Skyfall

Skyfall

Skyfall

As the Bond series turns 50, Daniel Craig returns for his third turn as 007, facing a new adversary played by a sinister, blonde Javier Bardem. Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty). After a failed mission in Istanbul sees Bond shot and presumed killed, a file containing the identities of all undercover MI6 agents falls into unsafe hands. When the stolen intel leads to casualties and MI6 itself comes under attack, Bond reappears in London not fully recuperated but ready to track down those responsible.

Bond’s mission takes him to Shanghai, Macau and a mysterious abandoned island - as well as boasting a heavy dose of London-based action. It also involves revisiting his past and that of M (Judi Dench), who harbours a personal connection to Javier Bardem’s villain. Q is played by Ben Wishaw, and Eve Moneypenny by Naomie Harris. This is the 23rd Bond movie.

Best Sound Editing at the Academy Awards 2013. Best Original Song ('Skyfall' by Adele and Paul Epworth) at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes 2013. Best British Film and Original Music, BAFTA Awards 2013.
2012Rating: M, contains violence143 minsUK, USA
ActionThriller
84%
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Reviews & comments

Modern Bond

James Bond has evolved into a slick modern production,without the gadgets of the earlier days.It has a great story which is made up from the present and the past.Enjoyed it.

4.0
0

M agnificent

Shock horror, my first bond movie. And quite frankly, it is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The story line is a lot about M, and the ending is somewhat predictable, but the movie and storyline is very well thought out, and immediately I was welcomed into the world of bond, with the opening scene of fighting, Mendes doesn't waste any time. It is...

5.0
0

Rollicking yarn - bit lightweight though

Six of us saw "Skyfall" and unanimously agreed that Daniel Craig's best Bond movie to date remains "Casino Royale". We all felt the plot was lacking something as it wasn't really clear what the villain (extremely well played by Javier Bardem) wanted to achieve - embarrassment of MI6; exposure of their agents; getting rid of M and/or Bond? Some great...

3.0
0

A notch below expectations

Nowhere near as good as expected, with implausible scenes and as the guys I was with said 'not even a bit of side boob'.

3.0
0

Never Ceases to Amaze Me

This movie is fantastic and all the Bond films have been great since The World Is Not Enough although i did not think they should have killed off Judi Denchs M.

5.0
0

Disappointed Bond fan

Too much talking, too much angst, too-blond Bond.

3.0
0

Bond does GQ and Bardem does Batman.

Everyone loves this Bond! It is certainly thoroughly enjoyable. The spectacular action and locations provide jawdropping moments. Craig looks picture perfect even when he's supposed to be on the ropes. But is it just me or does Javier Bardem slide campily into a Batman villain a little too much? Liked the absence of gratuitous sex scenes but felt sad at the...

4.0
0

Back to Basics

Long time Bond fans will love the nods to the past, whilst those new to the films can just sit back and enjoy a fantastic movie. A brilliant, intelligent film with a great cast and a cracking script. Loved it!

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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 centre of the action.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The Daniel Craig era comes of age with a ballsy Bond that takes brave chances and bold risks. Guess what? Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Whether Mr. Mendes is deploying an explosion or a delectable detail, he retains a crucially human scale and intimacy, largely by foregrounding the performers.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

From the opening in Istanbul to the final siege shootout in the Scottish Highlands, this film is a supremely enjoyable and even sentimental spectacle, giving us an attractively human (though never humane) Bond.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he previously played unconvincingly.

0
New York Daily News

New York Daily News

press

Though a notch below 'Royale', 'Skyfall' follows that reboot's lead, making a now 50-year-old icon as cool as when he began.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A thrilling new chapter in a franchise that by all rights should have been gasping for air - which really makes [Mendes] the hero of this saga.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Feels more seriously connected to real-world concerns than any previous entry, despite the usual outlandish action scenes...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

'Skyfall' is pretty much all you could want from a 21st Century Bond: cool but not camp, respectful of tradition but up to the moment, serious in its thrills and relatively complex in its characters but with the sense of fun that hasn't always been evident lately.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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 centre of the action.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The Daniel Craig era comes of age with a ballsy Bond that takes brave chances and bold risks. Guess what? Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Whether Mr. Mendes is deploying an explosion or a delectable detail, he retains a crucially human scale and intimacy, largely by foregrounding the performers.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

From the opening in Istanbul to the final siege shootout in the Scottish Highlands, this film is a supremely enjoyable and even sentimental spectacle, giving us an attractively human (though never humane) Bond.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he previously played unconvincingly.

0
New York Daily News

New York Daily News

press

Though a notch below 'Royale', 'Skyfall' follows that reboot's lead, making a now 50-year-old icon as cool as when he began.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A thrilling new chapter in a franchise that by all rights should have been gasping for air - which really makes [Mendes] the hero of this saga.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Feels more seriously connected to real-world concerns than any previous entry, despite the usual outlandish action scenes...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

'Skyfall' is pretty much all you could want from a 21st Century Bond: cool but not camp, respectful of tradition but up to the moment, serious in its thrills and relatively complex in its characters but with the sense of fun that hasn't always been evident lately.

4.0
0

Modern Bond

James Bond has evolved into a slick modern production,without the gadgets of the earlier days.It has a great story which is made up from the present and the past.Enjoyed it.

4.0
0

M agnificent

Shock horror, my first bond movie. And quite frankly, it is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The story line is a lot about M, and the ending is somewhat predictable, but the movie and storyline is very well thought out, and immediately I was welcomed into the world of bond, with the opening scene of fighting, Mendes doesn't waste any time. It...

5.0
0

Rollicking yarn - bit lightweight though

Six of us saw "Skyfall" and unanimously agreed that Daniel Craig's best Bond movie to date remains "Casino Royale". We all felt the plot was lacking something as it wasn't really clear what the villain (extremely well played by Javier Bardem) wanted to achieve - embarrassment of MI6; exposure of their agents; getting rid of M and/or Bond? Some great...

3.0
0

A notch below expectations

Nowhere near as good as expected, with implausible scenes and as the guys I was with said 'not even a bit of side boob'.

3.0
0

Never Ceases to Amaze Me

This movie is fantastic and all the Bond films have been great since The World Is Not Enough although i did not think they should have killed off Judi Denchs M.

5.0
0

Disappointed Bond fan

Too much talking, too much angst, too-blond Bond.

3.0
0

Bond does GQ and Bardem does Batman.

Everyone loves this Bond! It is certainly thoroughly enjoyable. The spectacular action and locations provide jawdropping moments. Craig looks picture perfect even when he's supposed to be on the ropes. But is it just me or does Javier Bardem slide campily into a Batman villain a little too much? Liked the absence of gratuitous sex scenes but felt sad at...

4.0
0

Back to Basics

Long time Bond fans will love the nods to the past, whilst those new to the films can just sit back and enjoy a fantastic movie. A brilliant, intelligent film with a great cast and a cracking script. Loved it!

4.0
0