I must confess that I haven’t seen any other Bond films (I don’t know how I’ve missed them all!) but I’ve spoken to people that have, and their view was that ‘Skyfall‘ lived up to the franchise, and was much better than the last film in the series.
As an outsider’s point of view, I thought it was very easy to pick up as a standalone film. The movie starts as Bond (Daniel Craig) is trying to retrieve a hard drive containing information about undercover agents from the enemy. The fight ends with James getting shot, and falling into a river.
I thought the action sequences throughout the film were good; I especially liked the beginning where Bond landed on the back of a train, and when he runs after the tube train and leaps after it.
The only thing that irritated me about the film was the girl, Severine. She seemed to appear out of nowhere, lead Bond to the villain and then seemingly disappear? She wasn’t involved or mentioned in the explosive closing scenes, but maybe I missed something!
I think overall I enjoyed the film; it made me want to watch previous Bond adventures (though perhaps not Quantum of Solace, as everyone tells me that was awful!). I think the action sequences were stunning, and I liked how they had many different settings (London, Shanghai and Scotland). I’ll admit the film did seem a bit long (at 143 minutes!) but it kept my attention long enough. The baddie (played by Javier Bardem) was very convincing, and gave a stunning psycho performance.
8 stars from me! What did you think?