Movie Review : ‘Skyfall’ (**** Four Star)

(By Akshat Sharma) As the world celebrates the Golden Jubilee year of ‘James Bond’, Oscar winning director Sam Mendes gives a delightful cinematic treat to all Bond fans with his first ever 007 flick, ‘Skyfall’.  This is the third film featuring Daniel Craig as Bond after ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’ and probably one of the best Bond films ever made.

‘Skyfall’ is James Bond’s (played by Daniel Craig) journey towards his roots. A Bond who is matured and humane, so much so that he doesn’t mind getting overpowered by his emotions while holding M’s ( played by Judi Dench) dead body.

Like all Bond films ‘Skyfall’ too opens with a bang. It is one long chase scene on the streets of Istanbul where Bond is shown chasing a bad guy who has stolen a list that MI6 is desperate to get at any cost.  Even if costs James Bond M is willing to pay the price.

The story takes a turn when the MI 6 headquarters in London is bombed and the internal security system is breached. It forces M to press Bond into action although his Istanbul encounter has rendered him unfit for the field duty.

Bond is dispatched to Shanghai and there he gets some vital clues about the attack. In China he meets two characters, one of them is Sevriene (played by Bernice Marlohe) and the other one is Silva (Javier Bardem), the villain. Silva is an interesting character who has a funny streak in him. Like the Joker of ‘Batman Returns’ Silva looks deadly with his subtle mannerism and style.

Silva holds personal grudges against M as he is also a former agent who has worked with MI 6 during his prime. Locked in direct confrontation with M and James Bond, Silva leaves no stone unturned to seek revenge. In the process only Bond survives as M and Silva both get killed in gruesome encounter set in picturesque Scotland.

Daniel Craig as James Bond is considered as the darkest and the most unique Bond in many ways. Never before in history any Bond film has decoded and demystified Bond the way ‘Skyfall’ has done. You see him like a real person who has no pretensions of being a ‘Bond’. He still likes women but he is not a womaniser. He goes for the kill but he also cries when someone near and dear dies.

He has also become minimalist in many ways with this film. He doesn’t use fancy modern cars, hi-tech gadgets or pull of those unbelievable stunts which only he could. Daniel Craig in ‘Skyfall’ will go down in the history of Bond films as one of the most vulnerable and real James Bond.

The film will also be remembered for depicting a deeper relationship between Bond and his boss M. Judy Dench has already announced that this is the last Bond film of her career and ‘Skyfall’ gives a glowing tribute to her illustrious career in Bond films.

Javier Bardem is the most talked about actor in the movie for his role as he takes Bond villains to an iconic level. Director Mendes has pitted a villain who can give some serious competition to James Bond with his menacing acts and misdemeanor.

‘Skyfall’ also deserves special mention for splendid camerawork by ace cinematographer Roger Deakins. His camera follows James Bond’s journey all the way from Istanbul, London, Shanghai, Macau and back to the mystique countryside of Scotland using shadows and images with equal finesse.

For music lovers ‘Skyfall’ has an added attraction of the theme song by Grammy award winner Adele. Background score of the film is also commendable. If you have heard about the name James Bond and even if you remotely admire the character, ‘Skyfall’ is definitely a must watch.

Vatican Goes Gaga Over James Bond !

Daniel Craig in ‘Skyfall’

Fictitious British spy James Bond has millions of fans worldwide but ‘Skyfall’ has produced an uncommon fan in Vatican. The Vatican’s mouthpiece ‘ L’Osservatore Romano’ dedicated an entire page and five articles in appreciation of James Bond. The Vatican paper recognizes ‘Skyfall’ as one of the best Bond flicks ever made and it stopped just before naming him some sort of ‘Catholic Hero’.

Giving an insight into this Vatican’s ‘change of heart’ reputed English daily ‘The Telegraph’  writes, “As the mouthpiece of the Holy See, L’Osservatore Romano, which was founded 151 years ago, used to run only turgid editorials on Catholic saints, articles on theology and notices of the Pope’s official engagements. But since a new editor was appointed in 2007 and urged by Pope Benedict XVI to make the publication more relevant, it has ventured into popular culture, commenting on everything from Harry Potter to The Blues Brothers.”

The Vatican paper has appreciated the latest Bond flick ‘Skyfall’ in great detail. Under the headline “007 – license to cry”, the mouthpiece writes ” Skyfall had all ingredients of a classic Bond film, from “adrenalin-pumped action to exotic locations, beautiful Bond girls, and the inevitable vodka Martini – shaken, not stirred.”

Calling ‘Skyfall’ the most convincing of all Bond films starring Daniel Craig the Vatican paper wrote , ” Skyfall is less clichéd, less attracted by the pleasures of life, more introspective and more vulnerable physically and psychologically”.

James Bond Turns Fifty Today !

Daniel Craig (James Bond) in ‘Skyfall

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of James Bond’s arrival on the silver screen it becomes important to revisit the phenomenon called Bond. In 1962 on this day the first James Bond film, Dr. No was released and since then the world is celebrating the day as ‘James Bond Day’. Within a few weeks the 23rd official Bond film starring Daniel Craig will be released globally.

