Some have called this the “greatest Bond film ever” and, while I agree that this film sets a new high bar for spy/espionage films, it just did not feel like James Bond.
My dad grew up in the era of Roger Moore, a debonair, charming, and sophisticated Bond. I saw Live and Let Die, Moonraker, The Man With The Golden Gun, etc. This peaked my curiosity so I rented other films starring Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan. Each actor had a different way to portray Bond, but a few things remained consistent: his charm, his smoothness and his suave nature. Daniel Craig has none of these qualities.
Daniel Craig is a cunning, broken, dark James Bond. He just did not fit the profile for the 007 agent we all know and love. It honestly felt like watching a British Bourne.
In all fairness, The Bourne Identity, was EXTREMELY overrated. Skyfall was not. While I’m saddened to see the original James Bond persona go, this new James Bond has its benefits. The movie had one of the most amazing plots I have ever enjoyed watching. The cast was undeniably excellent. The only disappointment was Ms. Moneypenny who goes from hero to zero by the end of the film. It was a thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Also move over Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die, Adele’s Skyfall song is now the best James Bond opening theme.
Yes, go and see it! Even if you are like me and miss the old Bond and Casino Royal/Quantum of Solace disappointed you, Skyfall will not.
By the way, I know I’m in the minority, but Timothy Dalton stint was my favorite of the original James Bond films.
- Daniel Craig as James Bond, agent 007.
- Judi Dench as M, the head of MI6 and Bond’s superior.
- Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva the film’s main antagonist.
- Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee.
- Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, an MI6 field agent.
- Bérénice Marlohe as Séverine, Raoul Silva’s mistress.
- Albert Finney as Kincade, the gamekeeper of the Skyfall estate.
- Ben Whishaw as Q, the MI6 quartermaster.
- Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, the MI6 Chief of Staff.
- Ola Rapace as Patrice, a mercenary.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, violence, and sensuality