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  • That’s why I, the action hater, really enjoyed it
  • This is a film with humour, emotion, sophistication and some complex ideas about the role of Mission Intelligence in the post-colonial age of terrorism and some interesting portrayals of the tensions between youth and experience
  • Stil, I found the performance of the villain by Javier Bardem to be the absolute highpoint of the film
  • Perhaps for the first time, we see these two characters in a similar light, both heavy on experience and light on youth, and both under the microscope of the authorities and the younger generation

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      Skyfall is an action film for the action hater. Wait! Action lovers, don’t turn away yet. It’s James Bond – of course this film has action. I’m saying it’s got more than just action. It’s got action and then some. That’s why I, the action hater, really enjoyed it. This is a film with humour, emotion, sophistication and some complex ideas about the role of Mission Intelligence in the post-colonial age of terrorism and some interesting portrayals of the tensions between youth and experience.

      Skyfall opens in the midst of the action, with Bond and fellow British agents chasing a suave but obviously evil fellow through crowded and colourful


      Istanbul. For me the sequence goes a little too long and ventures couple of times into the sphere of impossibility. But it’s really very well done and has moments of brilliance. Combining the traditional market chase with the traditional car chase was a masterstroke.

      Then there is the title sequence and – wow – what a sequence it is. The soundtrack is a haunting song of impending doom performed by British singer Adele. It’s got the classic Bond brass undertones and eerie high strings. The visuals offer the usual sexy silhouettes, bold contrasts and visual tricks.

      As the plot unfolds, we see something new for a Bond film, a villain from within. While he is ‘one of us’ the film does not go so far as to make him fully British which for me was disappointing. Stil, I found the performance of the villain by Javier Bardem to be the absolute highpoint of the film. Bardem is dashing yet terrifying, a freakish yet handsome cross between Vidal Sassoon and Hannibal Lector. Bardem is humorous, sinister and suave. It’s a consummate performance from an actor who has the looks to play shallow a romantic lead but a profound depth of talent that would be wasted in such roles.

      Daniel Craig as Bond and Judi Dench as M are both complex ...


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      and convincing. Perhaps for the first time, we see these two characters in a similar light, both heavy on experience and light on youth, and both under the microscope of the authorities and the younger generation. The new Q (Ben Wishaw) is a Gen Y tech geek with little respect for his elders, not even the peerless Agent 007. Bond struggles to prove his relevance in changing times. Meanwhile M is increasingly questioned by time-wasting bureaucrats and ignorant politicians. But M’s biggest challenge is from the enemy within. A moment of heroism occurs for M when she realises that after years of using her agents as bait and
      disposing of their lives when necessary, it is time for her to be the bait.

      The final action sequence was, for me, overlong. It was a little like a zombie movie where you think all the bad guys must be dead by now but they just keep coming. There’s an emotional ending, though, and in the final scenes a stirring tributed to Old Blighty and the promise of more Bond to come.

      All up, while it did drag on a little, this was a film I very much enjoyed. I was thrilled, saddened, amused, delighted, frightened and intrigued. I don’t know what more I could ask from my cinematic experience. More popcorn?




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