By Savannah Simons, Staff Writer
December 5, 2012
The 23rd film of the James Bond series, “Skyfall,” made its long-awaited debut Nov. 9, becoming the most popular Bond movie in history. While moviegoers were hesitant at first to rush out to the theaters to see the “Skyfall” debut due to the negative reviews and commentary of “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” exceeded expectations by making more than $88 million its opening weekend in the U.S.
Daniel Craig, making his third appearance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem, playing Raoul Silva, set the stage for “Skyfall” as Bond investigates an attack on MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service located in London. It emerges as an attack on “M,” the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, by former MI6 agent, Raoul Silva. Silva’s plans to attack M are based primarily off of his notion that M was responsible for his imprisonment and torture by the Chinese.
For the action guru who thrives off of car chases, explosives and fancy weaponry, “Skyfall” is the movie to see this holiday season. It is easy to admit that Craig’s portrayal of James Bond is stellar, even for fans of Sean Connery, the original James Bond. Craig never fails to miss a beat when it comes to keeping up with villains, whether it may be by driving a motorcycle along the clay rooftop shingles in Turkey, latching onto the bottom of a glass elevator in Shanghai or nearly escaping death after being shot while fighting a man on top of a moving train.
“Skyfall” really wowed viewers because of its riveting action scenes and portrayal of James Bond, unlike “Quantum of Solace,” the second Craig appearance. “Skyfall” certainly keeps your attention with the heart-pounding action, especially because Bond doesn’t always succeed on the first try, keeping you engaged and curious about his next plan of action. While the fight scenes keep you on the edge of your seat, “Skyfall” offers viewers an emotional, vulnerable and defenseless Bond — someone viewers can relate to. Craig’s portrayal of Bond in “Skyfall” is similar to the emotional upheaval witnessed in “Casino Royale.”
After nearly escaping death, Bond enters a rehabilitation state once acknowledging MI6 needs him after the attack by Silva. He appears weak and fragile after being shot near his right shoulder, proving he is not an immortal, indestructible human being, a side Bond viewers don’t always see.
While Bond remains unharmed at the end of the movie, one fatality gives the film an unexpected turn of events. Gareth Mallory replaces M, played by Judy Dench, after being shot in the side unable to remain conscious, shocking audiences as Dench has portrayed M for seven Bond movies. “Skyfall” also brings back recurring characters Q and Eve Moneypenny after an absence of two films.
Craig has signed off on a contract ensuring his portrayal of James Bond for at least five movies, putting Bond fans at ease knowing he is still to act in the 24th and 25th movies of the series.