Skyfall

  • 12
  • Sam Mendes (2012)
  • US / UK
  • 137 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

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.

Plot 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 and Ralph Fiennes.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Sam Mendes

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Sony
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Oct 2012
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Categories
Drama

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