Sunday, 4 November 2012

Skyfall movie review

Just got back from seeing Skyfall at the Odeon with the family.  My husband is a massive Bond fan and Daniel Craig is his favourite Bond (mine is Sean Connery, but that would be another post entirely) so we were expecting great things and we were not disappointed.

From the beginning we were thrust into the action in Turkey and introduced to Eve (Naomie Harris -  Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean) when she is put in an impossible position by M (the fabulous Judi Dench) and herein lies the basis of the movie, M's undue influence on her agents.  Bond is enjoying his death until he hears of an attack on MI6 and returns to confront M.

Despite failing the agency tests, M puts Bond back into active service, much to the chagrin of Mallory (Ralph Fiennes - yes Voldemort himself) who is tasked with easing M into an early retirement.  But Bond tracks down the man responsible, Silva (Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men) with a personal vendetta against M.

I don't want to give anything away, but there were a few twists, some fascinating nods to Bond's family history, some excellent locations (Shanghai was particularly stunning) and a quirky new Q in Ben Whishaw (Layer Cake, The Hour).  Bond back to its best.                                  8.5/10

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