Skyfall Review

I’m a huge fan of James Bond and I was pretty bummed about Quantum of Solace. I wasn’t thrilled at all when Daniel Craig was cast as the famous Brit spy in Casino Royale but after watching it, I instantly loved the new gritty and realistic take on the character.

It’s been 4 years since the last Bond film so let’s see if agent 007 is back to his best.

The Plot

In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost

Skyfall is the twenty-third spy film in Eon Productions’ James Bond series, produced by MGM, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment. It features Daniel Craig’s third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film’s villain. The film was directed by Sam Mendes and written by John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

The Verdict

After the disappointment of Quantum of Solace, I was very eager to see how this film would pan out. Daniel Craig is one of my favourite bonds because of his different style. It’s a more gritty version of the suave spy, it’s not all about being sleek with Craig but you can see he draws that sense of style in his focus. Plus he’s the fittest so the stunts are more believable.

There are a lot of trust issues in this film. While as a secret agent you know your priority is your country, the trust for the people you work with comes into question. I like how these cracks are well portrayed in this film obviously between Bond and M.

Javier Bardem puts on a performance that probably ranks him as one of the best villains from the franchise.

New dynamics are at play here with the introduction of a young Q played by Ben Whishaw. We get a hint of what to expect in future films when Q guides Bond over radio through London’s tube system and I think it will turn out to be an interesting love hate relationship.

I don’t want to give too much away but Skyfall has transformed James Bond into a human, vulnerable spy. You see his struggles both physically and with trust issues in his facial expressions. He’s keeping it inside so that he can get the job done but you know he’s broken.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Definitely one of the best Bond films in the past decade and I think it was really important for Bond fans that this movie did well especially after the potential we saw from Casino Royale.

By Elliott Danker

Skyfall opens in cinemas 1 Nov

Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore

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