Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, is only the third one I’ve seen.  My only real knowledge of the Bond universe comes from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and the Goldeneye video game I used to play at my neighbors house on his Nintendo 64.  Even though I’ve never seen the others (and don’t have any immediate plans to) the Bond series is one of my favorites.

I didn’t love Casino Royale, mostly for the cheesy dialogue, but I thoroughly enjoyed Quantum of Solace.  I know that’s contrary to the way most people feel, but I don’t care.  So here we are four years after, from what I can gather, one of the most hated Bond films. Will the new one be any good?

Well in my opinion it was fantastic.  My favorite of the three.  It was a nice mix of Casino Bond and Quantum Bond, and I appreciate the way the writers have developed Bond throughout these movies.  I also appreciated the addition of Ben Whishaw as Q.  Whishaw was fantastic in Cloud Atlas and it was cool to see that he was equally great in Skyfall.  Molly and I were a little disappointed by the lack of Javier Bardem throughout the movie.  For being the main villain he didn’t get much screen time.  Molly likened it to The Dark Knight Rises in which the main antagonist is actually revealed toward the end.

For me, the whole Craig era has played a lot like Nolan’s Batman trilogy.  There are quite a few similarities in the back stories and chosen career paths of Bruce Wayne and James Bond.  And the end of Skyfall even had a reveal that one character was Eve Moneypenny, a role from previous Bond films.  I half expected Bond to tell her she should go by Robin at the end!

As a stand alone movie I think Skyfall would be very good. But as a continuation of this series it was excellent.   I believe there are only two more with Daniel Craig as Bond, and if Skyfall is any indication, the best is yet to come!

written by: Tyler Clements


2 thoughts on “Skyfall

  1. Buddy2Blogger says:

    It looks like Skyfall is heavily influenced by The Dark Knight trilogy. Hardly surprising, considering that Chris Nolan himself is a big fan of the Bond series. The plane hijacking scene at the beginning of TDKR will fit nicely in any Bond movie!

  2. Robbie says:

    This all leads to a very interesting discussion about inspiration and films influencing films. I would agree Mendez was influenced by Nolan as Nolan was influenced by the Bond Series. Star Wars was influenced by a multitude of films and influenced a multitude more.

    Good review. I’m still debating if I like Skyfall or Casino more. I would definitely recommend watching some of the older Bonds, or at least a select few.

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