Skyfall (2012)

Director: Sam Mendes
Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan
Based on: Ian Fleming‘s James Bond novels
Sequel to: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace
Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory

James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) mission is to protect a computer drive that contains the identities of several agents. But things go very wrong, Bond loses the drive and is shot by fellow agent Eve (Naomie Harris) – at the orders of M (Judi Dench). Believed dead, Bond disappears. But M has to face a lot of criticism for her actions and losing the list. When the MI6 HQ is bombed, Bond returns from his supposed death and he and M both have to face their pasts to clear this matter up.

I had heard only good things about Skyfall before seeing it and that might have made me expect a little too much. It was still a very good film, it just wasn’t as great as I had expected.

Here are the things that worked very well for me: there was much more M than in the other films and more Judi Dench is always kick-ass. Especially since she brought a sense of humor to the whole film that was a bit missing in the others (though she wasn’t the only one who got to be funny in this film, which was generally appreciated*). Ben Whishaw was great as Q. The intro was awesome.

And they really treated the women excellently in this script – which Bond is not exactly famous for, as we all know. But I liked how Bond connected with each and every one of the women in this film – on an emotional level and how they could all hold their own. And btw, what a performance from Bérénice Marlohe.

But the film did have a few lengths and some logical inconsistencies that were just unnecessary like [SPOILER] the second Q plugs in the LAN cable into Silva’s laptop, I was like, “dude, you’re the technological genius in this, aren’t you? Even I know that you don’t connect suspicious laptops to your supersecret spy network and I couldn’t hack myself out of a mousetrap if my life depended on it.” [/SPOILER] That’s just lazy writing right there.

And while Javier Bardem was great, I just thought that Silva was too much, too cartoonish to be a good villain.

But altogether, these are small complaints and I did enjoy myself and the film a whole lot.

Summarising: I’m not sure if I didn’t like Casino Royale a little better, but the quality was at least equal. And very entertaining.

*Favorite scene, btw: Silva hitting on Bond and the wonderful dialogue that ensued:

Bond: [M] never tied me to a chair.
Silva: Her loss.

Me: So true.

4 thoughts on “Skyfall (2012)

  1. Loved this one. Finally, in his third mission, Craig made Bond his own. He didn’t lose what he brought to the role in the previous outings – his coldness and his vulnerability – but also infused a little twinkle in his eye from time to time, and also the much-missed coolness. The story was great, too. The main reason why I loved this as much as I did was the direction of Sam Mendes, though (and the camera work of Roger Deakins, of course). There were so many visually impressive scenes. And the action kicked ass, too. For me, “Skyfall” is one of Bond’s best.

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