James Bond is back and in a big way. With 50 years under his belt, it was time for 007 to get back to basics and with the release of Skyfall, Quantum of Solace is all but a distant bad memory.
Skyfall gives us the grit of Daniel Craig’s Bond at the same time paying homage to Bond movies of the past. We will try not to give it all away but if you are a big fan of Judi Dench’s ‘M,’
then be ready to see lots of her this go-around. She has almost as much screen time as Mr. Bond himself. Which is just fine since we quite like the diminutive Dame.
Xavier Bardem is no slouch in Skyfall either and he might just be one of the best villains of the entire series. He has so many layers to his character, that at some points you almost feel sorry for him. Is he a psycho? Or a victim of his environment? It will be up to the viewers to decide but Bardem certainly adds complexities to his villain without the cheesiness, like so many other Bond villains of the past.
Having viewed Skyfall in IMAX, it was very apparent that this latest Bond was made for an IMAX sized screen. In fact director Sam Mendes purposely had in mind to shoot specific scenes that only an IMAX screen could really appreciate. So not only did we get to see a larger than life Bond, the audience actually gets to see even more of him, from his head to his toes. The IMAX presentation has a larger aspect ratio than the conventional release will have. This aspect ratio, allowed audiences to see more of the originally captured image as well as more in-depth panoramic scenes.
The plot involves the MI6 agency being hacked, leading to the identities of MI6 agents being exposed. Bond’s task is to find the person responsible for hacking into MI6’s systems and leaving London vulnerable to a killer. Bardem does a great job playing cat and mouse to Craig’s Bond. However, Dame Judi Dench might just usurp them both.Bond has his bevy of lovely ladies to charm along with gadgets that he mocks. You’ll also get to see the return of Miss. Moneypenny, the Aston Martin and even a nod to Scotland (perhaps an easter egg to Sean Connery).
In the end, the movie comes full circle despite fellow agents making reference to Bond being ‘old.’ Quite the contrary, Craig’s Bond has never been more fresh or alive. Here’s to another 50 years of James Bond! Skyfall will be released in IMAX on Nov. 8, 2012, one day ahead of its wide release on November 9th.