Skyfall (2012)

16726615_024fadf33c0c0ff8bc605bf1f1a9963e_xlStarring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Ola Rapace, Helen McCrory, Nicholas Woodeson, Bill Buckhurst

Directed by Sam Mendes

Expectations: Very High. I love Bond.

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Skyfall might not be perfect, but it does so much right. Its opening action sequence is the perfect example of how a modern Bond film can echo the over-the-top camp of classic Connery-era Bond and still retain a modern feel. They wisely keep the action believable enough to be believable, while also concentrating on making it awesome enough to be awesome. It’s a perfect marriage and Skyfall is a Bond fan’s dream come true. This opening, which also leads into what is probably the best modern Bond credits sequence, is worth the price of admission alone.

Skyfall does a lot of interesting things as it plays with Bond and his cohorts, the most impressive of these is basing the story around the series’ supporting characters who were always regularly pushed aside after their requisite scene telling Bond what he’ll be doing next. This continues the grounding of the character started in Casino Royale, taking the series to the next level before then taking us a level deeper into Bond’s psyche (and his past). Skyfall goes places you would never expect in a Bond film, while also delivering action and situations that would feel at home in any of the Bond eras. The screenwriters must be absolute Bond nerds, and we are all reaping the benefits.

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Discussion: James Bond

With Skyfall‘s recent release, I thought it would be a good time to bring up the world-famous 007! James Bond is a film and literary icon, with an unprecedented series of film stretching from the 1960s all the way to today. And there’s no sign that interest in Bond’s adventures is waning, as each installment is met with excitement. So with this in mind:

Who’s the best Bond, and what’s your favorite Bond film?

For me, it’s easily Sean Connery. I like everyone else in the role too, but Connery is without question my favorite. He was the only Bond I saw growing up, so perhaps this had something to do with it. As for a favorite film, I’d say Goldfinger. I know, I know… it’s clichéd and quite obvious of me to go with those two, but they’re popular for a reason! I could just as easily go with From Russia With Love, a film that has only gotten better every time I see it, but Goldfinger has always been my go-to Bond fix. So what’s yours?

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