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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.

Writer’s block is a unequalled buggering pain. I’m no Neil Gaiman or Douglas Adams (as my bank balance and non-production of books will attest) but I love to be able to get the swirling myriad of words lurking in my brain onto an electronic or paper page. At present I’m attempting to get a Skyfall review out of my little grey cells and it’s not happening very well but I think I’m on the verge of partial success. Often it’s a question of finding a hook to base all the other words around.

For Skyfall it looks like it’s going to be the references to Ulysses and The Fighting Temerarie. The former features a hero who yearns for adventure once more despite having the possibility of a safe settled life before him, and the latter captures the final moments of a distinguished ship of the line heading to the breaker’s yard. Both parallel an ageing Bond seemingly becoming obsolete and that is my hook. The series is 50 years old and trying to be as fresh now as it was in 1962.

Of course I could get to a certain point in proceedings and say “oh fuck it” and try and start again.

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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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