Saturday, 3 November 2012

Film Review: Skyfall

Bond is back in Skyfall
The James Bond film franchise is 50, and with the release of Daniel Craig’s third outing as Bond shows all the hallmarks of still been able to deliver the goods.

Skyfall reminds film-goers that 007 is just as aware of his own mortality as any enemy of the British secret service he may need to use his license to kill on, and so is M (Judi Dench) who after classified information falls into enemy hands is asked to consider taking retirement with honours.

The apparent death of 007 and a terrorist attack on MI6 add suspense into the mix in the opening moments of Skyfall and it doesn’t end there.

It soon becomes apparent Bond is fighting off more than the usual homicidal maniac. An exchange in a museum observing a painting of a battleship with the new Quartermaster of Q branch reminds Bond that times are changing and hes fighting to maintain his existence in a modern world:

Q: It always makes me feel a bit melancholy. Grand old war ship. Being ignominiously haunted away to scrap... The inevitability of time, don't you think? What do you see?
James Bond: A bloody big ship. Excuse me.
Q: 007. I'm your new Quartermaster.
James Bond: You must be joking.
Q: Why, because I'm not wearing a lab coat?
James Bond: Because you still have spots.
Q: My complexion is hardly relevant.
James Bond: Your competence is.
Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency.
James Bond: And youth is no guarantee of innovation.

Skyfall is a good yarn taking the lead character back to his roots. Daniel Craig gives a top notch performance as Bond, displaying that this is the agent we’ve been watching all these years, defying time and still saving the world. There are also great performances from Judi Dench who adds even more depth to M, Javier Bardem as a more convincing menace Silvar, Ralph Fiennes as Mallory, Albert Finney as Kincade and Ben Whishaw as Q.

Evidently there is a feeling of a changing of the guard taking place, but it is reassuring that with Daniel Craig at the helm for a further two outings James Bond hasn’t been this good in years.

Nobody does it better? More like you’ve never had it so good!

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