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Daniel Craig in Skyfall James Bond Film 2012
Daniel Craig as James Bond
When word of another James Bond film with Daniel Craig was mentioned, it was met with mixed reactions. How could they top the last Bond film, and was Daniel Craig forever “stuck” with the role of James Bond? However, once the movie was released, many were not disappointed. Daniel Craig had definitely lived up to the expectations of a highly entertaining edge-of-your-seat action-packed and as expected, a sizzling sexy, scenic James Bond film. A cast of brilliant actors, powerful music, stunning locations and swift cinematography, Skyfall was destined to rise from the start.
Although there were some predictable moments in the film, such as a highly action-filled jumping, twisting and running chase with crashing into glass and carelessly bumping into pedestrians in the beginning as did the past James Bond movies, the busy streets of Istanbul and tense chase between vegetable-flailing vendors and the train was equally thrilling as the past movies. The chase ends quite unexpectedly with follows interestingly familiar-yet-modified opening credits for the movie.
The locations of the film were one of the highlights of the film. The bustling streets of Istanbul, the rise and high of a fast train, a sort-of secluded island but equipped with a lively drinking bar where Bond “takes a break” from it all, and the absolutely dazzling modern city of Shanghai. Watching scenes from the movie is enough to convince one to book a ticket to the city of dragons. The abandoned island of Nagasaki, where Bond meets his villain face-to-face also proves an interesting part of the film. Where does an extremely wealthy cyber villain hide from the rest of the world? The old tunnels of London also give the film another mysterious look and twist. Yet it’s the final scene of where the film takes place, Bond’s home as a child, that is most unexpected, but plays delightfully well with the movie.
An Aging Bond
Yet something was quite different about the character of James Bond by this time. Here we see a less cocky and less confident man. One who wasn’t exactly at the height of his career anymore. In fact, we now meet an aging Bond; one who has been reflecting on how he’s spent his entire life, and wondering if it was worth risking his life for. Also, one can’t help but wonder if the infamous agency is worth trusting or was it corrupted all this time, and James Bond went through all this trouble for nothing. Daniel Craig, once again, does not disappoint. He runs through the film with so much expression that he becomes yes, a man of few words but still just as moving. Craig’s performance is convincing, that the audience actually feels some pity for him, yet still cheers him on being the greatest agent of all time. Being an ‘aging’ Bond, he still maintains the smoothness and charisma that calls for any Bond agent. Taking his physical exam to re-enter the secret service, and watching him wither in pain and gasp for breath gives us a less-than-perfect Bond and showed that he was, in fact, human, just like the rest of us, after all. Nevertheless, scene after scene, Bond leaves you gritting at the edge of your seat, even gasping with disbelief at some point.
Judi Dench as M
Judi Dench plays the role of M, the head of the Secret Service Intelligence, otherwise known as M16. Obviously a hard-core loyalist to her country, M displays a cold front to Bond but it would be difficult not to notice the bond and trust they have. Later on in the film, you can’t help but smirk when you realize how fond she really actually is of Bond, and more amusingly, that she’s actually capable of being fond of someone. Bond takes a test to go back into the field, fails the test, yet M overlooks it and permits him to come back to the service. Dench’s performance is compelling and impeccable, a great feat for her final appearance of the series.
Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva
Another interesting ingredient to this wonderful concoction of a movie is the movie’s main antagonist, a cold hard villain, Raoul Silva, played convincingly and memorably well by Javier Bardem. Like the saying goes, most villains are made, not born, Silva seeks revenge against those he feels betrayed him when he was captured while on assignment. Tortured for months in China, he finally “gave up” and decided to swallow a cyanide pill that was hidden in one of his molars. Not giving too information away, he apparently survives but with an agenda he works on for years and years of planning. Just like his past roles, Bardem is convincing as one oozing with evil and revenge.
Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory
The all-star cast continues with Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, who is actually M’s superior, and by that, regulates the secret service. Although Fiennes portrays Mallory as much as any Chairman would be portrayed, there is nothing really exceptional about his character that would make him memorable or worth mentioning.
Noamie Harris as Eve Moneypenny
A not-so-new face onscreen is Naomie Harris who plays the beautiful Eve Moneypenny. Moneypenny has also been a character played in other Bond films as Bond’s equal in the field but also does desk work. Harris, being the first black actress to portray this character, displays some fun, humor and usual flirt throughout the movie. Her stunning figure is quite one to admire during all of the scenes she is in, making you kind of hope that she’s the ‘right one’ for Bond, and that he may have hopefully met his match.
Berenice Lim Marlohe as Severine
A captivating new face graced the move as Severine, played by Berenice Lim Marlohe. Her Chinese-French beauty is a sensual combination that leaves one wondering throughout the film who she is, where she’s from, and what her nationality is. Marlohe plays a glamorous representative of Silva, with a mysterious past and trying to leave the grasp of a villain among villains.With a brilliant cast, a gritting plot, steely performances, Skyfall has definitely arrived.
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