Daniel Craig is back as Bond in Skyfall, the 23rd film in the Bond franchise.
Skyfall’s plot is simple. M16 is in danger after sensitive information has fallen into the wrong hands. It is up to Bond (Daniel Craig) and M (Judi Dench) to take care of this. But, are Bond and M too old for this game? Is it time for retirement and for the younger, tech savvy, generation to take over?
In Daniel Craig’s 3rd outing as Bond, 007 has gone back to basics. While many have praised Craig’s depiction of Bond in Casino Royale and Quantum Solace, there was something ‘Bond’ like missing.
During Skyfall, many references are made to the past, including, “sometimes the old ways are the best” It’s like the film makers took this line to heart and went back to basics and as a result have made one of the best Bond films in a long time. They have finally discovered that sometimes there is no need “to teach an old dog new tricks” because the tricks the “old dog” already knows are fabulous enough!
Everything is right in this film – the music, the action, the style, the beauty, the tone, the pacing, and the best Bond villain in a long time!
Javier Bardem’s Silva is to the Bond franchise what Heath Ledger’s Joker was to The Dark Knight. He is freaky looking, evil, and a real match for Bond.
The love story is also bang on! My favourite ever love story has been, not that between Bond and his long list of women, but the relationship Bond has with M. I love when M and Bond share the screen. In this film, this relationship is allowed to shine. Yes there’s a Bond girl (Bérénice Marlohe’s Sévérine) thrown into the mix but it’s great to see that the relationship that comes to the fore is the one between Bond and M.
Skyfall is just like Bond – stylish yet rugged, suave, exciting, action packed, with a wry sense of humour, shaken, not stirred, and leaves you wanting more. Welcome back Mr Bond, it’s so good to see you!
You can see Skyfall, in Irish cinemas, from Friday 26th October.