RELEASED 2012 RUNTIME 143 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION SAM MENDES SCREENPLAY NEAL PURVIS, ROBERT WADE, JOHN LOGAN STARRING DANIEL CRAIG, JAVIER BARDEM, JUDI DENCH, RALPH FIENNES, NAOMIE HARRIS, BERENICE LIM MARLOHE, ALBERT FINNEY, BEN WHISHAW MUSIC THOMAS NEWMAN
This is my 2nd favorite Bond film and I can watch it over and over and over. It’s pretty much a landmark Bond film, when it comes to the “rebooted/modernized” incarnation of the franchise staring Daniel Craig. It’s the first time we see the new incarnation of Q introducing gadgets, Money Penny also having her first gig and we have back M’s old office that we know from the 60’s. So everything is coming back in full circle.
In my opinion Bond films are at their best when they stay away from the Bond 101 formula and try to introduce new things. Here for the first time we get a glimpse into Bond’s past and where he comes from. Also, the spectacular finale leaves a lot of change behind. Without spoiling too much, you may shed a tear or two, especially, if you have been following the franchise since the 90’s.
In contrast to Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace James Bond in Skyfall has grown into what we typically know as the James Bond. In contrast to both predecessors here he seems smoother while still keeping the hard edge that we know from the previous two films. It’s a nice progression and keeps the franchise alive and interesting.
Also the villain played by Javier Bardem is amazing! I love his backstory and his mannerisms. He has a fabulous edge and is kind of seductive in a sexual way, even to Bond. It not only makes him an interesting villain, but an interesting character in general. He just steals every scene he is and by the end you even kind of feel sorry for him.
NEW OLD CHARACTERS
Also the new incarnation of Money Penny is great! She even gets things to do and fight alongside Bond. It’s not being said in the movie but she seems like an agent herself.
And Q? He got modernized as well. Now he is a Nerd in his 20’s which just seems so up to date. He is an Internet genius stuck behind his laptop (which by the way, has stickers on it) while overseeing the development of combat gadgets. But the combat gadgets are not these silly things we know from previous bond films, but things that actually makes sense – as he states “What did you expect, an exploding pen? We don’t make that anymore”.
Skyfall just overall seems like consequently continuing Bond’s journey towards becoming the familiar Bond we know from older times while renewing and adjusting things here and there to keep it fresh and up to date. And that’s why I love it so much and give it a perfect score.