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Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. 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.
For longtime viewers of the James Bond films, one of the larger pleasures of the series--aside from the eternally awesome jetpacks and ejector seats--has been watching it adapt itself to the times, scooting its unflappable central character past the Cold War to the Disco Age to beyond the Millennium seemingly without breaking a sweat. Skyfall, Daniel Craig's third turn in the tux, lands itself firmly in the utmost tier of the franchise, delivering the expected goods as well as a rather unusual vein of introspection. Celebrating the 50th year of Bond's existence, it continues cultivating the gritty, back-to-basics vibe of Casino Royale, while also slowly letting some of the more fancifully escapist elements in through the filters. Kicking off with a humdinger of a car/bike/train chase in Istanbul, the plot finds an aging 007 on uneasy footing, struggling to get back in the game while his boss M (a magnificent Judi Dench) is marked for death by a mysterious assassin. As Bond draws closer to his target (Javier Bardem, having an absolute blast), he uncovers some details that draw uncomfortably close to his own origins. Director Sam Mendes, an Oscar winner for American Beauty, ably brings his game to the blockbuster level, keeping the globe-hopping narrative moving at a swift pace while also allowing plenty of room for the cast (including newcomers Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris) to do their thing. For all of the talent assembled on both sides of the camera, however, Skyfall's true MVP proves to be director of photography Roger Deakins, who gives an astonishingly ravishing look to the proceedings, culminating in a battle in a Shanghai skyscraper that may very well be the best fight scene the series has ever had. By the time of the surprisingly moving finale, set in a location far, far away from the standard Evil Lair, Mendes and Craig and Co. have reminded the viewer of exactly what these films can do. Where it ends is a perfect beginning. Extras on the disc include a wry and informative director's track, a more laid-back commentary from the producers and production designer, and an exhaustively detailed look behind the scenes. If you want to learn more about Bardem's wig, that information is available. --Andrew Wright
Over a dozen all-new revealing featurettes about the Bond women, car, villains and more plus:
-Commentary by Director Sam Mendes
-Commentary by Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and Production Designer Dennis Gassner
Disc 2: DVD + Skyfall for Portable Media Players
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When M reads the Tennyson poem in the courtroom you get goosebumps, because you detect the truth in the words. Epic. Also, the shootout at the Skyfall Lodge reminds me of an old American Western. In the words of Bond: "Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first."
Is this movie formulaic at times, and hard to believe? Of course, it's a movie, and we watch movies to escape. But there are also some important themes in the film: loyalty, honor, perseverance, duty, integrity, courage. We need more of this in "action movies."
Bond deals with a man having stolen sensitive information, information his boss M badly wants back. An act of desperation on M's part leads to Bond being wounded and worse, the stolen information used against her and MI6. Bond returns to face this anonymous threat as he and M are on a path of great danger. Definitely one of the most realistic of James Bond stories, worthy of a Fleming novel. Though a bit to serious as very few jokes and one liners are told, some lovely women and a few gadgets.
Great to get this on Blu-Ray for that Digital Copy.
Dashing Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever in all Bond movies and in Skyfall he's just terrific! He portrays a Bond that is so vulnerable and yet so strong! Javier Bardem is irresistible to watch with superb acting that you can't help to momentarily sympathize with him until he starts blasting things here and there and threatens Mr. Bond. Can't say we love Q but he helps Mr. Bond a lot so we forgive him. Love Judi Dench as M so tender at heart and yet so ruthless at work. Ralph Phiennes is great as usual. All together we can sense the emotion of all the characters in this one and can somewhat understand the reason why they act the way they do however unjustifiable.
Can't stop watching Skyfall again and again over time. It's a brilliant movie and we'll recommend it to all.
Craig, however, surprised me in a good way. As physically rugged as Connery, he brings a darker and more intense feel to the role and that is never more apparent than in "Skyfall." In it, the writers give us not only action - and plenty of it - but also a deeper understanding of Bond's often complicated relationship with "M" - played to perfection by Judi Dench - and the demons that haunt him. Javier Bardem, as the villainous "Mr. Silva" - provides a nice counterbalance to Bond: It is easy to imagine that 007 could well have gone to the dark side for the same reasons.
Well worth the price of admission?