Work commitments kept me fairly busy during the final months of 2012, as a result I completely let Skyfall pass me by. Back into the fold so to speak and I finally got to see Skyfall over the New Year. After years of media attempted sabotage, which included the fact that Skyfall was due to be filmed in locations including Bognor Regis, we came to suspect a recession vision of Ian Flemings James Bond, the question of course is did we get it?
One thing is for sure Skyfall was not a sign of the recession, globally the latest installment of James Bond (that celebrated its 50th year last year) has already taken over a billion pounds globally, and have been praised by pretty much everyone that has seen it.
Skyfall finds a washed up, aging 007 nursing his wounds, and keeping a very antisocial wolf from the door in respect of betrayal. When a terrorist attack hits HQ, more specifically the office of M (Judi Dench), Bond (Daniel Craig) heads for London to stand once again as secret agent against an impending terrorist threat.
Skyfall is not without flaw, its heavily tilted in the fact that it throws as much action as it possibly can within the first 100 minutes, when rumours of budget cuts hit the media, who expected to see such action as we witness in and around the London Underground? With just 43 minutes remaining, things step down about ten gears, and things get very low key (with the exception of an explosive finale). You cannot also cover up the fact that the story is not without some major plotlines, but what is not hidden in any way is the fact that Skyfall is without a doubt the best of the Bond movies so far of Craig’s tenure.
The screenwriting team of Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan had their work cut out piecing this story together, working hard to address action, and emotion with equal balance. The team cleverly balances enough backstory, and current story together to make Skyfall the most competent Bond movie for some considerable time. They also obviously felt it was time to do something not seen since License To Kill, in killing a continuing character, but at least they round the story off perfectly.
Skyfall does exactly what you want from a bond movie, it gives a great story, and it proves that you don’t need a franchises creator at the helm to deliver the ultimate combination of thrills. With over two and a half hours of running time, Skyfall is not a drawn out viewing experience, it’s well paced (for the most part), will thrill brand new viewers to the series, and has enough nostalgic influence to keep long term fans happy.
Skyfall is out on DVD and Bluray from February 18th, click the links below to purchase it from Amazon.