When the franchise underwent a reboot with Daniel Craig as Bond in Casino Royale I was pleased to see an old friend back where he belonged, on the big screen and although they took the idea of the plot from the book of the same title they unfortunately left out some of the well-loved characters that we have come to love and look on as old friends. Now although Casino Royale was a good film it didn’t feel like a Bond film, it was almost like the producers had, had enough of doing these films and they had handed over the reins to a group of newbies who had never seen a Bond film or read any of the books by Fleming. Then came Quantum of Solace, hot on the heels of the success of the Bourne films, the films that were touted as ‘the film that Bond should’ve been’ or ‘Better than Bond’ or even ‘Bourne makes Bond look like an amateur’ so what happened, they tried to outBourne Bourne and it became neither a Bond film nor a Bourne film but rather somewhere in between.
Then we come to Skyfall.
What can I say except ‘wow!’ they finally got it right.
Although it wasn’t a return to the formula that the previous twenty films had adhered to so rigidly it was, a return in part. By that I mean that it felt like a Bond film. It had a return of some familiar faces, ‘Q’ being the most notable and the injection of some of the icons that made the films so loved and noticeable all around the world. Gone was the shaky camera work during the action sequences, a trademark of the Bourne films and one of the most irritable traits of that series and back to basics with the steadycam making it possible to actually see what was happening. Now I don’t know about anyone else but I find that really helpful when watching a film, you know, to be able to see what was going on.
If all that sounds a little ambiguous I meant it to be because I would not want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of seeing this film for the first time. There are enough twists and turns throughout it to satisfy the most diehard fan, the acting is superb by all involved and it heralds in the next film nicely.
One last thing, go see the film, it is this years ‘must see’ film.
See you soon,