Written October 21, 2014
From start to finish, the action never stops in this latest Bond thriller. Daniel Craig is THE Bond of our time with a performance that is honest, gritty and entirely believable. Despite my dismay at having a gay villain (too many people already believe gays are evil and this won't help) Javier Badem's portrayal of a twisted former agent gone crazy after being 'given up' to be tortured for months as a political pawn is chilling and heart wrenching all at once. Keeping with tradition, Bond travels to several exotic locales leaving me with an overwhelming desire to book passage to Shang Hai asap. With lots of nods to the original Bond films from the 60's, this film has something for fans of all ages.
Written December 20, 2014
Skyfall strips the James Bond franchise down to it's essentials, with affectionate nods to past adventures along the way (the Walther PPK, the Aston Martin, Q and Moneypenny). But rather than simply wallow in nostalgia, the movie also reshapes Bond to truly fit the modern age; something Casino Royale began, but more in set dressing (the use of cellphones and computers) than actual story line. Gone are over the top supervillains with outlandish fortresses in space or stroking their cats in hallowed out volcanoes. Today's threats are more internal and tenacious (a rogue agent who seeks revenge through cyberterrorism and is not hellbent on ruling the world so much as turning it upside down). A recently injured Bond also must rediscover essential truths about himself in order to regain full confidence. It's also one hell of a ride, too! This may very well be the most personal Bond movie; but it's not a soap opera by any means. One of the best Bonds in years.
Written April 28, 2015
Skyfall is a terrific movie. Daniel Craig continues to shine as the best Bond since Connery, in my opinion. Dame Judy is wonderful, as she always is, as M. Javier Bardem makes for a convincing and foppish but not cartoonish villain. The Craig movies have shown us Bond is not just a spy but a man with issues and vulnerabilities and a personal story we have rarely seen. No spoliers here but be prepared for some surprises. Everything old is new again.
Written November 10, 2012
Incredible movie from the first 5 minutes until the end. Incredible sound and special effects. I don't think it would have been as amazing if I didn't see it in the IMAX theater!! Loved Craig as Bond....SEXY!! The villian was perfect, and of course "M"!!! I fell in love with "Q" and his addition to the crew. Remarkable plot throughout and I was on the edge of my seat the whole movie!
Written April 01, 2015
As with Connery's "Goldfinger," and Moore's "The Spy Who Loved Me," Daniel Craig smashes one in a very big and British way in Skyfall! The producers, Eon Productions, who are celebrating 50 years of giving us England's arguably "greatest contribution to Western civilization besides afternoon tea" (Hugo Drax in "Moonraker"), have stated that this film does not carry on the Quantum storyline from the previous 2 films, and, just as "Goldfinger" and "Spy" also did, accomplished its mission with ripping success. The film is a winner on many fronts: enough traditional Bond tie-ins to keep baby boomer like me happy, enough action to keep the Ciemark goers from boredom, but most importantly, the film is so well acted by a brilliantly casted team . Great writing, action, and realistic effects make for a very entertaining outing.
Oh, and there is that Aston Martin DB5, this time of correct RHD specification (I was one of those malcontents with the LHD car in "Casino Royale." GO SEE!