Skyfall has been described by numerous critics as the greatest James Bond movie of all time. High praise indeed – this October celebrated not only the release of the latest film, but also the 50th anniversary of the first Bond movie, making it the longest-running series in movie history.
The plot in a nutshell: a mysterious terrorist force is attacking MI5 – hacking the systems, blowing up the headquarters and, most terrifyingly of all, disguising themselves as police officers.
Skyfall is great: compared to other Bond movies, the plot is relatively easy to understand. Admittedly, there are still the inexplicable plot twists (how did the baddie escape from his glass cage?), unbelievable villains and unlikely violence scenes (in the opening five minutes, Bond manages to survive being shot in the chest AND plunging down a waterfall from a massive height).
However, it’s unbelievable elements are ruled out by the fact that the majority of the action is set in London, making it instantly a lot more relate-able than those set in more exotic locations.
Daniel Craig is really, really great: crisp, effortlessly suave and coolly calm in all manner of situations (a little distressingly at times, in fact; the damsel-in-distress scene makes for unpleasant viewing). The supporting cast is made up of Judi Dench (unflappable as M), Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw makes a fun, young Q.
This is Sam Mendes first turn at directing a Bond movie and I have to agree with the bulk of the critics: the movie really is fantastic. My favourite of the reviews I’ve read is that by Kate Muir from The Times, who describes it as ‘a great British Bulldog of a movie… a triumphant return to classic Bond’. I totally agree. Woof woof, Mr Bond.
Oh, and PS – Adele’s soundtrack is absolutely perfect although it almost certainly will get stuck in your head for weeks.
In cinemas now