- 14 October 2012
- By John Howell
Excellent news for Bond fans everywhere. The first reviews of Daniel Craig's third 007 outing, Skyfall, have landed, and they're all amazingly positive. In the 23rd James Bond film, Bond's loyalty to M (played by Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, James Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film also stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Albert Finney.
With a five star rating, The Times UK called Skyfall "a great British bulldog of a movie. From the moment the orchestral sound of Adele belts out, sending a nostalgic shiver down the audience's collective spine, we know this will be a triumphant return to classic Bond. Sam Mendes, the director, deftly balances fanboy worship of 007 tradition with sophisticated film-making, and (apart from early Connery), nobody does it better than Daniel Craig."
The Hollywood Reporter was equally effusive:
"Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film will certainly 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."
David Poland at Movie City News said:
"This is, for me, Sam Mendes best work as a movie director. One could easily argue that American Beauty is a better movie. But for me, that was a very theatrical work with a very heavy influence coming from the late great Conrad Hall. Skyfall offers a stronger hand from Mendes than I have ever seen in his film work before. Mendes' negative signature for me has been extreme story choices followed by pulled punches. Not here. This movie feels to be of one piece... of one attitude. That is a success for me. And the action, when he chooses action, is skillful... which I didn't expect, even with great second unit support."
The Screen Daily considers Skyfall to be Daniel Craig's best Bond film:
"It seems likely that this will be much more warmly embraced by series fans and general audiences – though with a franchise this big the distinction is moot – than Quantum Of Solace. It's said that Connery and Moore didn't hit their peak as Bond until their third entries, though Lazenby and Dalton didn't get that far and Brosnan was mired in The World Is Not Enough; Craig also seems to benefit from a third stab that puts all the elements, old and new, in perfect place. At this rate, it seems likely the series will continue indefinitely."
Variety also claims Skyfall is Daniel Craig's best and compares the last three Bond films to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy:
"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 exemplars of what cinematic brands can achieve, resulting in a recipe for nothing short of world domination."
We haven't had the chance to watch Skyfall yet, but with reviews like these I'm guessing director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig have a massive hit on their hands. We'll be reviewing Skyfall shortly.
Skyfall premiers 23 October in London, but is not released in the US until 9 November and Australia 22 November. Watch Skyfall's official trailer below.
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