‘Skyfall’ – the best of James ‘Blond’

James Bond’s 23rd adventure, “Skyfall,” is now out in cinemas and has been coined as the best Bond ever. But are audiences jumping to conclusions?

James Bond is back to his best in "Skyfall," the spy's 23rd outing. Photo: Sony Pictures

From the beginning, Skyfall has what every Bond film should have: its cornerstone girls, guns and gadgets (even if it is rather low tech). The opening scene of any James Bond feature film has to be full of ridiculous action set-pieces, explosions and as seems to be a requirement for recent James Bond films, free-running.

Adele’s “Skyfall” provides a great opening track for the film and is an instant classic Bond theme. From the sultry lyrics to the sheer power of Adele’s voice, it works on every level.

While “Quantum of Solace” was a film criticised for its lack of genuine structure and over reliance on big action scenes. However, Skyfall is most definitely a return to the classic Bond, with no messing around with toys like in the Brosnan era; just 007, a Walther PP7 and a well laundered tuxedo.

Judi Dench’s performance is a highlight of the film, featuring quite heavily throughout. Her relationship with the British superspy is played upon brilliantly, and the role is played with class and elegance. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if we see her pick up a number of awards in the coming year.

The new Q, played by a youthful Ben Whishaw, was brilliant. Whereas John Cleese may have come across as more of a pantomime character for the role, Whishaw is a Q for the new, tech-savvy generation of Bond.

The biggest triumph of the film is how it blends the old with the new. Older Bond fans may not been keen on the technological warfare, though the classic Bond casino scene and the introduction of the Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger” keeps it to the Bond mould.

While there will be some criticisms about the ending, the film concludes with a touching scene, almost reminiscent of the finale of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”

If Craig carries on in the same way he has begun, he won’t be just gathering Connery comparisons, but re-writing the role as his own.

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