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James Bond: Resurrection
I Loved Skyfall.
Loved it. Loved it.
Double-O-7 is back, charging fast and hard.
Navigating a terrain of hazards that would easily fell a lesser intelligence agent.
But never Bond, James Bond of Her Majesty’s Secret Service with a license to kill.
High in the air on a moving train, on the ground in a car/motorbike, deep into the bowels of the earth in a subway tunnel with the train literally crashing on him and finally dragging a tormentor into the deep, icy Scottish waters for the kill – Skyfall is action Nirvana.
It was a full house for the evening show of the newest James Bond film at a theatre on the U.S. East Coast.
Boy, did the audience love this one.
Total, Total Paisa Vasool.
Action Bond – Vintage Villain
In my not so humble opinion, James Bond is only as worthy, as appealing as the monstrous villain Double-O-Seven is up against.
The beauty of Sam Mendes’ Skyfall is to throw in the powerful Spanish actor Javier Bardem as the revenge-seeking villain Silva opposite Daniel Craig’s Bond with Judi ‘M’ Dench providing solid ballast in her biggest role to date in a Bond film.
Never has James Bond’s boss M been such a strong, powerful presence in a Bond film.
Oh, did I tell you, Ralph Fiennes too puts in an appearance in a not insignificant role.
An embarras de richesses when it comes to the acting talent littering Skyfall.
Moments into the film, we got a powerful adrenaline shot with Bond’s colleagues killed in Istanbul and 007 in hot pursuit of the killer, first in a jeep, then transferring to a motorbike for a rooftop chase and finally pole-vaultimg from the motorbike to the roof of a moving train for a man-o-mano fight.
Mouth agape, action film buffs will wet their pants and panties watching that hot chase. Thankfully, the high octane action never, never stops in Skyfall.
At M’s insistent urging from distant London, a reluctant fellow agent Eve (Naomi Harris) takes a shot at the fast-moving target on the train, and oh no, not the villain but Bond plunges into the river, swept away over a fast waterfall into the roaring waters.
Soon we see M writing Bond’s obituary.
But a hard-drive containing the names of MI6 agents infiltrated into terrorist organizations worldwide has gone missing and soon lands into the hands of a shadowy group that brings the terror close to London, close to MI6 and ultimately, close to M herself.
And pray, where is Bond all this time?
“Enjoying death,” as Bond puts it to M upon returning to London after the deadly bombings.
No, this is not the neat, suave Bond with the deadly aim of yore.
Au contraire, this is Bond with a stubble, shaky hands and, horror of horrors, an agent who tires easily.
Clearly, not an MI6 agent at the top of his game.
Despite the opposition from some quarters to Bond’s reentry on the ground that the espionage business “is a young man’s game,” 007 is back inside MI6.
From then on, it’s quickly off to Shanghai, Macau, a deserted Japanese island before heading off to the fiery finale in Scotland via London.
Although Daniel Craig is in top form as Bond, alas, he lacks the mischievous glint in Sean Connery’s eyes.
That’s my one, bitter complaint. Perhaps, it’s the script!
A Bond without a hint of some ‘shaken, but not stirred’ mischief could soon get boring.
If you thought Bardem was chilling in No Country for Old Men, wait till you watch Skyfall and hear his defense of vengeance as he explains how Life clung like a disease to him when all he wanted to do was die.
One may go as far as to say that this is a Bond film where the clash is between the ‘villain’ and M with Bond confined to the sidelines.
Judi Dench bites into a mega-sized role of an amoral, deeply flawed M with great aplomb.
Will Judi Dench ever return as M?
Likely not, if we correctly understood Skyfall.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the talented Ralph Fiennes as the new M.
The two Bond girls, British actress Naomie Harris and French gal Bérénice Lim Marlohe get little room to leave an impression although Marlohe, with her Asian features, did, at least to my lust-filled eyes.
Director Sam Mendes introduces both Bond and his enemy Raoul Silva to the audience in similar fashion – He has them walking from a distance toward us, first a shadow, then a form and finally a larger-than-life presence staring at us.
I had great fun watching Skyfall and so will you schmucks should you care to see this action thriller.
Skyfall is a lovely action film with more than enough soul in it.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends Skyfall. The movie is playing every city and town across America.