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"Skyfall" celebrates 50 years of Bond

Movie Review

By Leah Coffman
On December 10, 2012

"Skyfall," the latest installment in the Bond franchise opens with a bang! 

The eponymous hero lies seemingly dead in the water before the opening credits roll against the title song, hauntingly sung by Adele.

The film perfectly blends action and drama.  The script, written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, has a series of excellent one-liners from Bond as well as moments of dramatic intensity.  

The plot is driven by a revenge-bent former agent, determined to punish Dame Judy Dench's M for her perceived 'sins'.  Javier Bardem's performance as the twisted genius Silva is a marvel to watch, particularly as he spars verbally and physically with Daniel Craig's Bond. 

The two are matched against each other as "the two survivors" and the duality between the two throws the psychologically and physically damaged Bond's loyalty to M into sharp relief.   Bardem's Silva is sure to be remembered among the best of Bond villains.

Bond's struggle with his personal resurrection can by felt by the audience as he tries to regain his strength and killer instinct.  He drowns himself in drink and painkillers before finding his way back to the maternal arms of M.  His inner demons could have been more fully explored but the film keeps a nice pace, moving the action forward.

In celebration of 50 years of James Bond, a parade of references to past films add color and continuity.  The famous Aston Martin DB5 from "Goldfinger" makes a reappearance and the shockingly young Q, played by Ben Whishaw, quips to Bond, "What did you expect, an exploding pen?"  The nostalgic elements play well against the modern world Bond now inhabits, as do the themes of death, resurrection and survival. The film engages from beginning to end and is more than worth the cost of admission. 





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