The Bond extensive franchise, which lasted generations–50 years to be exact—is known to many for its sharp and stylish clothing, lavish action thrills and dangers, exotic locations, and not to mention those gorgeous and sexy Bond girls. The Bond series, which spearheaded a gazillion of undercover, secret-agent action films throughout the years, started over 50 years ago with Dr. No, starring Sean Connery. Fast forward to the 21st Century and we have Daniel Craig as the sixth Agent 007 with his third outing, Skyfall.
The movie starts with a high adrenaline cat and mouse chase as James Bond pursuits someone and he does what it takes to get him. From a car chase to a motorcycle chase, the sequence concludes to a fist-fight on top of a train. One judgement call and Bond falls off a bridge into the water and into oblivion. I was in action-coma at this point and it’s just the start of the movie! Adele comes in with her hypnotizing theme song that leaves everyone spellbound. This is the end. Hold your breath and count to ten. BRAVO.
The new generation Bond is not a conventional dashing-debonair type, nor an indestructible super-protagonist. It is more on the jagged, more-realistic take on the franchise. In Skyfall, James Bond comes as a vulnerable middle-aged alcoholic man who is in need of a rehab. When a cyber-terrorist from M’s past tries to put down MI-6 and its agents, James Bond rises from the dead and will stop at nothing to apprehend this psychopath. But the question is that, is Bond strong enough physically and mentally, and so is M?
Daniel Craig and Judy Dench did tremendously well in playing a sort of an ambivalent, mother-son relationship. Javier Bardem, who plays the bleach-blonde-haired main nemesis Silva, is at his usual best. He is pure evil with a taste of comedy and androgyny, though he is not in the same level as The Joker (Heath Ledger) in The Dark Knight. I am not complaining at all. I am awfully scared of Bardem! The rest of the cast includes, Ralph Feinnes, Ben Whishaw, and Albert Finney. And then the Bond girls: Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe. They are extremely HOT, but except for the shower scene and intimate shave scene, James Bond has little time for sex. The central story of Skyfall revolves around Bond and M’s relationship.
Director Sam Mendez has selected several GORGEOUS locations. From the summit of a glass tower in Shanghai with a jellyfish floating in the background emitting blue lights; to a luxurious private gambling den floating off the shores of Macau; to an abandoned ghost-town island in the middle of South China Sea, every location is a total visual feast.
If I am to compare Daniel Craig’s generation of James Bond films (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace), I think Skyfall is his best Bond yet. If there are people who are still not convinced with Daniel Craig as James Bond, you have to see this film. Maybe James Bond’s hobby of “resurrection” is true after all, for it rejuvenated the franchise and tells the world that Agent 007 is certainly back.
4.5 out 5 stars