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Skyfall

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2012
  • Sam Mendes
  • 137 mins
  • 12

Summary

Spy adventure starring Daniel Craig as agent James Bond. When an operation to retrieve a computer hard drive containing the names of agents goes wrong, the authority of MI6 boss M comes under scrutiny. Her only ally seems to be Bond, who is assigned to track down the mastermind behind the theft. It's a mission that will reveal long-hidden secrets from M's and Bond's pasts.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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James BondDaniel Craig
MJudi Dench
SilvaJavier Bardem
Gareth MalloryRalph Fiennes
EveNaomie Harris
SeverineBérénice Marlohe
QBen Whishaw
KincadeAlbert Finney
Bill TannerRory Kinnear
PatriceOla Rapace
Clair DowarHelen McCrory

Crew

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DirectorSam Mendes

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2012-10-26
Languages
English | Portuguese | Japanese | Turkish
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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