I like this vulnerable, damaged, dysfunctional James Bond. It’s a change in direction that has liberated a 50-year-old film franchise from its archaic, superficial shell and allowed for a flawed, complex character to emerge, in far superior form. Since Casino Royale, Daniel Craig has played the role with both a subversive charm and the unpredictable disposition of a wounded pit viper; it’s an attitude that he wears more comfortably than his tuxedo, and so effective in reinventing an icon that it might challenge the devotion of even the most ardent Connery purist. (more…)
Tag: Javier Bardem
This is kind of a new foray for me. How does one actually rate and review a James Bond movie? Do you treat it like any other movie, or are these movies held to a different standard due to their cultural status? This is the first movie of this kind that I’ve had to cover, and I’m kind of frightened at the prospect. Well, let’s start with the obvious: Skyfall is a hell of a good time at the movies, with every cent of its $150 million-dollar budget being used and captured with masterful clarity. Director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins have made a very great-looking film (note: Skyfall is the first Bond movie to be shot 100% digitally) and have made an indelible mark in the James Bond canon. Yet I can’t help feeling that Skyfall needs to be held to a different standard – the kind not only set forth by the previous two Bond movies, but other real-world dramatic action films like The Dark Knight and Heat.