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Published November 5th 2012
The film jumps straight into action. The beginning sequence gives rise to the title of this movie as Bond receives a sniper's bullet to the chest and falls through the sky into icy cold water.
Touted as the best Bond film yet, Skyfall (Mendes, 2012) certainly appeases to an action-movie junkies delight; plenty of action, explosions and gadgets. It's apparent to see from Daniel Craig's heavy stubble in some of the scenes the path the film's director Sam Mendes is willing to take in terms of added violence, heavier artillery and darker twisted plots.
Daniel Craig gives a solid performance onscreen alongside fellow actor Ralph Fiennes (who starred as Voldemort in the Harry Potter 2001-2011 films and also played the main role in the film Coriolanus (2012), which he also directed) and actress Judi Dench, who (in my opinion) gives her finest performance yet in a Bond movie.
The release of Skyfall coincides with the 50th anniversary of the legacy that is 007 James Bond; being that as it may, Sam Mendes doesn't seem to let the pressure get to him. Skyfall is a very good film that deserves its plinth upon the list of 'Top Five' films released this year.
The subtle odes made to the classic James Bond films in Skyfall are classy and in good taste. The phrase 'Shaken not stirred', a nod to how Bond wants his martini prepared, is made slight reference to as Bond receives the drink in the exact way he prefers, and with a wry smile on his face says 'Perfect' to the bartender. These inputs in the film are short and sweet but effective.
The film's antagonist taking the form of the enigmatic and unsettling Silva (Javier Bardem) fits the criteria of what a bad guy should be; frightful, cunning, mysterious and unpredictable – a worthy opponent to 007.
I highly recommend watching this film, not only because it's a well respected, iconic franchise, but because it's a well directed, well written and choreographed piece of film.