Let me start by saying Skyfall is spectacular, and you should see it. If you don’t want to know anything else, stop reading and just go see it.
Still here? Thanks for sticking around! Daniel Craig is brilliant in his third outing as MI6’s top agent (even if he does seem to be getting on a bit), but the real star of the show is my favourite Bond girl – Judy Dench as M. They make a dynamic duo as they battle a demon from her past in the deliciously deranged hacker Silva (Javier Bardem).
The film is beautifully made, with some gorgeous cinematic moments (my personal favourite was when Silva made his first appearance – you’ll see what I mean). I’m happy to note that I didn’t really notice the product placements either – I actually walked out thinking that Heineken hadn’t appeared once (although the boy did point out that it appeared in a fairly nothing scene, with the label obscured).
This is the first Bond film I’ve seen where I felt he was human – and the story tied to the title of the film is a big reason for that (although watching Bond deal with Ben Whishaw’s young, new Q, may also have contributed). I understand where all The Dark Knight references spring from, and I agree that they are warranted. Skyfall takes a character we know and love to a deeper level, and we can help but fall for it.