Published on October 26th, 2012 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
Summary: Daniel Craig is back as James Bond in is toughest mission yet.
When Bond’s (Daniel Craig) latest assignment goes gravely wrong and several undercover agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked, forcing M (Judi Dench) to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust, James Bond. 007 takes to the shadows, aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris), following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.
Celebrating the franchises 50th anniversary and coming off the lacklustre ‘Quantum of Solace’, this 23rd entry in the Bond canon as a lot to live up to, thankfully it does with flair and could possibly be the best of them all. Hiring Sam Mendes was a great step in making this a grounded, more character driven piece. I know Bond fans had to wait an extra-long time because of the MGM bankruptcy a few years ago but i think this has helped this film refine itself into a well-rounded and possibly game changing film.
This new Bond flick is a standalone film, rather than continuing the story arc from ‘Casino Royale and ‘Quantum Of Solace’, which proves to be a superb thing as Bond goes through a lot in this film, essentially breaking down his character to then rebuild him again, just like Bruce Wayne in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.
Daniel Craig is James Bond now, with many not thinking he could do it originally, here he cements his standing alongside his predecessors with a character who must dig deep within himself to overcome the obstacles he encounters. Judi Dench can’t do anything wrong in any movie and her portrayal of M, especially in this film, will be the benchmark for many bond movies to come.
Newcomers to the franchise, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Albert Finney all have stellar scenes throughout with the main love interest, Severine, played by Berenice Marlohe, having an especially spellbinding couple of scenes and is a revelation. The standout though is Javier Bardem, who is just mesmerising as Silva, he doesn’t appear till halfway through but when he does you can’t take your eyes off him. Playfully messing with Bond and M in equal measure, he truly is the best Bond villain in a long time and I’d like to see him, at least, Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor next year.
The film sizzles with awe inspiring visuals courtesy of cinematographer Roger Deakins, terrifyingly original and amazing action scenes with stunt coordinator Chris Corbould bringing out the best in his team. It’s incredibly well edited by Stuart Baird, who has had a stunning career and is one of the best in the business while the iconic music is given a much needed breath of fresh acoustics by Thomas Newman, who swirls the orchestra into a frenzy of percussion but also giving the quiet moments much pathos too.
It all comes down to the director though, and the producers seem to have given Sam Mendes free reign over this film and it is the bond movie we’ve all been waiting four long years for, it actually exceeds expectation and you can’t say that about many movies these days. It’s got everything you’d expect from a Bond flick plus a whole lot more to boot. Bond is indeed back and may he return for another 50 years.
‘Skyfall’ is out in cinemas now.