|British cinema poster for Skyfall, designed by Empire Design|
|Directed by||Sam Mendes|
|Produced by||Michael G. Wilson Barbara Broccoli|
|Written by||Neal Purvis Robert Wade John Logan|
|Based on||James Bond by Ian Fleming|
|Starring||Daniel Craig Judi Dench Javier Bardem Ralph Fiennes Naomie Harris Bérénice Lim Marlohe Albert Finney|
|Music by||Thomas Newman “Skyfall” performed by Adele|
|Editing by||Stuart Baird Kate Baird|
|Studio||Eon Productions Danjaq LLC|
|Distributed by||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||143 minutes|
|Country||United Kingdom United States|
Skyfall is the twenty-third spy film in the James Bond series, produced by Eon Productions and distributed by MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment. It features Daniel Craig‘s third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film’s villain. The film was directed by Sam Mendes and written by John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
In the film Bond investigates an attack on MI6; it transpires that it is part of an attack on M by a former MI6 operative, Raoul Silva. The film sees the return of two recurring characters after an absence of two films: Q, played by Ben Whishaw, and Miss Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris. Skyfall was the last film of the series for Judi Dench who played M; a role which she had played in the previous six films. The position is subsequently filled by Ralph Fiennes‘ character, Gareth Mallory.
Mendes was approached to direct the film after the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008. Production was suspended when MGM encountered financial troubles, and did not resume until December 2010; during this time, Mendes remained attached to the project as a consultant. The original screenwriter, Peter Morgan, left the project during the suspension. When production resumed, Logan, Purvis and Wade continued writing what became the final version of the script, whilst incorporating Morgan’s ideas. Filming began in November 2011, and primarily took place in the United Kingdom, China and Turkey.
Skyfall premiered on 23 October 2012, and was released in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2012. It was the first James Bond film to be screened in IMAX venues, although it was not filmed with IMAX cameras. The film’s release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series, which began with Dr. No in 1962.
I love James Bond movies, and I am certain this one will grow on me, but there was no super sexy scene with a Bond Girl, no great Bond Girl at all really. The bad guy was also a little off for a Bond Villan. The story went from spy tale to a revenge thriller and beyond and was a bit of a disappointment for me. I expect extreme diabolical plots from super villans, not a crazy guy bent on killing a single person. This was an exciting movie, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t feel like I saw a Bond movie. I feel like I just watched an English Jason Bourne instead. 3.5 stars, losing a full star for lack of Bond Girl and Bond Villan, and another half for not being a spy movie. — M.R.