Film review: Skyfall

Posted by: on Oct 29, 2012 | No Comments

Daniel Craig’s third performance as Bond. James Bond hit the big screens yesterday. As someone who’s seen many of the Bond films, ranging from Sean Connery to the days of Pierce Brosman, the 23rd film maintains the high expectations the franchise has gathered over the 50 years since it began.

The story follows loosely on from Quantum of Solace(2008) but not too much, so it’s easy to follow even if you missed out on the others. Unlike the more intense Casino Royale(2006) and Quantum of Solace, Skyfall smoothly integrates sarcastic Brit humour into tense and thrilling scenes, particularly between Javier Bardem and Daniel Craig.

Anyone who has seen Vicky, Christina Barcelona, will be just as surprised as I was to see the attractive Spanish actor Javier Bardem, playing Bond’s opponent Silva, and doing so extremely well.

Director, Marc Forster also threw in some small but significant references to previous Bond films such as the iconic Aston Martin from Goldfinger(1964) and the exploding pen which features in Goldeneye (1995)

As well as being treated to visually stunning scenes from many different countries, including Scotland and Shanghai, the audience also witnesses the compassionate and vulnerable side to Bond that we glimpsed at in Quantum of Solace. However, there are still incredibly intelligent chase and  fighting and scenes that will not disappoint any die-hard Bond fans who are additionally rewarded with the introduction of some very familiar characters.