“I think everyone knows that ‘Quantum of Solace’ was a shameful mistake that should be buried in a shallow grave alongside the Bond excrement of ‘Moonraker’ and ‘Die Another Day’”

Skyfall Review
By Simon Jago

The Bond franchise is a funny one for me because despite the fact that most of the films are pretty terrible and there’s actually a limited few that stand up by themselves, if you’re ever at home on a Saturday afternoon and a Bond film is on the television you can’t help but sit down and watch it. I think everyone knows that ‘Quantum of Solace’ was a shameful mistake that should be buried in a shallow grave alongside the Bond excrement of ‘Moonraker’ and ‘Die Another Day’, but I can’t help but be really exited to see Daniel Craig don the tux once more.

After James Bond (Daniel Craig) fails a mission in Turkey and is left for dead, M (Judi Dench) and the rest of MI6 mourn the loss and move on. However, Bond returns from the grave after an assassination attempt is made on M. With nothing known about this mystery villain other than he’s a computer genius who can hack into MI6′s security, Bond sets off on his usual globe trotting to find whoever is behind this all. However, he seems to have lost his edge since his close call with the death.

Ok so the first thing that needs to be established about Skyfall is the fact that Bond is back and now we can finally begin to wash away the rancid shit stain that was ‘Quantum of Solace’. Compared quite a lot to ‘Casino Royale’ which in my mind is the best Bond film, Skyfall is definitely up there with all the classic Bond elements but with the serious grittiness of the first Daniel Craig instalment. The entire film runs with the theme of out with the old and in with the new and I think they’ve done a great job of setting up the future of the Bond franchise.

The film itself in the context of Bond movies is a lot more character driven. For once the world is not in danger from some nutter with a cat and a giant space weapon. The story focuses more around Bond and his relationship with M. Javier Bardem as Silva is brilliant as the latest Bond villian. He’s sick, demented and slightly camp, which ticks all the boxes and he reminded me a lot of the menacing performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’. All the performances are great with Ralph Fiennes as Malory, Ben Whishaw as the new Q and Naomie Harris as Bond’s partner in the field, Eve.

Despite the film’s great look and stunning cinematography there are some pretty ropey CGI moments. For example there are some unnecessary close up shots during the bike chase at the beginning that look like they’ve been filmed on a green screen set up in George Lucas’s living room. I always hate to see a poorly CGI’d helicopter in any film and this unfortunately had three hovering over one of the worst computer generated landmasses I’ve witnessed outside of a Star Wars movie.

Skyfall in my mind is an excellent addition to the Bond franchise and by itself stands up as a great movie. James seems to shoot less people in this one and doesn’t seem to bed as many young and impressionable women as he usually does, which I can imagine might put some people off but the film itself still smacks of Bond and in my mind is a close second to ‘Casino Royale’.

Maniac Rating - 4 Stars