Excerpt: "Brave New World," Daniel Craig utters during his third outing as James Bond 007 after first meeting his new Quartermaster, Q for short, played by Ben Whishaw. At that point, you may think director Sam Mendes' first attempt at a big franchise action movie may indeed be a different beast, not only from Craig's previous two movies but also the twenty movies before that.
Excerpt: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has long been considered by many experts to be the best Bond ever, delving deeper into the character with dark consequences, but with Skyfall we learn more about James than we ever imagined, and that might be the key to its unequivocal success. While breaking “The Rules,” it also breaks new ground and serves to complete the evolution to a new regime, with more installments already in the works.
REVIEW: James Bond Is Reborn In Lavish, Fun & Relevant 'Skyfall'
14 March 2013
Excerpt: In his half-century of cinematic existence, James Bond has been cast and recast, refined, reinvented and rebooted. He's been declared a "sexist, misogynist dinosaur" and gotten his heart broken, and he's been dragged into the present, where he's had to find a new perch somewhere between gritty and ridiculous, between being a stoic modern action hero and a deliberately outsized fantasy remnant of, as one unamused minister puts it in Skyfall , a long gone "golden age of...
Excerpt: While the forces at MI6 have handled countless threats over the years, the agency has never faced one of this magnitude. Trusted agent 007, James Bond (Daniel Craig) finds himself out of action, as M (Judi Dench) and the rest of MI6 deals with the fallout from the entire organization being exposed. Deep cover agents are revealed and top secret operations are uncovered, leaving MI6 to relocate and attempt to salvage what little remains intact.
Excerpt: James Bond returns in this 23 rd entry in a series that is now celebrating its 50 th anniversary. The enduring character has gone through a lot, from secret volcano lairs, to undersea hideouts, to up into outer space. Since Daniel Craig has taken on the role of Bond, the character has since become grounded in a somewhat more plausible reality than some of the more outlandish entries (very similar to Dalton’s days, actually).
Summary: If you’re a sports fan, there’s no more dreadful news to hear than that your favorite team is in a rebuilding year. That’s exactly what’s happened to Bond. This film almost feels like a pilot. We’re being introduced to a great number of changes. Some of them you just won’t ever see coming. Bond is hitting the reset button in a number of ways. For a sports team that’s usually means a long season. Not so with Skyfall . This is one rebuilding project I can get behind.
Conclusion: 'Skyfall' completes Craig's transition from rough and tumble Bond to a more classic, suave, sophisticated figure. Director Sam Mendes and his collaborators bring a level of prestige and artistic legitimacy to the film that the franchise has never had before, but never at the expense of what makes Bond great. The series once again feels British, wholly revitalized, and surprisingly touching.