James Bond Skyfall is the 50th anniversary film in the James Bond saga, and I was immediately worried as soon as the adverts started. Every advert was using 007 as an advertisement mule with watches, cars, phones and any other products using Daniel Craig to promote there products.
I was hoping that Skyfall wasn’t just an expensive money making project. But I had the thought of the film being in production for nearly two years it must be epic. Then the initial start sequence began which including a car chase, bike chase, and train top battle that was pretty epic to say the least with Bond coming off as his slick usual self. The scene ended with bond being shot by the soon to be Moneypenny and falling a great height to a watery pit.
As we finish this scene, we are greeting by the sweet voice of Adele and the Skyfall soundtrack thumping throught the speakers. The usual Bond visuals on the screen with Daniel Craig shooting at the screen etc. After this we are greeted by M16 headquarters and characters in suits including M (Judy Dench). We find that M is to be relieved of duty after 2 months due to her rash decision during the first scene. M116 then comes under fire from terrorists as an explosion erupts from M’s office.
Bond soon reappears a drunken and dilapidated wreck, with his aim and usual confidence seem to shattered. M then bodges Bonds tests to get him back on active duty.
After heading to shanghai to track the villain from the opening sequence, who he finds of course. Bond follows the assassin through a neon light up sky scraper which creates some stunning visuals which then lead to a game of fisticuffs where Bond unfortunately drops the target to his death of the edge of the building.
After various altercations throughout Shanghai including a fight scene involving some very ominous looking Komodo Dragons, 007 finally meets his nemesis for Skyfall who is an ex double 0 who has gone AWOL.
The villians humour and witty remarks are very similar to Heath Ledgers Joker character, Bond and Silva have al ot of comical exchanges of words till Bond finally captures Silva using a “radio”.
As M is up for trial for her job with MI6 silva manage’s to escape MI6 by hacking there system with his own laptop which the new and youhtful Q operated and therefore activated. Bond is quick on Silvas heels and we are lead on a wild goose chase down into London’s underground full of near miss’s and costume changes. Silva loses bond when he attempts to crush with him a train, Silva then makes a beeline for the unaware M.
Bond tries telling her to get to safety but she cant leave the courtroom, Silva then bursts into the door and opens fire! Silva doesn’t manage to make contact with M as she is saved several times until Bond bursts back into the courtroom to provide cover for escape.
As she is lead out of the court room to her XJ Jaguar she is wizzed away by 007 who is changing the game that Silva has planned, and been a step ahead throughout. James Bond is planning on using M as bait to lure Silva to a place where he feels they have the advantage.
So we head to the foggy marshland of the scottish hills where James Bond was bought up as an orphan, we then meet Ralph Fines who is king of the manor. Bond and the king set up the house for the final battle with Silva setting up spike traps, nails bombs and other clever booby traps.
A group of men come in through the gates as Bond, M and the king make there stand with there traps working a treat. 007 using his gorgeous DB5 as gunship to blast through the enemies with cannons on the front. Bond then bursts into the manor picking off the intruders one by one, only to find out Silva is not present.
We are then greeting to a distant sound of music, taking a leaf out of Tony Starks book we are greeted by a gunship coming in via the coast with some generic rock music booming out via speakers. Silva is then on screen laughing, Bond then opens fire on the gunship which is a foolish mistake as Silva opens fire and tears trough the plaster walls of the set in Surrey. James tells M and the king to head out the secret exit under the tunnel to the chapel up the hill, Silva then exits the helicopter and starts pacing around the manor house. Throwing in grenades willy nilly as if there apples, The manor goes up in flames like a bonfire on the 5th of november.
Then the gunship opens fire on the classic DB5 (this drew a grimace to face) Bond is seen getting angry about his beloved Aston Martin being destroyed as any petrolhead would. 007 opens to gas tanks and leaves them emitting gas into the manor then makes a quick exit into the secret tunnel. The tanks explode sending Silva and his men to the ground and the manor crumbling to pile, M and the king have now just about made it to the chapel. But as Silva makes it to his feet he notice’s M making her escape in the distance and heads off in pursuit. Bond and Silva are now heading to the chapel both battered and bruised, Silva gets there first and has M with a gun pressed against her temple.
But he does the typical villain trait and takes to long talking, he then gets punished for that with a knife in the back from Bond! Silva eventually falls to his knees, then topples face down. M then falls to the ground after saying she made the right decision about bringing Bond back. Bleeding from her hip area she passes away in the hands of bond! where he is clearly emotional.
The film ends with a new Moneypenny and a new M being revealed and bond being given a new top secret folder!
I thouroghly enjoyed Skyfall and came away extremely satisfied with the film, its almost on par with The Dark Knight with some shots being reminiscent to the much sought after film. Even the villain is cut from the same cloth with his physique and personality. I would defiantly and will be going back for a second viewing!