Stays in the city inspired authors such as Graham Greene and Ian Fleming to write some of the best espionage tales of the last century, from Our Man in Havana to the first of the 007 series, Casino Royale.
Slated for this year's Academy Awards is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 007 movie franchise which will include guest appearances by all six film actors who essayed the role of James Bond on the silver screen.
If Casino Royale outed Bond's omnisexual tartiness, Skyfall outs the queerness of the Bond villain, someone who was often implicitly coded as queer. After all those decades of coding, Bardem's openly flirtatious, swishy villainy seems exhilirating.
The overwhelming stench of nostalgia, regret, decay and desuetude in Skyfall -- perfectly symbolized by that grim Scottish manse -- made me wonder if this was supposed to be a eulogy. I hadn't come to bury Bond, but to cheer him on.
Mendes, who previously worked with Craig when the star had a key supporting role in 2002's Road to Perdition, brings a methodical, refined eye to the proceedings, helped along by the luxurious cinematography by Roger Deakins.
The Bond film franchise returns to celebrate its 50th anniversary with Skyfall. Daniel Craig is the best actor to play Bond. He is highly credible in the action sequences, while bringing depth, darkness, decency and a dry humor to the role.
Ladies' man, martini connoisseur and British Secret Service agent extraordinaire, Bond is not only the most famous spy on Her Majesty's payroll, he's also one of the world's most celebrated jetsetters.
They'd stood there, in those distinctive dust covers, gathering dust, for so many years. By rights they should have comprised a complete set of first editions, each one inscribed and signed by Ian Fleming to my father. And now they are all gone!