It’s been a while since I wrote about a film on Florence Finds, but then it has also been a long time since I have been as excited about a film as I was about the new James Bond Film, Skyfall. I grew up watching Bond, found common ground with Pete in our mutual appreciation of the films when we met and I happen to think Daniel Craig is the most authentic Bond yet… that and Adele’s silky tones wrapped round the omnipresent theme tune got me super excited for the release.
As we sat in the cinema and the title sequence rolled after the standard gripping opening scene, I found myself thinking, what is it exactly about Bond that makes it so good? I mean, lets face it, it’s formulaic. *Spoiler Alert* Bond doesn’t die… and yet the films are so good because every time he’s face to face with the bad guy I really can’t see how he’s going to get out this time and Skyfall is no exception.
Let me qualify my first statement by explaining why Craig makes the best Bond yet. He has all the dark brooding attributes that Fleming intended for his deadly assassin in the books and the emotionless air of someone with a damaged past. Since Craig took the role of Bond the films have been more stripped back, darker, as though slowly laying the foundations for the new generation of Bond films and this one was no exception. With a serious air of nostalgia throughout it felt appropriate for our austerity focused country, harking back to the golden days of espionage.
Sam Mendes has done a fantastic job, blending iconic Bond scenes (Bond sailing into his enemies lair twice with typical suave bravado,) and epic exotic locations with incredible cinematography. One scene see’s Bond stalking his target in a multi walled glass building with the Shanghai Ad billboards reflecting as an ever changing smokescreen back drop, falling in and out of the shadows as the lights changed – it completely blew my mind.
In a change from the norm however much of the film is set on home turf with a real sense of reality and relevance as London and M16 itself comes under terrorist attack using the most modern of technologies, the internet. The film also sees a changing of the guard – there’s a brilliantly geek-chic new Q, and a new Moneypenny, with a further sense of scene setting for future films. Javier Bardem makes one of the most cringeworthy and psychologically disturbing bad guy’s for some time too, with a camp twist on being mad, bad and simultaneously brilliant.
I loved it, every second and definitely think it’s one of the best yet… but what I want to know is what did you think about it? Have you seen it this weekend? Will you be going to see it? Do share your thoughts readers, good or bad