Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Berenice Marlohe (For the full list click here!)
Bond is a British icon who seems to be getting better with age. I must say that the latest episode in the bond saga does not dissapoint and is a considerable improvement on the last slightly underwhelming performance.
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The story follows bonds battle against the rogue agent named Silva, who seeks to settle his vendetta against M and MI6 for their apparent betrayal. In this film as oppose to previous bond episodes, there seems to be a greater emphasis on the interplay between Bond and MI6. This is a fortunate development from previous films which usually show bond briefed on the situation and then sent off on an adventure; only to return at the end to be debriefed and told of his success.
While I still feel Daniel Craig is not the most swarve or sophisticated bond ever, he still really brings a lot of energy and grit to these films which prior bonds found it quite difficult to do. Luckily, Sam Mendes has tried to maintain some feeling of the classic Ian Fleming character as SkyFall is riddled with witty one liners and lots of light hearted conversation. I feel these elements coupled with the fact that for a majority of the film, we are re-tracing bonds routes really helps aid the development of a much softer human side to the James Bond Character.
Other actors of note would be the the excellent Javier Bardem; he played his role as the villainous and slightly camp Agent with real vigor and enthusiasm. Although It was a really strong cast of actors all over, I would say that Berenice Marlohe (Severine, the main Bond girl) deserves a mention as she brought a complex and diverse character to life and I really enjoyed watching her develop through out the film.
Points for improvements
I wouldn't say their were many however the one thing that stuck out was the overt use of the witty one liners. I realize that it is bond tradition to finish a big sequence with a pithy short line, however I think they used them a little to regularly through out the film. This tended to irritate me most at points in which the film was trying to build tension.
All in all though a truly epic bond film, I would summarize Sky Fall by saying it is nearly as good as Casino Royale and so much better than Quantum of Solace. In addition to this review I would highly recommend you take a look at the new Adele single in relation to this film named Sky Fall I think it is a great song and beautifully performed.
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Another Film you should really look at!
Bond is back and as thrilling as ever,
with Daniel Craig as the new face of
our charming spy the bond series has
never been better!