Originally Posted November 8, 2012
There are very few iconic figures in film as recognizable and known as James Bond. Fresh of the 50th anniversary of Bond on film comes the release of the 23rd official James Bond film,Skyfall, meaning it is an Eon production. Not included are the 1967 David Niven, Peter Sellers comedy version of Casino Royale nor the atrocious return of Sean Connery in the 1983, Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again.
Bond received what some would call a reboot in 2006 when Daniel Craig introduced himself to the Bond fanatic world as the first blonde haired, blue eyed Bond. Now on his 3rd installment with the newly released, Skyfall, Daniel Craig solidifies himself as quite possibly the best James Bond, not only SINCE Sean Connery but even better than Connery. Connery is without question the most iconic Bond, making a place for himself unlike any other. But it is the film quality and great similarity to the book’s and original stories idea of Bond that makes Craig the best of all to portray him.
With a perfect return to basics, Skyfall has Bond fans asking for almost everything that may have seemed missing in the last 2 films despite their phenomenal fresh prospective. We stumble upon Bond in the midst of a highly sensitive mission that produces an opening sequence unlike any other in Bond history. Chasing an assassin thru the streets and train tracks of Turkey filled with stunts to leave you unsure whats real and whats CGI and not even caring. After the lengthy chase and visually stunning opening scene things only get more amplified from there. After some time away Bond returns after a devastating attack on the headquarters of MI6. Working closely with M and having her full trust, Bond is committed to finding the man behind the attack, They both soon discover the former double 0 agent who seems to have a personal vendetta against the head of the British secret service. Forced to look at his own track record as a double 0 and his relationship with the one willing to send him to certain death, Bond makes a choice to stick with the job and country that took him in as a Scottish orphan so many years earlier.
After a look into Bond’s childhood and somewhat destruction of that childhood, the franchise of the films seems to complete what has been somewhat of a 3 film reboot of the whole series.
No director better could have been chosen than Sam Mendes who has a way of looking at the darker side of things with a most exciting way of presenting his vision. His direction and story telling is exactly the superb touch Bond has been missing for quite some time. One can only hope for several more films to be made from this seemingly perfect marriage.
The Bond name and films are quite safe with many more to come. There will come a day when Daniel Craig can no longer play the world’s most famous secret agent, but until that time fans should only soak in the best version of the character since the original was dreamed of in the wonderful mind of the great Ian Fleming. Fans can take comfort in the fact that Craig is signed on for two more films which will tie him with the iconic Connery.
The film is not without it’s flaws, but they pale in comparison to the greatness of the characters old and “sort of” new ones.
Not to be overlooked are the performances of Javier Bardem, who might be the most amusing of all villains while being the most vindictive and sinister. Bardem’s character is out for simple revenge, hatred and terror. No world domination aspirations or financial gain. During a briefing M makes mention of the fact that the worlds and countries enemies are no longer other world leaders and countries but simple rogue terrorism. This makes it much more difficult to identify therefore guard against. Playing to real life situations and making the enemies seem more real and relatable lend to the authenticity of the film while still maintaing the unrealistic life of James Bond.
Eon Productions, Michael G. Wilson and Barbra Broccoli could not have picked a better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their fathers most beloved creation. With stunts and action sequences nearly unparalleled and the continuation of the freshest look at the world’s most beloved and longest lasting film series, the future of James Bond has never looked safer than it does right now.