Skyfall (2012)

Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012

Wow! The James Bond 007 films have drasticaly changed throughout the years. “Skyfall” marks the 22nd James Bond movie. The actor playing James Bond, Daniel Craig, is the 8th actor to take on the role of Bond, and 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Bond, agent 007, has always been a world travelling, womanizing, fearless spy. The format of the average Bond film is….. 1.James Bond is assigned a mission. 2. He obtains cool new spy gadgets from Q. 3. He gets involved with a woman that has some connection to the villian of the mission. 4. He investigates something related to the case. 5. He gets invovled with a non-villainous woman. 6. She dies. 7. He kills the bad guy. 8. Mission completed.

In 2006, “Casino Royale” was released. “Royale” felt more like a rebooting of the franchise then a continuation. This was the first of the three Daniel Craig Bonds. Craig’s Bond didn’t start out as a womanizer. He was a ladies man that found love. This film showed the audience that his love/woman being taken (killed) drove him to become this vengeful killer and promiscuous loner with attachment issues.  “Casino Royale” lead directly into “Quantom of Solace.” “Solace” was an action packed gritty continuation of “Royale.”  Both of these films felt more thought out, more cinematic, and more like quality films (not just a check mark on a list that says, “yes, we completed another 007 flick to keep the series alive).

“Skyfall” surpasses both of the previous Craig Bond films, making it easily better than any other film in the franchise. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, and Jarhead) directed “Skyfall” so I new the film would well made, but I didn’t know if
 he could handle an action film as well as he does here. The great thing about “Skyfall” is that you don’t have to be a 007 fan to enjoy this movie. With no knowledge of the previous installments and no past interest in Bond in any way, I believe you could go
to this movie, sit back, and watch a well shot entertaining action movie. This film going experience reminded me of seeing 2009’s J.J. Abram’s “Star Trek.” I had no interest in the source material of “Star Trek,” in fact I wanted to not like it, yet I loved it.
Sometimes a movie is just so good that you are almost forced to like it, “Skyfall” is that good.           


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