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Sam Mendes directs this James Bond adventure. Daniel Craig stars as Bond, whose loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her, and Bond's own doubts about his life and livelihood start to creep in. As MI6 comes under attack and Bond is sent to Shanghai to investigate, he must keep his focus on tracking down and destroying the threat - no matter how high the personal cost. Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Albert Finney co-star. Adele and Paul Epworth won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for their song 'Skyfall' and the film also received BAFTAs for Outstanding British Film and Original Film Music (Thomas Newman).
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I remember watching the pre-credits sequence with an irrepressible smile on my face; Bond was back, exactly as he should be. Everything was perfect, from the humour, to the action, to the little tug to straighten his cuffs (as every gent knows, a finger of cuff below the jacket sleeve is essential), and then the film just got better. I know that if you consider Silva's plan it really doesn't stand up to scrutiny, but this movie is made with such joy and respect to the history of the franchise that I just don't care. Not since Goldfinger has, for me, an actor nailed Bond as perfectly as Craig does here. He's weary, cynical, but absolutely brilliant at what he does. And of course there's Judi Dench as M. Trying to decide whether she's better than Bernard Lee, or vice versa, is like trying to decide whether chocolate is better than fudge; they're both brilliant. But i loved her speech at the public enquiry, stirring and yet relevant to the world that we live in.
So I loved it, sure it has faults; but nothing's perfect. I recommend this to fans of the Bond franchise and to those who just enjoy a great action movie; it's blooming fantastic.
In many ways the film is a journey into the past, starting out as an epic globe-trotting adventure before scaling down to Bond's childhood Scottish roots and finally bringing the series full circle with Moneypenny back in the same blue dress she wore in Dr No and M no longer in a hi-tech office but the old wood-panelled one with the same padded door and the same naval painting on the wall from the Bernard Lee days, rewinding the series to the Connery era. If hats were still in fashion, Craig would have made his entrance throwing his onto the hat stand. It's a deliciously understated scene that goes uncommented on - thankfully the film never feels the need to knowingly wink at the audience - that will have Bond fans of old feeling like a puppy dog with two tails. And the new faces as the old regulars (Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw) may be very different from their predecessors, but they fit very nicely with this new/old Bond.
Unfortunately, on the minor debit side Logan has always had a bit of a problem with his villains. He can do plot or milieu or character, but he can't really pull off any combination of the three with his bad guys, and while this is a bit of an improvement he does fall back on the tried and trusted. In Gladiator he offered a mad lisping Emperor with a chip on his shoulder betraying the people who put him in a position of trust to pursue a vendetta with a brother figure. In Star Trek: Nemesis he offered a petulant lisping mastermind with a chip on his shoulder betraying the people who put him in a position of trust to pursue a vendetta with a father figure. In Skyfall he offers us a devious lisping mastermind with a chip on his shoulder betraying the people who put him in a position of trust to pursue a vendetta with a mother figure. All he needs now is someone with a lisp pursuing a vendetta with a sister figure and he'll have the full set of immediate family adversaries.
On the plus side, this villain is intelligent and actually has a masterplan instead of just talking about one, even if it is one that at times suggests he's a bit of a fan of The Dark Knight, and he's played by a much better actor, though that is something of a double-edged sword. Despite being given a great build up - the slight physical trembling and almost-disguised weakening of the voice Severine gets even thinking about him is a wonderfully underplayed appetiser - he's a rather thin character, leaving Javier Bardem trying too hard to make a memorable impression with the kind of quirks that great actors who are persuaded to make more commercial fodder than they're at home in throw into the mix to keep themselves from getting bored (think Brando on his off days).
It's a bit of a letdown considering what Bardem is capable of, but for some reason every time an Oscar winning actor who can do menace gets a sniff of a Bond villain they dye their hair blonde and camp it up. Thankfully he doesn't go the full John Inman, but the film is strong enough not to need the theatricality or the absurdly bit of obvious CGI thrown in to his Hannibal Lector scene. While he doesn't ruin the film, I think the performance is why the film hasn't grabbed my affections the way Quantum did even though they improved the problem areas from that: I found Mathieu Almaric a far more intriguing villain because he wasn't playing the villain, he was playing the good guy (or at least ecologically aware businessman), and his scheme less reliant on an almost supernatural ability to predict the good guys' every move years in advance. And while I liked the exploration of M's ruthlessness, her departure didn't have the same impact as that of Mathis in Quantum.
