I was out of town when SKYFALL opened here in the U.S. but finally had a chance to see it last weekend. It ranks as one of my all-time favorite James Bond movies.
For those of you who haven't seen the movie, I'll try not to give away anything, but here is what I most enjoyed about the movie:
- The plot's "old vs. new" theme. Will modern technology or old gadgets and ways save the day? Brilliantly done!
- Daniel Craig as Bond. Everybody has their favorite Bond--Daniel Craig is probably mine. (Yeah, I fudged a bit with "probably.")
- Naomie Harris as Bond's cohort. I think her character and how the character is played appeals to modern-day, female sensibilities.
- The exotic locales. Of course, such locales in a Bond film are a given. But it's always wonderful seeing scenes of my beloved London. Also enjoyed the opening Istanbul scenes, since I just visited Istanbul in September.
- Javier Bardem as the villain. He nailed the role! And I loved the complexity of his character: some good mixed with a lot of bad, which is always more believable (and unnerving) than straight-up bad.
- Adele singing Skyfall. Haven't enjoyed a Bond theme song so much since Shirley Bassey sang Goldfinger.
- And last but certainly not least: Judi Dench as M. Oh my! What a brilliant performance! And the writers did a stellar job of expanding her role.
As many of you may know, back in February, Judi announced that she has macular degeneration (as did her mother). So it was bittersweet watching her incredible performance in Skyfall. I send Judi my heartfelt love and well wishes. Huffington Post recently carried an article about her; if you wish to read it, click HERE (Note: the article does issue a SPOILER ALERT)