It’s been 4 looooong years since the last James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, was released and I have been waiting with great anticipation for its follow-up. Naturally, my expectations were extremely high and I am thrilled to say I was not disappointed. If the complaint with Casino Royale was that it was too much story and not enough action and with Quantum there was too much action and not enough story, then Skyfall is the perfect balance between the two.
I’m not going to explain the plot as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone and besides, it would take me too long to write about it. Everything gels, melds, makes sense, has gravitas, and most importantly, is entertaining.
Daniel Craig is wonderful as ever as Bond. I remember the announcement that he was to be the next James Bond and the massive amounts of trepidation and animosity towards the choice. Having been a fan of his since Tomb Raider, I knew he could do this role and was ecstatic watching people eat their words. Bond is still as bad-ass as ever even though it is made clear that he is old dog in a new game. Craig is joined by actors who are fantastic as always: Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw and the always wonderful Dame Judi Dench. I do so love her as “M.” The standout amidst this group of amazing actors is Javier Bardem. We know he can play a bad guy as he did in No Country for Old Men where he won the Oscar, but what he did there and what he does here are vastly different. He makes “Raoul Silva” so creepy and calculating without being overly scary or a typical “I’m so scary” villain. Silva enjoys the chase, enjoys evoking fear in people. He is a grand villain; he loves to make an entrance and make people uncomfortable by his general demeanor. He is threatening, but not in a typical way. I always love it when villains have a real love for what they do and they don’t try to be frightening. The fact they enjoy it is frightening enough.
The 23rd outing in this series has not disappointed and I am already excited for the next film. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait 4 years.