Bond is better than ever
Review: Niall Boyle
A suave blend of old and new make Skyfall the number one contender for the crown of best-ever Bond film.
The 23rd instalment of the classic franchise has everything—a chilling villain with a dodgy haircut, Raoul Silva, the excellent Javier Bardem, a pair of gorgeous Bond girls and more action than you can poke a stick at.
Doubters of Craig as 007 will have no gripes after his latest appearance—the British actor is perfect as the gritty, weathered secret agent.
Mind you, he looks to have aged significantly since Quantum of Solace.
Judi Dench is also front and centre as MI6 chief M, whose past sins come back to haunt her.
Bardem is the best villain in a Bond film in recent times, without a shadow of a doubt.
He’s got great acting chops bringing an air of mystique and intrigue as cyberterrorist Silva.
One of the toughest arch-villains Britain’s finest has had to face, Bardem’s character has a score to settle and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to do so.
If you thought it couldn’t get any better, there’s a reappearance of an old classic, Bond’s Aston Martin DB5.
The story is a bit fantastical at times, but Craig’s stirring screen presence and a tonne of action means the viewer is always engrossed.
The tone of Skyfall even harkens back to the days of Sean Connery in Goldfinger, all those years ago.
Skyfall is a fitting movie to mark 50 years of Bond.