Skyfall (2012) - Multimedia Archive and Review

Skyfall (2012) poster
Skyfall (2012) poster

Skyfall was directed by Sam Mendes and premiered on October 23rd, 2012. Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw & Albert Finney. Screenplay by Neil Purvis, Robert Wade & John Logan. Music by Thomas Newman. 143mins.

A bungled mission in Turkey almost gets Bond killed and MI6 headquarters in London is attacked by cyberterrorists. Both Bond and M are under pressure to retire from MI6. Enter bad guy Silva, who has an agenda against M and threatens to take down the entire British secret service.

Skyfall is the 23rd Bond film and one of the best. Daniel Craig's first Bond film, Casino Royale (2006), was critically acclaimed and a major box office hit. It was followed by the first Bond 'sequel' Quantum of Solace (2008) which disappointed many, plenty of action but it lacked the class of Casino Royale, the girls were lovely but the villains were dull and there was too much shaky camera work in an attempt to emulate the Jason Bourne movies.

But things are back to form with Skyfall. Daniel Craig is excellent as the indestructible secret agent, a terrific performance by Judi Dench as M who has a larger role in this her 7th Bond movie. The Bond girls are nice and Javier Bardem's Raoul Silva is one of the more memorable villains in the Bond series, Javier is one of the few actors who can be charismatic and frightening at the same time. During an interrogation scene instead of threatening 007 Silva is stroking his thighs and chest, and Bond doesn't seem to mind.

Not as explosive or spectacular as some previous Bond films but Skyfall has a good solid story, colourful locations, great actors and a surprise or two at the end. Highly recommended.

Skyfall (2012)
Skyfall (2012)

Daniel Craig (1968-) / James Bond

Born in Cheshire, England, Daniel Craig was nominated Best Actor at the British Academy Awards for Casino Royale (2006).

Craig has also appreared in - Elizabeth (1998), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Road to Perdition (2002), Casino Royale (2006), The Invasion (2007), The Golden Compass (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), Defiance (2008), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), Adventures of Tintin (2011) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

Judi Dench (1934-) / M

Born in York, England, Dame Judi Dench won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love (1998 as Elizabeth I). She has also been Oscar nominated for - Mrs. Brown (1997), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) and Notes on a Scandal (2006).

Javier Bardem (1969-) / Raoul Silva

Born in Las Palmas, Spain, Javier Bardem won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for No Country for Old Men (2007). His films include - Live Flesh (1997), Before Night Falls (2000), Collateral (2004), Vicky Cristina Bercelona (2008), Biutiful (2010) and Eat Pray Love (2010).

Ralph Fiennes (1962-) / Gareth Mallory

Born in Suffolk, England, Ralph Fiennes was Oscar nominated Best Supporting Actor for Schindler's List (1993) and Best Actor for The English Patient (1996). His films include - Wuthering Heights (1992 as Heathcliff), Quiz Show (1994), Strange Days (1995), The Avengers (1998 as John Steed), Red Dragon (2002), The Constant Gardener (2005), Harry Potter series (2005-2011) as Lord Voldemort, In Bruges (2008), The Hurt Locker (2008), Clash of the Titans (2010 as Hades), Wrath of the Titans (2012) and Great Expectations (2012 as Magwitch).

Naomie Harris (1976-) / Eve

Born in London, England, Naomie Harris's films include - 28 Days Later (2002), After the Sunset (2004), Miami Vice (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Street Kings (2008) and Ninja Assassin (2009).

Berenice Marlohe (1979-) / Severine

Born in Paris, France, Berenice Marlohe has appeared mainly on French TV, Skyfall is her first big film.

Ben Whishaw (1980-) / Q

Born in Bedforshire, England, Ben Whishaw's films include - Layer Cake (2004), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), Brideshead Revisited (2008), The International (2009), The Tempest (2010) and Cloud Atlas (2012).

Albert Finney (1936-) / Kincade

Born in Manchester, England, Albert Finney was Oscar Nominated for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), Under the Volcano (1984) and Erin Brockovich (2000).

Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe in Skyfall (2012)
Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe in Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall was released on the 50th Anniversary of the first Bond movie Dr. No (1962).

It was Daniel Craig who suggested Sam Mendes as director of Skyfall to the Bond producers. Craig had previously worked with Mendes on Road to Perdition (2002).

Sam Mendes (1965-) was born in Berkshire, England and won a Best Director Oscar for American Beauty (1999).

The original script title was Silver Bullet before being changed to Skyfall.

Skyfall is the second longest of the 23 official Bond films with a running time of 143mins. Casino Royale (2006) is the longest at 144mins. Quantum of Solace (2008) is the shortest with a running time of 108mins.

Ben Whishaw is the fourth and youngest actor to play Q in the official series, following Peter Burton, Desmond Llewellyn and John Cleese.

The Aston Martin DB5, makes a special appearance in Skyfall.

The word 'Skyfall' is not mentioned in any of the Ian Fleming books.

The only Ian Fleming Bond titles not used for the films are - The Property of a Lady, Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity - all are James Bond short stories.

British singer Adele was chosen to sing the Skyfall theme, the song went to no.1 on the UK iTunes chart within 10 hours of release. And reached no.2 in the UK singles chart within a week.

A third of the films $150m production budget was paid for by product placements and promotional tie-ins.

Skyfall was nominated for 5 Oscars winning 2 - Best Song and Best Sound Editing.

Nominated for 9 BAFTA Awards winning 3 - Outstanding British Film, Best Music (Thomas Newman) and Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.

Golden Globe Winner for Best Song.

Skyfall had the biggest opening weekend of any Bond movie at the US box office with $88.3m in 3 days, It has so far grossed an incredible $1,108,164,760 worldwide, only The Avengers has been more successful in 2012.

Pre-production on Bond 24 has already began.

Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig in Skyfall (2012)
Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig in Skyfall (2012)

Q: 007. I'm your new Quartermaster.
James Bond: You must be joking.
Q: Why, Because I'm not wearing a lab coat?
James Bond: Because you still have spots.
Q: My complexion is hardly relevant.
James Bond: Your competence is.
Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency.
James Bond: And youth is no guarantee of innovation.
Q: Well, I'll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field.
James Bond: Oh, so why do you need me?
Q: Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled.
James Bond: Or not pulled. It's hard to know which in your pajamas...

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Daniel Crag and Javier Bardem in Skyfall (2012)
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The Critics Wrote -

"Skyfall is pretty much all you could want from a 21st Century Bond: cool but not camp, respectful of tradition but up to the moment, serious in its thrills and relatively complex in its characters but with the sense of fun that hasn’t always been evident lately." Kim Newman, Empire

"Putting the "intelligence" in MI6, "Skyfall" reps a smart, savvy and incredibly satisfying addition to the 007 oeuvre, one that places Judi Dench's M at the center of the action. It's taken 23 films and 50 years to get Bond's backstory, but the wait was worth it. In Sam Mendes' hands, the franchise comes full circle, revealing the three-film Daniel Craig cycle to be both prelude and coda to the entire series via a foxy chess move that puts these pics on par with Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy as best-case examples of what cinematic brands can achieve -- resulting in a recipe for nothing short of world domination." Peter Debruge, Variety

"From the opening in Istanbul to the final siege shootout in the Scottish Highlands, this film is a supremely enjoyable and even sentimental spectacle, giving us an attractively human (though never humane) Bond. Despite the title, he is a hero who just keeps on defying gravity." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

"Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film certainly will be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now." Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter.

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Naomie Harris in Skyfall (2012)
Naomie Harris in Skyfall (2012)
Berenice Marlohe in Skyfall (2012)
Berenice Marlohe in Skyfall (2012)
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Javier Bardem in Skyfall (2012)
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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

This was the first review I've read by you. Exceptional job.


Cogerson 4 years ago

An interesting look at the latest Bond movie....lots of great pieces of information in this hub. I did not know Albert Finney was in this movie...which is cool as he is one of my favorite character actors working today....surprised he has not appeared in a Bond film over the last 50 years.

