Friday Flick: Skyfall

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Official Description: Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in SKYFALL, the 23rd installment of the longest-running film franchise in history. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent Eve (Naomie Harris) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Unofficial Description: I am a fan of Bond.  The Daniel Craig version has taken some getting used to.  Where Bond is suave, Craig is gruff.  Where Bond is cool, Craig is hot.  I’ve wondered what the thinking was with the new direction for the character.  After three films, I’ve come to enjoy that direction and the portrayal.  With the end of Skyfall, I see what they were doing with this trilogy – and it really is a trilogy that began with Casino Royale, continued in the less than stellar Quantum of Solace, and finally came to a heady conclusion in Skyfall.

Saying much more would be a spoiler of major proportions, and I don’t want to do that to you (someone else actually spoiled it for me before I saw the movie).  Suffice it to say, you have the flavors of a Bond flick, some throw away characters (as usual), and a rising tension with a very good payoff.

I had an ah-ha moment during this flick.  Again, I can’t say more without spoiling it – but you’ll know it when you see it.  I am now very interested to see where they go from here and what will be next for Bond as a character.

~P