Necessity is the mother of invention and smaller budgets almost always beget more interesting films. For MGM and its fortunes going forward, Skyfall is the comeback it needed, the ultimate symbol of its recovery. Resurrection
This is Daniel Craig's third Bond film. He hit a high with Casino Royale but was a letdown in Quantum of Solace. It seems the makers of these movies are still trying to decide exactly who Craig's James Bond is.
Although some hyperbolic early reviews somehow made this sound like the new Citizen Kane, don't expect something other than a Bond film. But Skyfall is terrific, entertaining proof that Bond can age and thrive in the world of today.
Skyfall easily crushed the opening weekend record of the 007 series, earning a massive $90 million in its debut. It looks like the James Bond series may be returning to the top-tiers of franchise filmmaking, a roast it once unquestionably ruled.
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.
Kevin Spacey, mangled like a piece of John Chamberlain's chrome sculptures, his left leg in a brace turned inward, his epaulets woefully off kilter, his dark glasses barely grazing his nose, his crown cocked like a smartass cartoon.