James Bond: Skyfall Review

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

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Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, in his third Bond film. In the Directors chair this time, is Sam Mendes, a British Director who is known for his theatre work and his films. Perhaps you remember ‘Revolutionary Road’? The quiet, reflective film, which brought together Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in their first film since ‘Titanic’.

The film begins strong, with composer Thomas Newman blasting out the well known James Bond film theme.

According to IMDB the synopsis is; “Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”

Now, this is not your typical Bond film, there’s less sex, there isn’t really a ‘Bond’ girl, they appear for a scene, then are written out.

Instead, Mendes begins to delve deeper in to James Bond, the man, the boy, the spy. We are given snippets as to how Bond became an Orphan and as to why he became the spy we know and love.

Judi Dench is given her best storyline in years, a villain on the hunt for her. She remains cold and British, determined to get the job done.

Visually, the film is a treat. Mendes treats us to a slick London, equipped to tackle anyone and anything.Bond himself races across the screen, gun in hand, Bond style. What is more, the cinematography is fantastic, with silhouette fights and firelit scenes. Mendes sure knows how to visually deliver a film.

What is more, there is a return to the old ways of spying. Bond himself says to M: “We need to go back in time”, this is a reference to the Fifty Years of Bond, but also, a reference to the film. Bond has to return to his past, in order to live in the present.

But, there seems to be something missing, compared to other Bond films. One feels unsatisfied after having viewed the film. Mendes has tried to do something new, and has succeeded, but the climax was slow, drawn out. And may not appeal to hard core Bond fans.

So, if you’re looking for a good Friday night film, see this. But expect to see something a little different than your typical ‘Bond’ film.

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