While it's pleasing to have Stuart Baird, quite possibly the greatest editor of action scenes alive today, back in the editing suite after the often misjudged editing in Quantum it's a shame that composer David Arnold was replaced with Thomas Newman, who astonishingly became the first in the series' history to be nominated for best score despite a truly anonymous temp track-style score with no personality, themes or development (although it works much better on the film than as an album where it's derivative general shapelessness is much more exposed).
Curiously the Blu-ray exaggerates what were many of the niggles about Roger Deakins' lazily overvalued cinematography (you do get the impression that had the identical images been created by a cinematographer who wasn't a name it would have attracted little attention), with many scenes like the Board of Inquiry or London street scenes suffering from the lack of depth, slightly bleached look and waxy loss of detail that are among the most commonplace drawbacks when you don't shoot on film. It's strange that Deakins got a free pass on this one when the move from film to digital has had such inconsistent results both in terms of quality and creativity: it's a mixture of a few strikingly good looking scenes (the Chris Doyle/Blade Runnerish fight against a neon background) and a lot of very drab or visually clichéd ones (seriously, that relentlessly dreary rainy London look has been done to death for years by television) while there are some real problems with focus and colour balance in the opening to the Macau casino scene and parts of the siege suffer badly from digital's ongoing inability to handle shadows and low light levels very well. It's a long way from his best work, and to claim, as some have done, that it's the best looking Bond film is doing a great disservice to the work of Freddie Young and Ted Moore on earlier, much better looking films. It doesn't help that there's some very noticeable edge enhancement in places - the doorframe to M's office and his picture frames look like a straining rope or teeming with termites from one frame to the next.
Yet while its flaws keep it from reaching the heights of Casino Royale, there's so much to enjoy and so much it gets right and strikes such a good balance between exciting action scenes and a real look at what makes Bond Bond that it's still a worthy addition to the franchise - not top tier, but certainly no middling effort either.
The extras package looks substantial - two audio commentaries, some 15 featurettes and trailer - but at times there's more puff than substance.
Anyway, great film - brilliant classic theme by Adele, epic chases, Moneypenny kicking ass and of course Dame Judy (Was personally gutted that she died, but Fiennes was a good replacement) The gloriously camp Javier Bardem was such a brilliant baddie as well.
I had high hope of Spectre as well, but that fell flat on it's face..
A mate or two with similar taste in films, a bottle of good red, a large bowl of peanuts.
It's Bond, with all that one would expect. Very sad to see teh DB5 (or model of this) being destroyed, STUPID having Bond drinking BEER and then out of the bottle - product placement!!!! For goodness sake, he is a sophisticated English spy who is renowned for his taste in Champers, beautiful women and Dry Martinis. None of which, in this film, we were treated to.
So theres lots of subtle and not so subtle winks to the past 50 years in this film.
Shame they destroyed the DB5 but then again they did in its first outing as well - Goldfinger,
I suppose the argument will always rage as to who plays the best Bond, for most it will always be Connery he was after all the first (on the big screen anyway) and therefore has that distinct advantage. But for me Daniel Craig brings a true hard grit no nonscence portrayal to Bond much the way Fleming actually wrote the character.
My one disappointment with Skyfall like some other reviewers have said is the anti-climax at the end an unseen Bond throws a knife into Silva's back surely he (Silva) deserved a better ending than that.
Best of all though as the credits role BOND WILL RETURN
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Un Bond Humain, avec des défauts, des failles ; ce n'est plus James le tombeur, James le Super Hero, James qui ne souffre pas, James et ses gadgets ....
Mais c'est James avec des doutes sur ses capacités physiques, psychiques, James avec sa fragilité, avec son alcool (et pas que le célèbre Vodka Martini). Un Daniel Craig monumental dans ce costume d'espion qui remet beaucoup de chose en question (son service le laisse tomber, alors viennent les doutes sur son action, son utilité, ... )
Pas de James Bond's Girls, mais une M plus que parfaite. Judi Dench est sublime de vérité.
Une histoire où le Méchant est un vrai Méchant, crédible. Javier Bardem est sensationnel.