I am sure MGM was glad to pick up sponsors for the production costs....but I do not think I like seeing James Bond pushing beer....no matter how well made the commercial is produced.

My son will be seeing this one at the late show Thursday night/Friday morning...and I hope to catch it some time this weekend myself.

I liked the new format for you...job well done. Voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Mhatter99, thank you for the kind words, much appreciated.

Bruce, glad you liked the new format, thanks for commenting. I thought I'd try something different for my single movie hubs. By using the entire width for the text its easier to read though not as 'illustrated' as my previous hubs. Plus I wanted to use videos. The problem I have with using videos is that occasionally I get warnings that the video link is no longer working.

Albert Finney is a great actor and was in the last two Bourne films. And Lord Voldemort aka Ralph Fiennes has an important role in this film.

The Bond films have always been a bit shameless with the product placements, I was watching Moonraker the other day and it was full of ads for various companies.

At the cinema before Skyfall even started there were three adverts connected to Skyfall and two of them starred Daniel Craig, one was that Heineken commercial.

Thank you both for posting.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I don't remember reading any reviews by you either but this is great! Very comprehensive. I've heard its a good movie...my brother's going to see it this afternoon. Its time for James Bond to come back and be the great movie!

The Heineken commercial is all over the place here! First time I saw it I thought it was a movie ad...James Craig has a home near here and works out in a local gym. My family has seen him there.

I really enjoyed this hub. Great job as always.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Oh and shared!

P.S. I have linked one of your hubs to one I am working on now about Dracula. Should be published soon.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hello Mary, thanks for the nice comment and the share.

I tend to write about older films that people have seen, but because Skyfall was very recent I decided to add my thoughts on it and couldn't resist adding some facts and quotes and plenty of photos of course. :)

Good luck with Dracula. My Count Dracula hub has been the most popular of my various monster hubs and is heading towards 1000 views, there is still interest in the old bloodsucker.

Thanks for posting.


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Great review. I love Daniel Craig as James Bond - think he's one of the best. I'm looking forward to seeing this movie, especially after this review.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks mperrottet, appreciate the comment. I'm sure you'll enjoy Skyfall, it was very well made, one of the best in the series.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hey Steve! A little different twist from you.....NICE review. You should do this more often. Are you doing a 30/30 or just on a roll? One hub after another lately!

Javier has one of those faces.....eek! Just looking at him, scares me, even if he plays a good guy! Love Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney.....this is some cast.

Call me crazy....never been a "Bond" fan. I probably shouldn't even admit this! The only reason I ever watched was because of my crush on Connery and he's not James anymore!! :(.......Great hub!..UP+++


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hahaha! Not even sure what I'm laughing at here... thanks Paula. I know Javier is meant to be a heartthrob in some countries but he scares me too. :)

No I'm not doing a 30/30 or a 20/20, more of a 4/4 I could do it I suppose if I concentrated only poster hubs but I want to post the occasional 'on the screen' hub or 'single movie' hub as I call them. Taking a hub break this weekend and continuing this poster run on monday.

What do you win if you complete 30 hubs in 30 days, a Hubpages pen or something? A ban from google adsense for flooding the internet with hubs? :)

Thanks as always for posting.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL....and I DO know what I'm laughing at!! To my way of thinking, what you get for doing a 30/30 is a lot of slaps on the back and "way to go" from fellow-hubbers, a severe headache from eye strain....and let's not forget the sore back and numb back side..... a whole hell of a lot of real-life work and responsibilities left UNDONE.....and a firm VOW to never do it again!......Someone like yours truly who has done 67 hubs in 17 months, in obviously not even thinking about a 30/30!


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Paula, the closest I ever got to 30/30 was 8/8 a few weeks ago and yes I had a sore back side and numb back... or should that be the other way around? My fingers would lock, I couldn't move them and instead of seeing spots in front of my eyes I saw movie posters, even with my eyes closed! So 30/30 no way!

Some news on Skyfall, the film opened with $33m on friday in the US, a record for Bond, and will likely hit $80m + this weekend, wow!

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