‘Skyfall’ Mixes Action with Soul of Early Bond Movies

John Macriss, Staff Writter

Every man wants to be James Bond. The hero travels to exotic locations with beautiful women and kills the bad guys.

The newest Bond adventure is certainly one of the best. It is big on graphics and explosions, but more importantly it has a compelling plot, compelling characters, and a reasonable premise.

In this film, 007 (Daniel Craig) is sent to retrieve a list of almost all NATO agents, with his field partner, Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), in Turkey.

But when 007 is close enough to get the list back, Eve shoots him in the shoulder by accident, letting the villain get away with the list.

Now, 007 has to stop Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) from destroying MI6 and save M (Judi Dench) from an old MI6 agent.

This is Daniel Craig’s third movie in the James Bond series, and his first movie with the famous Moneypenny and Q (Ben Whishaw), Bond is being introduced to a new way to work and new help to take down Silva.

“Skyfall” touches on the classic Bond theme of gadgets with a gun that works only with his fingerprint.

The film also features exotic locales such as China and Turkey. One stunning scene is an abandoned island off the coast of Japan, which serves as the eerie headquarters for Raoul Silva.

“Skyfall” uses a ton of explosions and graphics, making this movie more amazing than the trailer shows.

However, the two most mind blowing parts are the opening credits with the song “Skyfall,” sung by Adele and added drama to the graphics, and the battle at Bond’s old house with the help of M and Bond’s old gamekeeper, Kincade (Albert Finney).

Seeing the movie was amazing and seeing it in Imax was even better. With the addition of Imax technology, the images in “Skyfall” were crystal clear, the sound was crisp, and the two elements together made Bond look unstopable.

This movie deserves four out of four stars.

It seamlessly mixes the exciting action scenes of the more recent movies with the soul and heart of the earlier films.

It reboots the old franchise in a fresh and exciting way. Daniel Craig’s Bond is not Roger Moore’s; he’s a serious and thoughtful character who means business and the toll of his work is visible in the expressions on his face.

That isn’t to say, however, that there aren’t any funny one liners especially between Bond and M.

Q’s rebooted character has gone under some changes. He is less of a technical and more of an electronic wizard.

For all of you James Bond and Daniel Craig fanboys out there, Bond is far from retiring.

He still has a whole life in front of him, even after all that has happened on this mission of his.

Craig will return as Bond for two films in 2014 and 2016.

In the box office, “Skyfall” has already earned almost $1 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing Bond film of all time thus far. In addition, it has set all time box office records for Great Britain by making 94 million pounds in just 40 days.