Bond movie no. 23 premieres in London on October 23rd and is officially released on the 26th of October (although not till 9th November in the U.S.) The most un-secret of secret agents, James Bond, in his latest outing is already the worst kept secret so what more can I tell you that you haven’t already gleaned elsewhere.
Well, not much…. except it seems to be good news all round.
Daniel Craig reprises his role as J.B. Another J.B. plays the villain: Javier Bardem. All good stuff. Sam Mendes is directing so this is potentially good news if he doesn’t get distracted by ‘beautiful’ plastic carrier bags (a la “American Beauty“) and channels his “Road to Perdition” form instead. Mendes has even suggested he may be willing to stay on to direct the next Bond film if the audiences enjoys “Skyfall“. Crumbs!
Fortunately, the early previews shown to critics have met with positive reactions – a return to form has been suggested. Indeed, so enthusiastic is the praise for “Skyfall” that it has even been called “the best James Bond film yet” (IGN)
Here are some more quotes to get your head around:
“A flawlessly assembled thrill ride with a cast to die for and a nakedly emotional undertow.” Totalfilm.com Rating: 5 stars.
“Skyfall is pretty much all you could want from a 21st century Bond. Cool but not camp, respectful of tradition but up to the moment, serious in its thrills and relatively complex in its characters but with the sense of fun that hasn’t always been evident lately.” Empire magazine Rating: 4 stars
So what’s it about?
After an operation in Istanbul ends in disaster, James Bond is missing and presumed to be dead, and the identities of every active undercover MI6 agent are leaked onto the internet. In the aftermath, questions are raised over M’s ability to run the Secret Service, and she becomes the subject of a government review over her handling of the situation. When the service itself is attacked, Bond’s sudden reappearance gives M the pretext she needs to seek out Raoul Silva, a dangerous villain claiming a personal connection to both of them – but as he follows a trail from London to the South China Sea, Bond soon finds his loyalty to M challenged over secrets from her past. (Source: Wikipedia)
Other than Craig and Bardem, the quality cast includes Helen McCrory, Berenice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes. The underrated Rory Kinnear also features and I only hope that he is reprising his role as the British PM from Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror – The National Anthem” although this is probably a forlorn hope. I’m sure he could have done with James Bond’s help in that episode though.
Four years have passed since the misfire of “Quantum of Solace” (2008) and 6 years since the last quality Bond outing, “Casino Royale” (2006). That’s a long, lean time for a James Bond fan like myself who not only watched the films religiously when they were on TV but also rented the whole back catalogue from video stores when they weren’t. Even during the dark years of Pierce Brosnan, I never gave up hope that it could come good again one day although I was very close. Thankfully, it looks like it has. In its 50th anniversary year, it looks like Bond has come good again.
If this movie is half as good as has already been suggested, I can’t wait.
ps. The Aston Martin DB5 also features as does Scottish Highlands as one of the film’s many locations (woo hoo!)
Watch the official trailer below:
Listen to Adele’s theme song for “Skyfall” below:
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