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The (00)7th highest-grossing film of all time, the highest-grossing film in the UK and the highest-grossing James Bond film. Skyfall is a $1.1 billion phenomenon for the Golden Anniversary.

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007 reporting for duty.

Mindful of the critical drubbing heaped upon Quantum of Solace and the delays forced upon them by the financial woes of MGM, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson pulled out all the stops to celebrate Bond’s 50th anniversary with the innovative, intriguing and inventive Skyfall. Set in a universe of public inquiries, extraordinary renditions and a MI6 accountable to the government, Skyfall frequently doesn’t feel like a James Bond film at all. The days of grandiose sets, pussy-stroking villains and invisible Aston Martins are over.

Skyfall is the closest that the Bond series has ever come to a five-act Shakespeare tragedy as Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes helms an arc of Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and Dénouement featuring psychologically damaged characters James Bond, M and Raoul Silva. (more…)

Over at HI! Magazine is my piece Skyfall: Reviewed for DVD and Blu-Ray.

Please go and check it out and leave nice comments. I’ll be doing a Musings on Bond at 50: Skyfall article after the UK home media release on 18 February.

James Bond attempts to regain his Quantum of Solace as he sets off on a campaign of revenge for the death of his lover.

It’d be a pretty cold bastard who didn’t want revenge for someone he loved.

Quantum of SolaceDaniel Craig’s second outing as 007 is the first direct sequel in the history of the franchise and began development even as Casino Royale was being critically acclaimed as the best James Bond film in decades. Quantum of Solace chronicles 007’s quest for revenge following the death of Vesper Lynd and his confrontation with supposed environmental champion Dominic Greene and the shadowy Quantum organisation.

Equalling or bettering Casino Royale was never going to an easy task for any successor and so there was a certain inevitability about Quantum of Solace failing to live up to expectations. One of the biggest bones of contention is the supposedly bewildering and nonsensical title. Film critic Mark Kermode (who is correct about Michael Bay being beyond terrible but incorrect in regarding The Exorcist as the greatest film ever) referred to the film as Question of Sport on one occasion. The original Quantum of Solace is one of the five tales published in Ian Fleming’s For Your Eyes Only short story collection of 1958. According to Fleming, when the “Quantum of Solace” drops to zero, humanity and consideration of one human for another is gone and the relationship is finished. For fans of the literary James Bond (or anyone who cared to Google) the significance of the phrase was easily understood. Bond is unable to care or love following his betrayal by Vesper and must learn to trust once more. (more…)

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By breaking all the established rules of the franchise Casino Royale guarantees a future for James Bond 007.

I give him double-O status and he celebrates by shooting up an embassy. Is the man deranged? And where the hell is he? In the old days if an agent did something that embarrassing he’d have a good sense to defect. Christ, I miss the Cold War.

Casino RoyaleCasino Royale blows the cobwebs off the ailing James Bond franchise in a tale of love, betrayal, and morality as Ian Fleming’s legendary creation is reborn as a blunt instrument in the War on Terror. From the experimental pre-credit sequence to the final pan-up from the wounded Mr White to the gun-toting 007 the film chronicles the evolution of Bond from an neophyte agent into an experienced one forged by blood and heartbreak.

Despite being a massive financial success Die Another Day was justifiably subjected to critical mauling due to its poor script, over reliance on technology and poor CGI. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson didn’t feel engaged with any of the story ideas that were under consideration for a fifth Brosnan film and reached the decision that the series had reached a creative impasse. It was time to follow a well-worn maxim of Cubby Broccoli’s, “When in doubt go back to Fleming”. The most acclaimed films in the series are the ones that adhere to the ethos and/or story elements of Bond’s creator. The rights to Casino Royale, the very first James Bond story from 1953, had recently become available to EON Productions. Broccoli and Wilson took the monumental decision to scrap 40 years of continuity and start afresh. James Bond’s early days as 007 would be chronicled as he confronts the villainous Le Chiffre in a high stakes poker game at Casino Royale. (more…)

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In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

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