars
12/16/12 Martin Z Absolute pointless rubbish. Overrated to a fault. Demented plot, demented dialogues. 1 stars
12/07/12 Helene Forcier Loved it! Great acting- a plausible, believable, vulnerable Bond. Most like the books! 5 stars
12/02/12 action movie fan dull first hour exciting second hour overall decent unbond like bond film 3 stars
11/30/12 KingNeutron YOU HAD TIME FOR ANOTHER SHOT, MONEYPENNY!!!11ONE! 3 stars
11/17/12 mr.mike Among the best of the Bonds. 4 stars
11/14/12 cooler most overrated bond movie ever. Hardly any action and lame plot. 1 stars
11/14/12 Marty Just OK. Bardem's character needed more. Kincaid random. Weak new actors 3 stars
11/13/12 The Big D It needed Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint! 1 stars
11/11/12 GLC great movie. Bond is back.Very entertaining. 5 stars
11/11/12 Koitus Bond as a vehicle for cool sh!t; ^ this. Great story; needed more "meat." 4 stars
11/08/12 Abigail Great film! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  09-Nov-2012 (PG-13)
  DVD: 12-Feb-2013

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  09-Nov-2012
  DVD: 12-Feb-2013




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