Viewed – 06 November 2012 Cinema
I make no secret of my love of Casino Royale. Also of the fact I think Daniel Craig is the best Bond we’ve ever had. So sitting down to watch this 50th anniversary entry in the famed franchise, filled me with excitement. Bang! An opening action sequence to blow the audience away, leading to the traditional Bond movie title song … which as in recent years, is instantly forgettable (sorry, Adele).
Make no mistake, unlike the new approach and fresh reboot of Royale, this outing has Bond written through it from beginning to end. Even that timeless theme is ushered in at almost brain-numbing regularity. Daniel Craig again is perfect, tough, charismatic and looks cool throughout, even if this time he’s more classic Bond than ruthless assassin, and yes ladies he’s shirtless A LOT. On fine villainous form is No Country For Old Men’s Jarvier Bardem who is brilliantly slimy and more than your typical egomaniac. Yet the star of the show, surprisingly is Judy Dench, cementing her reputation as one of the best actors of her generation, totally owning the role of ‘M’, delivering many of the movie’s best lines.
Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) was probably not the best choice, with his approach often resembling one of those satirical commercials, and the script does have a few ‘huh?’ moments (the Shanghai sequence). Also the reliance on references to classic Bond got a bit much, with the movie often struggling to find it’s identity – was it trying to be new and fresh, or old and nostalgic? That being said this still delivered some great moments (the final showdown is pure class, and the moment the Aston Martin DB5 is revealed is a total crowd pleaser). Yet for me, although I had a good time, by almost undoing all the good work of recent years, this ended up feeling a bit outdated.
Verdict: 3.5 /5
- Review: ‘Skyfall,’ the best Bond ever (mercurynews.com)
- Skyfall Daniel Craig is the best James Bond (and a bit like Harry Potter) (lesleycroftblog.typepad.com)
- Skyfall writer wants Bond Oscars (bbc.co.uk)