Skyfall

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Skyfall

Sam Mendes (2012)

137min
12A Certificate
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Review

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Director Sam Mendes brings all the classic Bond elements together to make this 23rd film in the series one of the very best. The ever-impressive Daniel Craig begins his third 007 outing all washed-up, having been left for dead after a mission backfires. When national security is compromised, it's a bestubbled, battered and booze-soaked Bond that reports back for duty, casting serious doubts on his fitness for the job. Likewise, the future of M (an outstanding Judi Dench) is called into question by a parliamentary committee eager to see her made accountable for her department's failings. Although Mendes is still best known for the Oscar-winning American Beauty, any doubts that he can deliver on the thrills front are quickly put to rest by a breathless pre-credits sequence through Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. But perhaps the biggest stunt he pulls off is creating a convincing human drama - centred on the complex relationship between M and Bond - to ground the all-important action. Mendes is also helped by an intelligent, witty script (no cheap double entendres here) delivered by a fine cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Albert Finney. But it's Javier Bardem as Silva, the campy, (almost too) Hannibal Lecter-like villain with a pathological need to settle old scores, who gets all the best lines. The sheer class of the production is felt in Roger Deakins's polished cinematography, Adele's emotionally charged theme song and a beautifully judged appearance by that ultimate Bond accessory, the original Aston Martin DB5. Released 50 years after the first Bond film Dr No this production not only pays tribute to the series in style but paves the way for its form in the future.

Summary

James Bond pursues a mysterious criminal mastermind who has orchestrated a terrorist attack on MI6 headquarters and exposed the identities of undercover agents around the world. The trail leads to a rogue former operative who has a personal vendetta against the intelligence organisation's leader. Action thriller, starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Naomi Harris.

Cast & Crew

James Bond Daniel Craig
M Judi Dench
Silva Javier Bardem
Gareth Mallory Ralph Fiennes
Eve Naomie Harris
Severine Bérénice Marlohe
Q Ben Whishaw
Kincade Albert Finney
Bill Tanner Rory Kinnear
Patrice Ola Rapace
Clair Dowar Helen McCrory
Director Sam Mendes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Oct 2012
Drama