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Sunday, November 18, 2012


I had my first encounter with James Bond when I was 6 years old with Roger Moore's For Your Eyes Only. My grandfather is an avid fan of the series and thus, I spent most of my weekends with Bond's adventures even though I find it hard to comprehend with the plot. It was the gadgets and the action scenes that made me glued to to the screen. After 50 years and several actors playing the slick agent, the 23rd installment is released.

Skyfall follows the events after Quantom of Solace, where Bond gets over with his marred and scarred life with the loss of loved ones. In Skyfall, he once revisited his past which made him the agent that he is at present. Skyfall starts with Bond's investigation with an attack against an MI6. During the crucial pursuit, M (Judi Dench) made a decision that made everything go upside down as well as the return of a retired agent seeking for revenge against M.

Skyfall is the first Bond film since it reboot with Casino Royale that featured the original Bond insignia where he walks and then shoots directly to the cam, well, you know the gist. It is refreshing to see this and it must be very hard for Daniel Craig to wait for that moment. Basically, Skyfall brings back the basics, the plot, the music and the feel is so Bond-like. Casino Royale features Bond as neophyte in the business thus, the flaws. He is not as slick as the previous film actors, Craig's Bond is scruffle in nature. With Skyfall, he learns from his mistakes and ultimately becomes an agent with a fearless facade.

There were characters who are coming back in Skyfall and hopefully on the succeeding installments. The original Q left the series after Die Another Day after his death and we never get to see him on the 21st and 22nd installment. Now, he is back, shiny and new. There will be deaths which could play an important role in the next films.

Bond is such a delight story-wise that it would engage its viewers and make them reminisce of how good the films were. Skyfall is a reminder that Bond's appeal is still in effect and no one can surpass the greatest agent of all time.



1 comment:

  1. Not the best Bond movie ever, but one of the best action movies of the year and just a total thrill-ride from beginning to end, with a couple of great character moments shoved in there as well. Nice review Mavin.