DID YOU KNOW?!!
Here are some quick facts about Skyfall and James Bond in general before I get into my review:
- Skyfall is the twenty third James Bond film.
- It is Daniel Craig’s third film as James Bond.
- It is Judi Dench’s seventh and last portrayal as M.
- It’s been 50 years since the first James Bond film in this particular series which was Dr. No.
- Sean Connery played Bond in Dr. No.
- The series is based on the twelve novels and two short collections by British author, Sir Ian Fleming.
- Other authors have written authorised bond books since Ian Fleming’s death and one is expected in 2013.
- The franchise is the longest continually running film franchise.
- It is also the second highest grossing film franchise behind Harry Potter.
- The first time Bond was portrayed on camera was in the 1954 one hour TV adaptation of Casino Royale with Barry Nelson playing James Bond!
- So far since first release two weeks ago, Skyfall has grossed $287,000,000 without it premiering in the US. I expect that number to increase well over the next week!
Also, here’s a little story about my experience watching Skyfall before i start the review:
Some of you may have noticed I got a free ticket to watch the premier from my TL last Thursday but unfortunately I was at work meetings and didn’t get done till the film was way in progress however, I decided to still go watch the movie on my own dime just to relax for a bit and then return to work.
Upon getting to the cinema, I noticed the premier was still on so I decided to find out if they started as scheduled. I got a ‘yes but you can still go in’ but I decided against that because there was just about 15mins left to the end.
What I want to note is that everyone who went in to watch the movie in the premier hall got a bottle of Heineken on their way in and another one in a package as they left. I found this hilarious because all I could think of was, ‘I hope no one misbehaves’.
Onto the movie……
[toggle title=”Plot/Production“]It’s a James Bond flick so as expected there’s a decent plot and very good production but may I say this now, trailers LIE! Even though the production was really good, the trailer could have made the movie more than it actually is; so I urge you not to go with the expectations from the trailer but to know that the plot and production were genuinely solid.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Cast“]James Bond, Agent 007 played by Daniel Craig
I must admit I wasn’t such a big fan of Daniel Craig initially as James Bond because I thought he was more of an ‘agbero’ than any other James Bond I had seen. He just seemed too brutish and Un-James Bond like but I guess he’s rubbed off on us since Casino Royale and we now look forward to his initial crazy chases and stunts that occur almost immediately the movie starts.
I must admit also that with Skyfall I believe Daniel Craig has broken the stereotype bond character and given him more life, more emotions, and almost less play-boyishness.
Raoul Silva played by Javier Bardem
It is almost as if every action flick these days is trying to outdo the other when it comes to the weirdness of the antagonist in their films. I laughed for a minute when it seemed like this dude was coming on to James Bond; I just could not believe what I was seeing. It’s almost impossible to watch a movie these days without some reference to homosexuality and I cannot imagine why! This guy was entirely driven by revenge against one individual (mummy as he kept calling her) and I imagine he was happy with the way the film ended *wink*
Javier did undergo some major make over for this role and to buttress my point, a couple beside me were arguing if it was him or not acting the role.
M played by Judi Dench
This woman would have been a mean no nonsense mother if she had any kids (and I mean the character not Judi herself). She did her job expecting any outcome and wasn’t one to waste time regretting or giving in to self pity. I guess it made the weight of the job easier for her but in my opinion she could have had a little bit of heart.
I respect Judi’s acting skills though, there’s nothing like watching an experienced person do what they do best! I sure will miss her as M.
Gareth Mallory played by Ralph Fiennes
No matter where I see Ralph, the first picture that comes to my head is Lord Voldemort and I laugh because I’m sure a lot of people may not realize he was the one who played the role.
Here he’s a bureaucrat but has a good balance between his role and the role of MI6 so he is able to make better judgement calls than his colleagues. MI6 really didn’t realize their good fortune in getting him instead of one of those other guys on M’s panel except maybe Eve Moneypenny.
Ralph is going to take over as boss in the next few movies so I’m hoping we get to see an evolution of his character maybe eventually loving the character as much we loved M.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Supporting Cast“]I believe the rest of the cast was quite good although they weren’t given too much to do with some having more of a role than others; this enabled the story revolve round the main three characters.
Of notable mention are: Naomi Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Berenice Lim Marlohe as Severine, Ola Rapace as Patrice, Ben Whishaw as Q, Albert Finney as Kincade and Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, MI6 Chief of Staff.[/toggle]
Skyfall was a good watch and I may want to watch the movie again since these folks in the cinema business have decided not to give us new films! (that’s highly unlikely though as I haven’t even succeeded in watching Avengers a second time).
Have you seen it yet? Did you enjoy it? Are you planning on seeing it soon?
Let’s know in the comments!