It’s been 4 years since we last saw Bond in the relatively underwhelming ‘Quantum of Solace’, so Daniel Craig is currently on a 1-1 tie. ‘Casino Royale’ saved the Bond franchise from a slow burning death and still remains one of the best bond movies. The best movie is called ‘Skyfall’ and let me tell you why in the next 5 minutes (depending on how fast of a reader you are).
By now Daniel Craig has had considerable time to make the part of Bond his own and it shows. His impersonation of a man who has nothing to lose and a license to kill is beginning to rank amongst the best that the series has to offer. Many consider mr. Connery to be the all-time best, but taking all things into consideration, the essence of James Bond hasn’t been captured like this in a long time.
Skyfall’s production didn’t have the best track record as well. With MGM being declared bankrupt and subsequently sold in 2010, Skyfall’s production faced a delay of almost a year before finally moving on late 2011 and early 2012. Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) never complained though, and went on shooting as if nothing happened.
So here it is: Skyfall. Like I mentioned at the start of the review, I think this is the best Bond movie that’s ever been made. And to back up my statement I am hoping you are willing to think along with me.
To make a Bond movie there are certain ingredients which you need: Beautiful women, an over the top villain, gadgets, cars and plenty of violence. On top of that you can add the catchphrases like ‘The name’s Bond, James Bond’ and ‘Shaken, not stirred’.
You can think of it as a beautiful painting, but after seeing it 22 times it becomes familiar, maybe even a bit boring.
‘Skyfall’ acknowledges all those things and creates it’s own vision of that painting. Having had 2 movies to establish Bond himself, this latest outing builds on that and creates everything, and I do mean everything, in a way that can only be described as a loveletter to the franchise. Whether it’s the always great Javier Bardem as the villain called Silva. Or the supporting cast consisting of Dame Judy Dench or Ralph Fiennes, everything just feels right.
Adding to that is a story that feels thought through, with it’s premise as well as it’s characters planted firmly in todays society. Yes, Bond is still larger than life, and the action scenes definitely stretch the rules of plausibility, but it all just feels real. Daniel Craig has the gift of making Bond tough as nails, yet gives him a soul as well. Something that Pierce Brosnan could never achieve. In fact, watching Skyfall and then popping in Goldeneye will painfully show you just how big the gap is between the ‘old’ Bond and the new.
In terms of all the other aspects of the movie: witness them yourself.
It has all the ingredients, many references, a great villain, a great script, great production values, beautiful locations (I’m looking at you Scotland) and a very able director behind the camera.
This is Bond at it’s best, and I’m celebrating it loud and clear.