Skyfall

The latest addition to the James Bond franchise is a return to form and thankfully dispels the bitter taste left after “Quantum of Solace”. Daniel Craig reprises his role as the famous MI6 operative who returns from the wilderness when the secret service itself comes under attack. Bond must overcome his own personal demons to hunt down the threat and protect the core of MI6.

“Quantum of Solace” the previous film moved away from the traditional formula in an effort to modernise the series. This brave approach did not receive a positive response from the ‘die-hard’ Bond fans who have well developed expectations for the franchise. Fans reaction to this film demonstrated the need to return to the traditions that has built one of cinema’s greatest series. The result is a Bond movie that combines high-paced action sequences with the return of the classic 007 whity one liners and shows an appropriate respect for tradition while avoiding tokenism.

The DB5 Returns

Skyfall’s success is largely due to the development of a harrowing villain portrayed by Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) who presents the perfect onscreen contrast to Craig’s physical Bond. Expertly supported by Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney the cast breathes new life into a 50 year old institution. The icing on the cake, Adele’s Academy Award winning theme just cements ‘Skyfall’ as one of the best Bond films yet.

8.5/10

About jgbarry

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Posted on March 9, 2014, in Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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