|Nov. 9th, 2012 07:14 pm "Skyfall" is good Bond, for it is a timely Bond|
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Produced on the 50th Anniversary of **Doctor No,** the James Bond franchise knew they had to raise their game after their last movie, **Quantum of Solace** became a critical and box office disappointment. A movie franchise does not survive a half century if it did not know how to adapt to popular culture while retaining some sense of tradition.
**Skyfall** accomplishes 007's mission.
After another spectacular pre credit action sequence, James Bond (Daniel Craig) and his supervisor M (Judi Dench) are contemplating the future of espionage, for computers and drones are eliminating the need for field work. Yet as an agency becomes more reliant upon technology, British Secret Service fail to notice an obvious internal threat in the guise of Silva (Javier Bardem), a cyberterrorist with a grudge.
While Bond-M-Silva triangle drive the narrative, it is the character motivations of Eve (Noamie Harris), Q (Ben Wishlaw) and Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) that create tension and misdirection for the plot. **Skyfall** is a globetrotting narrative, but this 007 film puts the United Kingdom front and center.
As a stand alone movie, **Skyfall** will please any ticket buyer. Unlike the manic action sequences from **Quantum of Solace,** **Skyfall** provides both breath taking and unique action sequences that are fully enhanced by the MODS IMAX 5 story screen. Tension is exploited due to James Bond's poor health from the opening credit sequence.
However James Bond fans will rejoice with the Easter Eggs and details that the EOM (Everything Or Nothing) producers provide. In particular are the gags involving the successful ingredients for a vodka martini and the care and maintenance for a 1963 Aston Martin. The theme song provided by Adele is the best Bond Theme Song since Timothy Dalton was James Bond twenty three years ago. **Skyfall** is pure escapist entertainment for the holiday season.
Produced on the 50th Aniversary of **Doctor No,** the James Bond franchise knew they had to raise their game after their last movie, **Quantum of Solace** was a critical disappointment. A movie franchise does not survive a half century if it did not know how to adapt to popular culture while retaining some sense of tradition.