Un scenario à multiples rebondissements, qui explore le passé de Bond, là où tout a commencé, où tout va finir, mais où Bond va comme "sortir de l'enfance", perdre M (qui apparait comme une mère pour lui) pour mieux renaitre ... Bond le Phoenix.
Et une musique qui porte le film, bien lancé par le superbe générique et par cette très belle chanson interprétée par la superbe voix de Adèle, Une chanson ciselée au mm, et qui s'accorde parfaitement avec l'ambiance du film.
Un superbe film noir, un régal à chaque fois que je le regarde.
habe mir also den Filmals DVD bestellt. War nicht enttäuscht-.denn zwischenzeitlich hbe ich mich an Daniel Craig als James Bond gewöhnt, der auf seine Art und Weise auch JB überzeugend darstellt. Zu mal die neuen Stories auch der neuen Realität angepast sind nach einem anderen James Bond verlangen als zu Zeiten anderer Darsteller. Daher alle Fünfe ( Sterne).
Skyfall multiplie les scènes impressionnantes sur le plan visuel (le gratte-ciel de Shanghaï, l'île de Hashima, le métro, les magnifiques landes écossaises) et révèle un James Bond plus humain que jamais, tourmenté, en proie au doute. Skyfall est un James Bond crépusculaire qui n'hésite pas à mettre en avant les faiblesses de son héros, Daniel Craig, impérial. J'y vois des similitudes avec le troisième volet du Batman de Christopher Nolan. C'est pourquoi la traditionnelle James Bond girl est mise de côté pour cet opus.
Enfin, le méchant incarné par Javier Bardem est magistral, avec des scènes inhabituelles pour un James Bond.
Je n'ai pas autant vibré que Casino Royale, mais Skyfall est incontestablement l'un des James Bond les plus réussis et les captivants jamais réalisés. Du très grand spectacle. Et cette Aston Martin DB5 ...
A noter le très beau steelbook.
Angefangen bei dem besten Bond Lied seit Tina Turner's "Goldeneye" wird hier soviel Wert auf die Story und Hintergrundgeschichte gelegt wie in keinem anderen Bond-Film. Beeindruckend! Auch der "Bösewicht" Bardem wächst einem als Zuschauer ob seiner Genialität doch irgendwie ans Herz. Super, super, super. Ich liebe diesen Film!
En revnache, je peux vous assurer que la qualité Blu Ray est vraiment au RDV et que si vous avez la TV et le lecteur qui vont avec, vous en profiterez pleinement.De même le DTS 5.1 est vraiment réussi.(pas de Dolby 5.1 en francais)
Domage quand même que le film ne soit pas dispo en dolby atmos (aucune langue)
A better Bond
The James Bond films have been through some rough times but this latest offering is one of the better examples, with a good story and characters that are allowed to behave like real people. There's still a strong Hollywood influence with lots of gunfights, cars getting gratuitously destroyed (why do Americans love that so much?) and even an eery Scottish moorland setting for the grand finale. But taken for what it is - a slightly daft but enjoyable entertainment - it's fine.
Forse, per la prima volta, 007 viene mostrato per quello che in sostanza è: un uomo fatto di carne e ossa con le proprie debolezze e i propri conflitti interiori. La storia scorre senza tempi morti, ottima recitazione da parte di tutti gli attori e un Daniel Craig in forma strepitosa.
La regia di Mendes è ottima, Craig sembra prendere finalmente confidenza con il personaggio di 007.
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-la parte finale che non è all'altezza del resto della storia raccontata fino a quel punto.
-l'interpretazione di Bardem che gigioneggia nell'interpretare un villain potenzialmente interessante.
sam mendes setzt die vorgaben kongenial um, das ensemble spielt in höchstform, javier bardem ist leider nicht wirklich böse, dafür ist naomie harris als neue moneypenny ein echter gewinn. schade um dame judy dench, aber ralph fiennes hat den sprung von valdemort zum neuen "m" problemlos geschafft. witzig auch ben whishaw als neuer "q".
auf die story kommt es auch bei diesem bond nicht an, sondern nur auf eine perfekte umsetzung, schöne bilder, vielleicht ein paar tolle landschaften. und das ist wieder zu 100 % gelungen. ich freu mich schon auf den nächsten film, premiere ist im oktober 2015.
fazit: ein weiterer sehenswerter streifen aus der bondreihe