Movie Review: Skyfall

It’s been fifty years (yes, I said 50!) since the first James Bond movie.   The franchise has morphed extensively over the years with different actors wielding the Walther PPK and, like the pistol, things change in Skyfall.

Those of us who have grown up with 007 all have our favorite Bond and Bond movie, but I think it is safe to say that much of the gusto had waned as of late.  The producers of Skyfall recognized the malaise and used the fiftieth anniversary as a moment to at least partially re-start things and, in doing so, make some clean breaks with the past.

Where Skyfall succeeds best is in its respect for the good things that came before while letting much of the “tired” stuff go.  There are cast changes that serve to appeal to a younger fan base, but there are some nice homages to previous Bond film icons that brought a smile to my face.

The requisite action sequences are all here, as well as the usual female scenery that serves as treats to the eyes.  Javier Bardem plays the heavy with yet another unflattering haircut and Daniel Craig continues to make his own James Bond.  The plot is ridiculous (diplomacy and potential foreign residuals limit the choices of ‘evil empires’ so computers are the vector for Javier’s deranged character), but I still had a good time here.

Perhaps most importantly, Skyfall once again makes me look forward to the next (the 24th?) Bond installment.


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