Short review for Nerve Magazine
Happy Birthday James, 50 years is a big milestone and you couldn’t have asked for a better present than Skyfall. Judi Dench’s M is being blamed for a lost hard-drive containing details of every NATO agent embedded in terrorist, 007’s operation to get it back doesn’t go according to plan. It would be easy to assume you know what you’re getting with Skyfall, but this isn’t a typical a Bond film. Sam Mendes, who directed the beloved American Beauty, has used his time in the director’s chair to explore the psychological damage that Bond has endured over 23 films.
On top of the film’s more meditative side, it also delights in twisting every Bond convention it can think of and the actors respond to this thrilling experiment in kind. Craig is magnificent as ever, subtly evoking the scars on Bond’s psyche while dispensing quips with ease while Javier Bardem’s psychotic villain will be remembered for years to come. It’s Judi Dench who steals the film though as a pivotal figure to the story. Skyfall stands head and shoulders over the majority of this year’s blockbusters. James Bond will return and it can’t come soon enough.