I am PLEASED to say that Agent James Bond, 007 is BACK armed with his license to thrill! After the rather lackluster performance of Quantum of Solace, Skyfall was a much needed breath of vitality to the 50 year franchise. YES, indeed in 1962, Dr. No was released as the first Bond movie. I will not detail the plot of the newest installment; however, I will touch on some of the things that made this a return to form.
- Old Friends: Chief among them was Q. Albeit a a very young Q but I see great things coming in future movies. Hopefully, a return to the repartee between the Quartermaster and Bond from days of old. A few other surprises along the way that I will save.
- M: Dame Judi sure breathes life into what was always a cardboard cutout. Instead of the stereotypical head of MI6 who presents 007 with his latest assignment, she has become a much more dynamic and interesting character. Skyfall is as much an M-centered movie as it is Bond.
- BIG ACTION SEQUENCES: These seem to have been missing in the last two movies. Trains, motorcycles, helicopters and other myriad pieces add to the FUN of the film. I would really enjoy another good snow ski extravaganza.
- Supporting Cast: I cannot remember a Bond film having such a cast of well-known performers. Ralph Fiennes (without his make up as Voldemort … ok so he has been in other movies) and Javier Bardem (who plays ANOTHER memorable villain).
- Daniel Craig: Maybe the third time was the charm. Mr. Craig has finally lightened up a bit from the stoic, seriousness of Casino Royale and QoS. You can almost see him winking at the camera. Thank goodness, as he has signed on for at least two more turns.
I am hard-pressed to find anything I did not like about Skyfall. Even Adele’s theme song was reminiscent of the best of them. The previous theme was another less than memorable aspect. Perhaps the gun barrel OPENING the show would be nice instead of closing it?