Written July 31, 2014
This was the most balanced and mature Bond ever. It had a lot of action and great characters. Nothing was really over the top or naive like in some other Bonds. The "shaken-not-stirred" classics were all in there, but in careful subtle ways. Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench were all phenomenal. The opening title with Adele song is fabulous.
Written July 25, 2014
Of course, Daniel Craig is amazing, but what a script! This movie brings together so many pieces, and sets the Bond movies up for a fantastic future. 007 is really back to being the classy spy with a license to kill that Ian Fleming created.
Written July 31, 2014
The film, "Skyfall", of course, was brilliant. The IMAX experience, not so much. What is IMAX, but a gigantic screen where they have shoved the audience right up against it. I can not see picture from the front, and they shouldn't even be allowed to sell tickets that close. My experience was horrible. I left with a headache and a bad mood. I want the $60-something I spent, to show my friends a good time, back. I'll wait and catch it again at the crappy $1 movies theatre, and sneak in some good wine.
Written August 01, 2014
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!
Written November 10, 2012
Just as the theme of the film seemed to center around whether Bond and M were becoming relics of a previous age, so too does the Bond film itself. While the actors, story, dialogue, pacing and direction were all more than competent, I couldn't help but feel that things were just a little too mechanical; a little drained of energy. It seemed to check all of the boxes on what Bond films have delivered in the past, but nothing that really stood out.
Having said that, the IMAX presentation was a fantastic match for the film, since there were several establishing and travelling shots that were wide-screen panoramas of landscapes or cityscapes—these looked stunning. I most remember the overlook to Bond's childhood residence and the approach to Shanghai downtown. If you have the opportunity to see this in IMAX, do so.
In summary, if you're in the mood for a Bond film, this will almost certainly scratch that itch. But don't expect to be wowed.