Some have called Skyfall the “greatest Bond film ever” and, while I agree that this film sets a new high bar for spy/espioage films, it just did not feel like James Bond. Though director Sam Mendes brings the British spy into the modern era, it takes a bit to get use to.
My dad grew up in the era of Roger Moore, a debonair, charming, and sophisticated Bond. Thanks to him, 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 Jason Bourne.
Skyfall tells the story of a former MI6 (Javier Bardem) agent who is bent on vengeance after he was abandoned by England when he failed at a mission. It pits James Bond against a foe he has never encountered before and one he does not fully understand.
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 (Naomie Harris) who goes from hero to zero by the end of the film. It mixes in old characters with new actors who perform their roles in a modern take. Some might take some time to get use to.
I would like to give a shout out to Ralph Fiennes as a British government official who has a significant role to play in the film. He is perfect for the film and I have a feeling we will be seeing him a lot more in the franchise.
Outside of that, 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.
FAVORITE QUOTE: You know the answer to that. You know the whole story.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Foul language, Sensuality
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