CLIPS MOVIE REVIEWS
by Roger Tennis
On CLIPS In November, 2012
Presumed dead, James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to face a threat to MI6 and M (Judi Dench) from the villainous Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).
TRIVIA: What 1967 Bond theatrical adventure began with his "death"?
(4 CAMS) RATED PG-13
Missing and presumed dead, James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to help the besieged M (Judi Dench) after a devastating attack on MI6. The formidable and dangerous ex-agent Silva (Javier Bardem) seeks revenge against those he holds responsible for his betrayal. "Skyfall" is an exciting, intelligent and thoroughly entertaining Bond adventure. Director Sam Mendes ("Road to Perdition") grabs the audience right from the start with a heart-pounding chase that leads into a visually-stunning title sequence, complete with the melodic theme song by Adele. While there are several action-packed confrontations throughout the film, none of them quite live up to the jaw-dropping open. Daniel Craig returns in fine form as the indestructible secret agent with Javier Bardem portraying one of the best screen villains in many years. Happily, Judi Dench gets much to do in a plot that revolves around M. Other Bond women include Naomie Harris as fearless field agent Eve and Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine, who's employed by Silva. Ralph Fiennes joins the cast as Gareth Mallory, the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, and Ben Whishaw is the youthful Q, who instructs the spy in the use of gadgets. Iconic actor Albert Finney appears as an estate gamekeeper with a connection to Bond. The spectacular cinematography of Roger Deakins, with exotic locales ranging from Istanbul to Shanghai, is enhanced by Thomas Newman's memorable music score that weaves in Monty Norman's famous theme with echoes of John Barry. The epic 143 minute length gives fans their money's worth and a few surprises. To borrow from a classic movie poster: "James Bond is back in action!". With "Skyfall", the series is shaken, not stirred, to new heights.