Friday, 26 October 2012

Skyfall

Bond finds himself questioning his loyalty to M, when her not so pleasant past comes back to haunt her, As M16 comes under attack, Bond Mr 007 has to hunt down and demolish the threat that makes a beeline for his life..things get personal.




Bond fills our screen once again in Skyfall, with arty British director Sam Mendes taking the helm in an attempt to steer the franchise back into creative waters after its dismal previous outing.

The chase begins in Istanbul with the hunt for a stolen computer disk which contains classified information about the secret identities of MI6 field agents.  After a thrilling chase across the rooftops of the Grand Bazaar and then hurling himself onto a train, Mr Bond fails his mission to retrieve the stolen disk which, of course, also puts his life on the line. After a mishap or two, Bond finds himself becoming more emotionally attached to a bottle of Heineken, and he is transformed into an older, unshaven and less sleek version of himself.

M’s past comes back for to haunt her and her loyalty is questioned after MI6 comes under attack and the names of several top secret agents are revealed. 007 makes his way back to London and, after he’s undergone a series of physical and mental examinations, M decides to give him another shot at working on the case.

Travelling to Shanghai, Bond continues to pursue the assassin from Istanbul who almost cost him his life. In typical Bond style, he soon finds himself in a casino where he meets Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe) who agrees to take him to her boss – former MI6 agent and vengeful computer hacker Silva (Javier Barden). Bleach-blonde and twisted by thoughts of revenge, Silva is only after one thing… M.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of James Bond, Skyfall tries to show what James Bond is all about in the 21st Century. Daniel Craig has moved Bond forward, he is now much more than the implausible secret agent of yore and something like a realistic character. Six years on from Casino Royale; Bond has become older, exposing a vulnerability which is more touching that any other Bond I have seen. Eroticism and a form of authenticity also add to the extravagance that is James Bond.

The witty one liners and warm flirty banter that should go along with all Bond films are not missing. He still flirts with Eva Moneypenny (Naomi Harris) and clambers in the shower scene with Sévérine (Berenie Marloue). But, by delving into Bond’s family history, during which we learn about the loss of his parents when he was a child, helps revitalise his relationship with M – the ultimate Bond girl in this movie.

Silva (Javier Barden) is a blast as the peroxide coiffed, ever so camp, villain whose only goal is to seek revenge on M. His performance is unquestionably brilliant, perfectly balancing the slight bonkers insanity of his character with his nasty terrorist side. The action scenes are cleverly executed and I would go as far as saying they were excellent, as you would of course expect in any James Bond movie. Remarkably, the grandstanding Istanbul scene is bettered further by two fights in Shanghai.

Witty, emotional and ever so British, this superb film will without a doubt be a major hit.
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