Growing up I remember watching some of the Bond movies starring various actors playing the iconic character. I never really fell in love with this franchise however as I always had the feeling that they offered the same type of story time and time again. Rinse and repeat until it felt silly (which probably was because of the Roger Moore movies).
The franchise needed some new blood and made relevant again and with Daniel Craig and Casino Royale it was pushed into Bourne territory. I really liked the movie, but felt disappointed again after seeing Quantum of Solace. Although I wasn’t really excited about this new installement in the adventures of Bond I did decide to check it out with the hopes it would offer that which I loved in Casino Royale.
Straight from the start Skyfall manages to deliver with one of the best action scenes I’ve seen this year, taking place in Istanbul. It’s the type of action that just as easily could have been in the opening of a Fast and Furious or Batman movie and it immediately sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Daniel Craig’s Bond is a vulnerable one, as we’ve already seen in the previous two movies and this also rings true for Skyfall. His patriotism is what drives him and he’s willing to go the full distance to make sure his country remains safe even if that means giving his life.
Although the story is a typical Bond story, it feels unique and sometimes feels inspired by something like The Dark Knight with some similarities in story. I really enjoyed Javier Bardem as the villain, who is responsible for some funny moments.
A big part of the previous two movies was the relationship between M (Judi Dench) and 007, with M always try to help him as much as she could. M was as much of a force to be reckoned with as the secret agent she was advising. She knows her agents and is a strong woman fighting for her beliefs even if she has to go against what others are telling her. As one of the cornerstones of the new movies she returns here, more important than ever.
And as for all the controversy of Bond only drinking a certain beer? As with previous movies it wasn’t that big of a deal as he only does so in one scene and is happily drinking a martini later in the movie. The DNA of what makes Bond hasn’t been lost and there are regular references to previous films. This is the Bond movie I was hoping it would be and probably one of my favorite movies this year. After 50 years Bond still manages to remain relevant and that’s impressive.
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