Back To The Future
28th October 2012
Daniel Craig is the best actor to play Bond, and his interpretation of the character is the closest to the character in Fleming's novels.
Skyfall is the most unusual Bond film I've seen (and I've seen them all). It has 'big' themes, and an unusually complex narrative structure for an 007 outing. It is a very British Bond with large parts set in London, and patriotism as a central theme. Because of this more cerebral approach It is quite dialogue driven with fewer action sequences than you would expect, making it feel in parts more reminiscent of Spooks than the Bourne films the previous few outings have in part resembled. The last 30 minutes in particular make you think of JB as a 'real' person, rather than the fantasy figure you have constructed, whether this is a good thing or not (we want our fantasy figures to be slightly mysterious I think) is questionable, although it made for an unusually emotional climax to a JB film. At 2. 5 hours I felt it dragged in parts, and apart from the opening sequence, the action scenes perhaps lacked a bit of the wow factor JB fans are used to. Having said that, the cast were, as usual, excellent, and I think traditionalists will be happy, as several familiar Bond motifs are reintroduced, some as self-references to past 007 films. The last scene brought a tear of nostalgia to my eye as it reminded me of being taken to bond films by dad in the 70s.
My only concern is that Skyfall may be trying to please everyone, and come across as slightly too clever for its own good, but overall it's a very well executed film and the production team should be congratulated for drawing JB on a broader canvas. They have raised the bar a bit here, and hopefully can hit it consistently.