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After Viewing This Latest Bond Film There Is NO Doubt That Daniel Craig IS Bond!,
This review is from: Skyfall (DVD)Well this month, October 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie, Dr. No which starred Sean Connery in the quintessential role of James Bond Agent 007 working for Her Majesty's Government under MI-6, which is Britain's international spy agency similar to the American CIA. This also gives the creators of the series the opportunity to release the Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection on Blu-ray. This also is the year in which the 23rd film in the James Bond series is being released starring Daniel Craig as he reprises his role as James Bond in the soon to be released Skyfall, after putting in a stunning first performance as Bond in 2007 with Casino Royale and then following that up with an equally impressive performance again in 2009 with Quantum of Solace. This third outing as James Bond is just as impressive as the first two and arguably the best of all three.
Now there is no arguing that Sean Connery is THE Bond to which all others are compared to and there are quite a few in that list starting with; Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Pierce Brosnan, and even Sir David Niven in an earlier spoof of the Bond films in the first Casino Royale which was released in 1967. Everyone has their favorite but it is an undeniable fact that Sean Connery set the mark and no other actor even came close to it. Well that is until Daniel Craig was selected for the role. Craig's performance in Casino Royale was nothing short of remarkable and firmly placed him in contention as the heir apparent to the Sean Connery/ Bond legacy. His place as the heir apparent was then solidified with his performance in Quantum of Solace, although I must agree with several of the critics that the movie itself could have been better especially since it was cut down to a little more than 90 minutes instead of the 120 plus minutes that it should have been. However, Craig's performance as James Bond was flawless.
Now we fast forward to 2012 and the release of the 23rd film in the Bond series with Skyfall. I was fortunate enough to attend a special showing of this film and let me tell you that after watching it the mantle has now been firmly and permanently passed from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig as THE James Bond Agent 007. Craig has in my opinion surpassed Connery as the quintessential James Bond and I don't foresee that changing anytime soon as reports are out that Craig has signed on to reprise the role an additional four more times, which by Hollywood standards should give us another ten years of wonderfully exciting Bond adventures.
I am definitely going to be very careful on what I type in the next few paragraphs as I don't want to give away any spoilers. So with that in mind, here we go....
James Bond (Daniel Craig) is currently on an assignment when, through a series of unfortunate events, he is believed to have been killed while in the service of MI-6. He is fact not dead, however his true fate does not immediately become known and everyone is led to believe that he has in fact died. Meanwhile, "M" who is played by Judi Dench, gets a troubling reminder about an old nemesis from her past, Raoul Silva, a truly delightful Bond villain played with complete and total believability by Javier Bardem, whom you might recall as the main character in the Coen Brother's movie, No Country for Old Men where he played an unstoppable psychopathic hitman. Murder and mayhem ensue as MI-6 is shaken to its very core by the vengeful minded Raoul Silva (Bardem) and his insane quest to see MI-6 and especially "M" destroyed. Just when things are looking very bleak for "M" and MI-6, Bond reappears and prepares to stand between "M" and the villainous Silva.
This installment in the series is going to reintroduce you to a very lovable and truly missed character from the original films and that is "Q" who was played by the late Desmond Llewelyn in several of the older Bond films. The role of "Q" is now being played by Ben Whishaw, which may seem a bit of a stretch until you see the film. Whishaw does an outstanding job in his portrayal of "Q" and I am quite sure you will agree with me after seeing this film. Now one thing you won't see is any real reference to or involvement with Quantum in this film. As you may recall from the previous two films, Quantum is the shadowy organization run by many of the richest and most powerful people throughout the world.
And of course, let us not forget the delectably delicious Bond girls, which began with the stunningly beautiful Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, and continuing in this film with Naomie Harris as Eve and Berenice Marlohe as Severin. And speaking of beautiful women, the very lovely and talented Adele sings the title song from the movie and, like all of her songs, is simply powerful and beautiful. A song that is surely destined to be a classic.
I have now purchased my tickets in advance for the "official" midnight showing of this film on Thursday, November 8th/Friday, November 9th at Midnight to watch it a second time. And like the two previous films I will more than likely see it a few more times than that before it leaves the theaters and joins my other Bond films on Blu-ray in my personal library.
UPDATED SPOILER ALERT!!!
DO NOT continue reading this review if you don't want any spoilers given to ruin your movie experience. You have been warned!
Okay, now that the movie has been officially released here in the United States, I can go ahead and expand a bit upon my initial review. Below is a more detailed synopsis of the plot of the movie.
