When MI6 headquarters and M (Judi Dench) are personally targeted, James Bond (Daniel Craig) resurrects himself to uncover who is behind the attack.
Skyfall was worth the four year wait since Quantum of Solace. An explosive first sequence was tiptop; with car chases, motorcycles on Turkish rooftops, and an impressive fight on top of a speeding train. In Skyfall Bond has become more adaptable to his surroundings, relying on brains (as well as brut). Bond is in a dark territory, as is M. Their jittery relationship is put to the test when they have to work closer together than ever before. Daily activities no longer involve watching entire countries-but chasing ghosts that can disappear with the tap of a keyboard. The brave new world of terror is not fully realized by some bureaucrats in the British Government.
Javier Bardem, as master-villain Silva, had a sunny disposition brought on by his microscopic engineering. He feels deep down that he can successfully outmatch Bond, even if he is not holding a gun…and he does. Silva’s introduction was really cool because a long cut was used by director Sam Mendes (I’m a sucker for long cuts). Intelligence Chairman Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) and Q (Ben Whishaw) provided support to Bond, even if they might not fully believe in his current ability to do the job. Mallory has enough military experience to see a good plan, helmed by Q, and stay the hell out of the way.
Skyfall was a major improvement from Quantum of Solace, but still not as good as Casino Royale. I think Daniel Craig’s last two Bond films will be his best because there will be nothing left to lose. Sam Mendes added these stylized shots with eye-appealing lighting. From the opening scene with Bond’s eyes lighted just right in a hallway, to a giant jellyfish on the side of a Shanghai building, and (for a third example) Bond’s arrival at a Macau casino. Anticipation for Bond 24 hits critical mass with the last scene. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take four years.
I give Skyfall - ★★★1/2