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Skyfall
MGM
Directed By: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig
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The Short: Skyfall is the third Craig Bond movie, but letís hope itís not the last. These three movies make the old incarnations of the character feel old and outdated. This movieís twists and turns go hand in hand with fresh approaches on different elements in the Bond universe. Skyfall is a great Bond movie, and itís got me extremely excited to see where they go next.

The third Daniel Craig/Bond film is as good as the previous two. The difference is that Bondís not a fresh 00 agent anymore- heís years into her service for MI6, in fact heís probably at the end of the line. Heís an old dog with old tricks, not a new dog with old tricks. Itís a different place for Craigís Bond, but a fun place nonetheless. Skyfall is a tremendous movie for a number of reasons, but mainly because we get to see Bond in new places and circumstances, dealing with things heís never had to deal with before.

 

When you think of James Bond, the word old doesnít come to mind, but thatís where Bond is at in Skyfall. On a mission to recover a lost list of terrorist organizations, Bond is on point on a mission, and heís being assisted by a fresh field agent named Eva. While fighting a deadly efficient assassin named Patrice on top of the train, Bond is in danger of losing the list. Eva is on higher ground observing the fight with a sniper rifle, and sheís not sure if Bond is going to get the job done or not. She asks for Mís call to take or pass up on the shot, a shot thatís going to be close- she could miss Bond and hit Patrice or she could hit Bond and miss Patrice. M gives Eva the go-ahead to take the shot. She takes the shot, hits Bond and he drops down into a river several feet below and is assumed to be dead. Of course James Bond isnít dead, he makes his way back to MI6 after a terrorist attack blows up the headquarters.

 

Behind the explosion at MI6 headquarters and the theft of the list, is one Mr. Silva. Heís an ex-agent of MI6 who was once the agencyís top 00. However, at one point things went south and M had to make a tough call. Silva felt betrayed and years later heís out to get revenge on M. Bond of course, has been very close to M over the years and he has to protect his friend. He goes on an all out mission to find and track Silva, and then to guard and protect M.

 

Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond. His entrance into the role was greeted with only slight enthusiasm, but throughout these three movies, heís been brilliant. Heís not like the Bonds of old. Heís about substance over style. Craig fits this generation best because heís the perfect anti-spy. Youíd expect everything to be overly technical, but itís the opposite- Bond gets shot, breaks bones, gets poisoned- he gets thoroughly bruised and battered through the course of these movies. Itís nothing but the capability of Daniel Craig that pulls this off. Craig is an amazing actor, but heís a better Bond. In a way heís evolved the character so much that he reshaped it for a new generation. Thatís the main reason why Skyfall works. The action is amazing, the acting, the writing, everything is great, but Daniel Craig is the engine that makes Bond run and he makes it run perfectly with Skyfall.

 

As good as Craig has been, heís never had his equal play the villain during the past two films. That is until now- Silva (played perfectly by Javier Bardem. (No Country for Old Men.) Bardemís character is amazing and Silva is the best Bond villain that thereís been in a long time.

 

The blu-ray release of Skyfall from MGM and Fox comes home with a plush transfer. The picture and the sound for the release are both flawless- as youíd expect. The extras on the release feature audio commentary and some great documentary/behind the scenes features on making the movie. Thatís all you can hope for.

 

Skyfall is the third Craig Bond movie, but letís hope itís not the last. These three movies make the old incarnations of the character feel old and outdated. This movieís twists and turns go hand in hand with fresh approaches on different elements in the Bond universe. Skyfall is a great Bond movie, and itís got me extremely excited to see where they go next.





 


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