Skyfall is one of the best Bonds and part of the reason is that not only does Daniel Craig’s Bond continue to reveal new sides to his personality and resources; not only is he given one of the best Bond villains ever in Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva, but Judi Dench just kills it as M – giving her every bit of the toughness and resiliency that we always expected of her, and an equally unexpected tenderness that we might not have.
The film holds up well on DVD, even on the small screen it’s a terrific experience, but there are barely fifteen minutes of features – most dealing with technical stuff but not in a superficial way.
Where to begin, where to begin? After being in limbo and bankruptcy heck for the last several years there was actually a chance that we would never have another Bond film. Many would say this would have been a tragedy because Daniel Craig was just starting to grow into the role. He had a lauded outing in Casino Royale but a dud in the follow-up Quantum of Solace.
Skyfall is one of the best Bonds and part of the reason is that not only does Daniel Craig’s Bond continue to reveal new sides to his personality and resources; not only is he given one of the best Bond villains ever in Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva, but Judi Dench just kills it as M – giving her every bit of the toughness and resiliency that we always expected of here, and an equally unexpected tenderness that we might not have.
In anticipation of the new Bond thriller SKYFALL and a look back at 50 years of James Bond in the movies, Sean, Leah and David talk about SKYFALL and their favorite Bond Movies and the men who played the secret agent.
Starring Leah Aldridge, Sean Wright and David Freedman
Directed by Amy Taylor.
Edited by Zack Delman.
Produced by David Freedman(@ShowRunnerDave), Cooper Griggs, Aaron Fink(@AaronEvanFink) and Pedro Raposo.
James Bond is presumed dead after a mission goes terribly wrong. But when M is in peril, James resurfaces to rescue her and redeem himself. We celebrate 50 years of 007 with a Bond Retrospective and SKYFALL preview review.
Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem.
Directed by Sam Mendes.
Written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
Genre: Spy Thriller. Watch us on PBS OC Saturdays at 6PM or at pbssocal.org/justseenit
When I reviewed David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for its theatrical release, I noted that it surprised me because it was as good as the earlier, Swedish version that made Noomi Rapace familiar to an international audience. Considering its length and the fact that it’s very much a film that should be seen in a theater, Fincher’s film plays extremely well on the much smaller screen in my living-room.
When it was released in North America, the Swedish adaptation of the Steig Larssen novel made my Favorite Fifteen list, so I was intrigued to see how the North American version would compare. I certainly didn’t it expect it to match the first one, especially when you consider the powerful performance Noomi Rapace gave as Lisbeth Salander – even with David Fincher directing.
Was I ever surprised by Fincher’s take on the story!