November 9, 2012 Skyfall
Studio: MGM Rating: PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking.
The world's most famous spy is back. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond 007 in "Skyfall."
Directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, this 23rd installment of the Bond franchise starts off with a bang. Bond is in Turkey, where some top secret files have been stolen. His pursuit of the bad guy ends on the top of a moving train. A fellow agent is along for the ride and is forced to make a life and death decision. Unfortunately, it doesn't go well for Bond and he is hit with the shot.
While Bond is missing and presumed dead, MI-6 continues its search for the missing files. However, attacks on their agents in the field and the organization's London headquarters puts the agency's director M (Judi Dench) on the hot seat.
But have no fear, it takes more than bullets a long fall and a raging river to stop Bond. He returns and sets out to find the mastermind of the plot.
After capturing his enemy, played by Javier Bardem, Bond thinks it's mission accomplished. But the villain escapes and starts wreaking havoc all across London.
Bond has to return to his roots, protect M from a vengeful past and stop the threat once and for all.
This is the 50th year for the Bond franchise and you may think that the series would naturally be growing a bit stale.
You would be wrong.
"Skyfall" is Bond at his absolute best. Most of the gimmickry of the recent films has been stripped away, leaving an older and bit more vulnerable hero to try and save the day. Craig is fantastic as the resurrected agent. Even when he's not 100 percent Bond is still a formidable man.
Dench is given much more to do here than in any of her previous Bond appearances and she delivers a haunting performance as M in the must difficult stretch of her career.
And although we don't see him until later in the film, Bardem's villain is a perfect match for our hero. They are similar in many ways and that's what makes him a very dangerous opponent.
I don't know if "Skyfall" is the best Bond film ever, but I'm certain it should be in the conversation. And there is one scene which pays homage to this series long history. Longtime Bond fans will love it.
On my rating scale, "Skyfall" hits a HOME RUN.
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