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Friday, November 9, 2012
Intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking
Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace, Tonia Sotiropoulou
Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in "Skyfall," the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In "Skyfall," Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
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Quantum of Solace
We have the SMERSH or SPECTRE-like conspiracy with the threats by White about Quantum's influence, just before the agent guarding M (Dench) frees White. After the ensuing chase, the muddle begins. We've got Bond tracking Dominic Greene (Mathieu Almaric, who proves to be snide and sneaky but not archvillain worthy); we see Leiter (Wright) dealing with dirty political games in the person of his superior, Beam (David Harbour); and we see the other environmental, political subjects that the movie wishes to address in the form of the discussions around Greene's impact on global politics. All of it is connected, but all of it is too wordy, and not enough Bond action. Does it make sense after the third or fourth viewing? Sure. But that's not necessarily what we're going for in a Bond film.
Olga Kurlyenko is Camille Montes, the Bond girl... who Bond doesn't bed. Gemma Arterton is British agent Strawberry Fields who does get seduced, and then covered in oil (a la Goldfinger). We're never quite feeling the connection with Montes for Bond, and Fields is merely collateral damage. But Montes and Bond are similar, in that they both have revenge on their minds (Montes wants to take down General Modrano, an ally of Greene's.) So, from a chemistry perspective, there is none—it takes too long for Bond and Montes to come together, and not in the Biblical way.
Craig's Bond is provocative and a bit "off" in this one, but we can only hope that the next film (merely DAYS AWAY!) will be better. And early reports (and the trailer) seem to say it will be.
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