The movie starts off with Bond and a fellow (as of yet unnamed female M-I6 agent) chasing down a suspected terrorist who has a stolen computer disc that contains the identities of numerous undercover agents throughout the world who are working undercover in various terrorist organizations. The action is literally non-stop throughout the entire opening sequence which has Bond in quite a wild pursuit on foot, in vehicles, and even on top of a train. Very entertaining and quite thrilling up until the moment where Bond is actually shot by his fellow (as of yet unnamed) MI-6 agent, whom you will later find out that he has a very entertaining verbal sparring match with, which if you are a true Bond fan will give you a clue to her identity, which you do find out at the very end of the film. Which brings us into the opening credits with the title song being sung by Adele. My first impression was that Maurice Binder must be absolutely thrilled with this title sequence as it brought back fond memories of the earlier Binder sequences.
Bond is presumed dead which leaves a visually shaken M to mourn and ultimately write his obituary. Suddenly an attack happens at MI-6 with implications to an old enemy from M's past, although at the time we don't have any idea who it is or why the attack took place. Meanwhile, Bond is living his life with the new found freedom of having almost died and miraculously surviving by drinking and sleeping with a beautiful woman in a beach front location. I was particularly fond of the introduction of a scorpion in the bar scene. While recovering from the previous nights bout of drinking, Bond watches a new broadcast of the attack of MI-6 in London and decides to resurrect himself from the dead and go back to London.
Bond returns amid controversy and suspicion and gets put back out into the field after a series of entertaining physical and psychological tests that he somehow passes. And this sets everything else up and puts it all into play for the rest of the movie. Now I am not going to give you an entire play-by-play review of the entire movie, but I will highlight a couple of interesting points I took away from the film.
POINT ONE: The witty banter that is displayed between Bond and Silva during their initial meeting was really quite brilliant and there were quite a few funny lines delivered between the two of them.
POINT TWO: The fight scene involving Bond and several villains in the Chinese gambling parlor was pretty good until the introduction of a very large reptile which made it GREAT!
POINT THREE: You actually learn a bit of Bond's earlier history as a child and where he comes from.
POINT FOUR: You get to see the return of should I say reinventing of two lovable and cherished characters from the earlier films, Q and ? (Guess Who)
POINT FIVE: The demise of and replacement of ......
POINT SIX: The return of the Bond gadgets. Sorely missed in the last two films and horribly done in several of the previous ones.
POINT SEVEN: The return of a classic Bond character who or should I say "object" that most fans will remember from the third Bond film, Goldfinger.
POINT EIGHT: The witty references throughout this film to many things from the originals. Here is a fun thing to do when you go see the movie for a second time, try and count how many references there are to things in the original films.
And the rest you will just have to go and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed! I haven't been and I have seen it three times now.
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Initial post: Oct 29, 2012 1:26:46 PM PDT
This is not a review. This is a love letter to Daniel Craig. Please keep your man crush to yourself.
Posted on Nov 5, 2012 9:32:32 AM PST
John Cocktoasten says:
I believe Shawn and Sam Mendes went to prep school together. Yep, that must be it.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 6:59:38 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 10:03:18 PM PST
Unfortunately, the answer is NO!
But I sure wish I did. Wouldn't that be great. Probably wouldn't be much but hey a couple of bucks is a couple of bucks.
Posted on Nov 23, 2012 7:54:57 AM PST
John D. Pride says:
Goldfinger was the third Bond film. Thunderball was the fourth. Plus, didn't we just see the Aston Martin's return in Casino Royale, when he won it in a card game?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 10:42:46 AM PST
You are right! I know the order of the films, but I did goof and it should have read third. Thanks for that and correcting it now. Yes, but not with all the gadgets.
Posted on Nov 24, 2012 7:08:02 AM PST
P. J. Sacchetta says:
I'm a James Bond fan. I don't buy the "best" James Bond actor business because each one brings different attributes and a different feel to the movies. I like Sean Connery and I like Roger Moore as Bond. They're different...which is OK. We go to the movies to escape reality. We like Bond being Bond. Skyfall is a dark movie. At the end you don't feel like you've seen a James Bond adventure. You feel like you watched a flashback. I liked the movie but most of this review is just plain hype and imagination.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 9:15:33 AM PST
That's what is so great about being an American, you are entitled to your own opinion. Well, at least for now you are. Who knows in the next few years, or even months.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 9:50:42 PM PST
Joel Cigan says:
I didn't like this film. To be honest, I don't care for Craig as Bond. I feel he'd be more suited to a special ops type movie rather than Bond. He's just too buff and doesn't have the charm or wit needed and required by someone playing 007. He even needed a black cord to his ear on the mission in Turkey. Bond is supposed to fight to the beat of his own drum NOT take orders from superiors. Weird movie in my opinion. Not a Bond film by any means. Aside from Bond wearing ultra modern (not classic) Tom Ford, this film was more like a video game interpretation of Black Ops 2, and I don't like those games.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 10:12:08 PM PST
Not everyone likes everything which is great otherwise we would be a nation on sheep. Ummmm, wait a minute, I think we may be heading that way anyhow.
Well that is a different subject entirely so back to the subject matter at hand.
I didn't really see anything that would make me think of it being a video game, but since I don't play them I really can't comment with any degree of authority.
Really liked your well thought out review though.