With Bond reaching the ripe ole age of fifty this year, something special was needed to mark the landmark occasion. And taking both the critical acclaim and the box office success into account, it seems that 007 may have thrown the party of the year with Skyfall. But in this stellar year for ‘films longest running franchise’ is this really the best they could come up with?

Skyfall opens right in the action with Bond doing his thing, which we all know at this stage involves tearing up some exotic city while shooting at ‘bad guys’. And of course we cannot forget the absurd car chase. Or car/bike/train/mechanical digger, chase. The opening scene looks and feels like a 007 video game and when James Bond, do I really need to warn you about spoilers at this stage,  takes a premature tumble I almost expected  a ‘Game Over’ logo to appear on screen.

Bond may have survived getting shot, falling off a bridge and being dragged under water for the entire duration of Adele’s quiet impressive theme tune. But the film does not get off as lightly and from this point on begins its slow and agonising death. The script, in parts, is unbearable and the dialogue between characters is painfully monotonous. Javier Bardem is a great actor who tries in vain to rescue his bluntly crafted character (Mr Silva) from falling into the obvious Joker-esque role. But unfortunately he is not properly utilized and remains nothing more than a potentially good Bond villain.

With Skyfall marking Judi Dench’ seventh outing as the maternal spymaster ‘M’, it was only fair that she would occupy a more central role. She is so involved, that she ends up filling the role of Bond Girl. But of course she is not credited in this role, the honour of which falls to Bérénice Marlohe. Her 30 seconds of fame sees her head used as a coaster and not much else really.

But Skyfall does have its redeeming moments. A certain scene with an unmistakable Bond Veteran is the saving grace of the entire film. Ralph Fiennes also does well in his role of ‘M’ in waiting. The cinematography by Roger Deakins is also impressive but seemed over-lavish in parts which may have been down to fact that he was constantly trying to disguise the overall lack of a substantial plot.

I really wanted to enjoy this film. But unfortunately I just couldn’t. Skyfall lacked the overall ‘Bond Edge’ and rather than playing out as an epic it was noticeably long and arduously boring. Sam Mendes showed us a glimpse of ‘OAP Bond’ and provides a stark warning that even superheroes can grow old. But as the titles promised ‘Bond Will Be Back’, and with new fresher versions of Q, M and Ms Moneypenny it seems the future of the franchise is all but guaranteed for the next 50 years to come.

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27 thoughts on “Why Skyfall Is Not A Good Film

  1. I did feel the Bond girl was a throw-in this time…and the Moneypenny parts also seemed just “necessary” for the future and did not have much importance for this film.

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    1. If we are to be crudely honest the Bond Girl is only there to do the one thing that M cannot do.

      The witty banter between Bond and Moneypenny is fine, but only if it goes along with the overall tone of the film. It stuck out like a sore thumb in Skyfall.

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  2. Actually, I enjoyed the film. I give kudos to the franchise for finding ways to freshen it up for the future while maintaining some of the history with nods to older films, props, story, etc.

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    1. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the film. When I wrote this review I knew my opinions would be in the minority. But that’s the joys of it.

      I thought the throwback scenes (The Aston Martin for example) were marvelously shot and worked well. But I found the story to be dull and roughly pieced together.

      Thanks for sharing your opinions.

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    1. I’m sorry but what do you mean? In general I would recommend starting at the beginning of the movie and working your way towards the end. You can do it the opposite way also, but it can get a bit confusing.

      However, I do feel that this was not the answer you were looking for, am I right?

      Well there are 23 Bond films, and all of which are self contained (with a start middle and end) No too films share the same plot if you know what I mean.

      If you are a Craig fan then you cannot go wrong with Casino Royale.

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    1. Overall the film seems to be a resounding success, but of course there are also a couple of cranky critics out there (myself included) who just didn’t warm to it.

      The tongue and cheek aspects are present in Skyfall. The only problem is that the plot is far too serious to accommodate the anecdotes.

      Judging by the name of your blog, I’d better not answer yes to the ‘does that make me sound old?’ question 🙂

      I’d recommend watching Skyfall, but only if you had nothing better to do.

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      1. Ah, I did say that ‘A certain scene with an unmistakable Bond Veteran is the saving grace of the entire film.’

        I was actually referring to the Aston here. But I probably should have made it clearer.

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  3. Yeah, I wasn’t really impressed by Skyfall at all – I don’t think Daniel Craig could last another film although I’ve heard he’s signed up for two more? Just a really bland Bond.

    The storyline reminded me a lot of The Dark Knight too: villain is off-kilter and crazy, gets captured, turns out he planned it, wreaks havoc from inside, etc. Just really lacking in everything. I actually thought Javier Bardem was the only redeeming thing about the film, I had no idea he was in it until he first appeared. Weird seeing him play such an eccentric role too (with memories of No Country For Old Men).

    I thought the Adele song was a bore-fest though. That whole intro thing made me think Chelsea Wolfe would have been WAY better for something like that.

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    1. The name’s Bond….Bland Bond!!! I like it 🙂

      Yeah I see where you are coming from with the Dark Knight comparisons. They seemed to follow the same structure at the very least.

      Javier Bardem could have done with a better part, but he did do well with the character he was given.

      I thought Adele’s song worked as a typical bond song, big voice and standard bond score behind her. But what do I know. Chris Cornell was my favourite Bond Diva (I think I can safely say that this is the first and last time that Chris Cornell will be referred to as a ‘Diva’.)

      Cheers for sharing your views!!

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  4. I haven’t watched it yet…mostly because I couldn’t sit through Quantam of Solace:( I have to admit that I’m not too keen to watch it at all.

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  5. In short, I enjoyed Skyfall, but did not like Naomie Harris. The fact that there was any kind of sexual tension building between the two gives Bond the persona that he has low standards and is just out to stab anything willing to spread. I’d like to think Bond as a man looking for a challenge. Only flaw in the character this time around.

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  6. Great post – I felt the same after watching Skyfall… the dialogue was a tad stilted, there was a blink-and-you-miss-her bond girl and it seemed to lack the humor and panache of previous bond films!

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  7. I was also disappointed in this film but I do think Moneypenny is going to turn into an interesting character in the future. I always felt like that character should be greater utilized in the series…

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  8. I actually enjoyed the movie; but that´s because I like Bond movies. In comparison to other action movies, it lacks in pace, creativity and technolgy and everything. However, compared to other Bond movies, it´s darker and more dramatic (if you think about all the people that get killed and the general atmosphere of the movie). Still, it´s generic. And because I did see M´s death coming, there was nothing new to this movie. New, or exciting. Except for, when the tube crashed through the ceiling… And Bond getting shot… oh, come on, we all knew he survived. I mean, how can you call it a Bond movie, if the main character gets killed in the very beginning?
    So, I do agree with your general opinion regarding Skyfall. But I don´t agree with all of it 🙂

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