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Friday, December 21, 2012

SKYFALL

By D.E.Levine

In his third James Bond film, Daniel Craig returns looking fit and polished.  With Sam Mendes directing and Roger Deakins doing the cinematography, Skyfall turns out to be one of the most exciting of the 23-film compilation.

Viewers see an opening 10-minute sequence that takes place in the bazaars, streets and over the roofs of Istanbul, and then see M (Judi Dench) writing Bond's obituary.

Having been shown his own mortality, Bond remains in seclusion on a remote beach and notifies no one about his survival.  It's only when the new MI6 London headquarters are blown up by terrorists that Bond returns to active duty and to the introduction of Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) the intelligence and security committee chairman who is making M's life uncomfortable.

It turns out that all British agents embedded in terrorist organizations have been compromised and Bond himself looks somewhat antiquated.

With field agent Eve (Naomie Harris) in tow, Bond goes globetrotting to uncover the individual who can lead him to the man who's behind all of the trouble.  In Shanghai Bond meets Severine (Bernice Lim Marlohe) who does indeed lead him to a deliciously wicked villain, Silva (Javier Bardem) who is definitely half lunatic with delusions of self-grandeur.  He's a riveting and entertaining figure and a worthy opponent for Bond.

To tell more of the story is to ruin it.  You have to see this film to follow the story of James Bond and MI6 in the 21st century.  Be advised, this film is chock-full of action and surprises and if you like action films and James Bond thrillers, you'll love this one.