Review: Skyfall

by Ryan Robinson, Staff Writer

Skyfall is the 23rd film in the James Bond series. Daniel Craig stars as Bond for the third time, after Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The film was directed by Sam Mendes, who is known for American Beauty, and co-stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, and Ralph Fiennes.

The film begins with a classic Bond fight sequence, and ends with a shocker: James Bond is accidentally shot by his ally, and falls into a body of water. Of course, he is not dead, but simply lays low for a while. Once he returns, he wants to go back on active duty, but he has not fully recovered from his injury. He fails the physical and psychological tests, but M (Judi Dench) changes the numbers and lets him pass. The villain, Silva, is expertly played by Javier Bardem, and he is one of the most ingeniously diabolical Bond villains I’ve seen. The film is full of intriguing action sequences, smart dialogue, and more emotional depth than expected in a Bond movie.

Skyfall is one of the best Bond movies in years, and if you haven’t watched one in a while, this is a great time to jump back into the series.