The baddie has the megalomaniac power of a turnip and the girls the seducing power of limp lettuce
- Skyfall review by RP
When I saw this at the cinema I thoroughly enjoyed it. But watching it now at home I felt slightly disappointed...
Where is the glamour? Where is the excitement? Where are the under-dressed Bond-girls, the over-the-top baddies, the gadgets, the not-so-subtle one-liners, the exotic locations?
This latest Bond is missing just about all of these: it's more down-to-earth, in fact somewhat more down-at-heel, and despite its large budget looks as if it was made on a shoestring. There are some awful props and effects with the MI6 HQ explosion being the worst and baddie Silva's roomful of compute-power running it a close second. The characters are a bit wishy-washy with Javier Bardem exuding the megalomaniac power of a turnip, and the two love interests (the Eve Moneypenny and Severine characters) the seducing power of limp lettuce.
And the story is hardly original either. A list of agents is stolen, putting them in danger. Err - haven't we seen that many times before?
I also disliked the obvious product placement (VW-Audi, Heineken, Omega etc). The 'real' Bond doesn't drink lager from the bottle, let alone in bed - Bolly or better for that, surely.
This is Daniel Craig's third Bond film and while his characterisation revitalised the franchise in 'Casino Royale' the two later films have been less good. It must be tricky keeping the stories fresh after so many films (what is it, 25?) so I understand the problems, but Mr Craig is already starting to look a little past his prime :(
If I'd rated it after seeing it in the cinema I'd have given it 4/5 but having seen it again it's down to 3/5 stars. Not bad, but regrettably not excellent.
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Is this really James Bond?
- Skyfall review by WP
If you are used to classic Bond movies you may find this film hard to swallow. Is it Daniel Craig's fault - no he's doing the best he can with a script that gives him no cool one liners or that comic wit so apparent in other Bond films. The girls aren't there either, nor those amazing gadgets, and worse still Bond loses his cool and gets angry - he never loses his cool, not Ian Flemings Bond anyway.
I wonder what Fleming would think of it? Maybe it's time to drop the Bond tag.
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Best Bond for characters
- Skyfall review by DD
Best level of acting in any of the series.
Great special effects.
My favourite line in the film is from Albert Finney the gamekeeper, Mr. Kincade, at the Bond Family's Skyfall estate in the scenic highlands of Scotland:
“Welcome to Scotland! “
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