Sean Connery was the first actor who played Bond and played the role six times in his life. Actor Roger Moore played Bond seven times, from 1973’s Live and Let Die to 1985’s A View to a Kill.

Timothy Dalton played 007 twice, in 1987’s The Living Daylights and 1989’s Licence to Kill. Pierce Brosnan stepped into Bond shoes in 1995 with Golden Eye, and played the role four times, until  ‘Die Another Day’ which was released in 2002

Daniel Craig became the first blonde haired actor to play 007 in 2006 with Casino Royale. This year’s Bond release “Skyfall is Daniel Craig’s third Bond film.

James Bond is one of the iconic fictitious characters of modern era. He is the symbol modern western culture. He likes his martinis shaken, not stirred, and introduces himself as “Bond … James Bond”. But this year Bond will be seen drinking beer which is a departure from the trend.

Ever since Dr No released in 1962 Bond movies have been watched by billions in the world. It is phenomenon which is still going strong even after 50 years of its existence.

First Look: Daniel Craig As Bond In First Trailer For ‘Skyfall’

Latest  Bond film ‘Skyfall’ is one of the most eagerly awaited movies this year. The first trailer of the movie is out. Daniel Craig is playing legendary character 007 James Bond in the movie.

Directed by Sam Mendes, ‘Skyfall’ also stars Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw.

The film will hit screens Nov 9 in the US.

First Trailer of Upcoming Bond Flick ‘Skyfall’ Released

The first trailer for upcoming James Bond flick ‘Skyfall’ starring Daniel Craig released online today This 168 second long exclusive trailer is packed with intense scenes featuring  Daniel Craig in his own inimitable style.

“Skyfall” is a story about James Bond getting in trouble over  his loyalty  as Agent 007 towards his reporting officer M. This is the third Bond movie in which Daniel Craig will play James Bond after “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace”. Prominent among others acting the movie are Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris.

Queen Elizabeth Invites ‘James Bond’ To Open London Olympics

The Queen of England, Elizabeth The Second, has reportedly asked actor Daniel Craig to open the London Olympic Games 2012 as James Bond. She has also asked ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle to shoot a short film with Daniel Craig to launch the event scheduled in July later this year.

According to sources the actor –director duo of Daniel Craig and Danny Boyle  have been invited to the palace to shoot the film. In surprising move the Queen herself has shown willingness to play a cameo in the film.

The source has been quoted by the contactmusic.com: ”It’s a huge coup for BBC producers and Danny to be allowed into the palace and have the Queen involved.

”They wanted the most iconic British film character inside the building most associated with London and with the monarch – and they got it.

The Buckingham palace is one of the most regal buildings that exist in modern era and houses the Queen of England  is also gearing up for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June to mark her 60th year on the throne .

First Look: Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘Skyfall’

Bond is back with a bang as the first look of the much awaited Bond flick ‘Skyfall’ is out on the official James Bond website.

The photo shows actor Daniel Craig holding a gun with an intense gaze in his eyes. ‘Skyfall’ is directed by Oscar award winner Sam Mendes which is his third   film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.

Another Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem plays the villian while French model Bérénice Marlohe and Brit Naomie Harris will add spice as Bond girlz.

 

First Look: Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘Skyfall’

Daniel Craig in ‘Skyfall’

The first official photo from “Skyfall,” the new James Bond movie has been released by Sony Pictures featuring a shot of Daniel Craig by the pool.  This picture has unique resemblance with the Daniel Craig’s previous Bond promotional picture in which he was seen sporting speedos.

In “Skyfall,” Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 (Craig) must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

“It has all the elements of a classic Bond movie, including, to quell any rumors, a lot of action,” said Sam Mendes. “Skyfall,” which co-stars Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw, is set to hit theaters on November 9th, 2012.

Finally, James Bond Coming to India

The Sam Mendes directed new James Bond film will soon be shot in parts of India with the I&B ministry giving a go ahead to the production unit.

The USD 200 million movie, with actor Daniel Craig starring as the British spy, will be the second Bond film shot in India after Octopussy.

The Information and Broadcast ministry has allowed the film to be shot in India and some of the locations being explored are Goa, Ahmedabad and the Daryaganj, Sarojini Nagar areas in Delhi.

Some train stunts are to be shot in Konkan railways, Sabarmati in Gujarat and a couple of other locations falling under the jurisdiction of South Western railway, said an official in the Railway ministry.

The official said that letters have already been sent to the General Managers of Konkan railway, Western and South Western railway to allow the shooting of the film.

India Take One productions, which is handling the film’s production in the country, refused to divulge any details.

The movie, 23rd in the 007 franchise and produced by Hollywood studio MGM, is slated for a November 9, 2012 release and the shooting is expected to begin soon.

The film, with the working title Bond 23, is the latest in the list of foreign productions being shot in India, some of which include the Julia Roberts starrer Eat Pray Love, Bipasha Basu-Josh Hartnett starrer Singularity and Judi Dench starrer The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.