Skyfall

 

Bond is back after 4 whole years off, the worlds most famous secret agent graces our screens in his 23rd outing. Returning to the role for a 3rd time, Daniel Craig still has the hard edge grit that made the previous two a breath of fresh air, although this time with added humorous one liners. After getting shot in the line of duty and presumed dead for 3 mounts, the British super spy comes back home to MI6 to stop a cyber terrorist leaking the list of undercover operatives lost by M (Judy Dench). Skyfall is just as much M’s story as it is Bonds’s. The story involves a ghost from her past coming back to haunt her, giving Dench a meaty role this time round. This ghost is in the form of former agent Silva, played by Javier Bardem hell bent on revenge. It is a pleasure to see Dench get a decent story line that is key to the plot, being the connection between Bond and Silver as a mother figure.

Bardem’s Silva feels very traditional villain from the Fleming novels brought bang up to date in modern times. Sporting some ridiculous blond hair, he goes for a more creepy unhinged approached rather the megalomanic with the taste for world domination.Oscar winning director (a series first) Sam Mendes keeps all the drama and the action some weight and a touch of class that is pleasurably noticeable. Armed with a strong supporting cast, featuring Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Bérénice Marlohe, Skyfall has a boisterous score from Thomas Newman and gorgeous Cinematography by  Roger Deakins making it the best looking Bond film.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the franchise, we see the return of the Aston Martin DB5 witch provides some good natured jovial humour towards the end, however it clashes with the dark feel of the films conclusion. While serving a tribute to the memories gone by, the jokes and the use of iconic car compromise the dark and intense moments. It was inevitable that the serious tone was going to change, but producers wanting to look back while going forwards feels a tad evan. Witch is a shame because while at its best, it does feel like the best one. Still with Craig still at the top of his game, there is never a dull moment with some interesting decisions, it ends with the sense of a series reborn with great things to come. Roll on Bond 24.

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