While “shaken not stirred,” normally applies to 007’s drink of choice in the James Bond films, it may more fittingly apply to how the superspy’s fanbase felt following 2008’s “Quantum Of Solace.” For the second time in the series’ storied history, the future of the franchise was up in the air, but with today’s release of “Skyfall,” the sky is literally now the limit!
The James Bond films work for a variety of reasons, but they’ve remained successful over the years courtesy of the actors portraying the iconic character. From Sean Connery to current 007 Daniel Craig, audiences can’t get enough of the most famous and charismatic member of her majesty’s secret service. While many other franchises feel the need to rehash the same tired origin story, Bond’s creators have taken a different route.
For the most part they’ve had great success by never fully explaining Bond’s mythology and just filling moviegoers in on what they need to know at that particular point and time. “Skyfall” (which incidentally refers to a particular place from Bond’s past), continues to fill in certain holes while at the same time delivering a deeply emotional storyline that sends the franchise in a new direction that seems to be resonating with fans and critics alike.
In today’s round of reviews, many were quick to not only put over the film, but’s it equally likeable cast and crew.
“Not to take anything away from the crazy action sequences of Skyfall, but the 1-1 between Silva (Javier Bardem) and Bond (Daniel Craig) is a thing of pure beauty.” – Rebecca Murray, About.com
“Sam Mendes has made a perfect Bond film.” – Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
“Mendes’ approach to action is classical and elegant – no manic editing and blurry unintelligible images here – but what makes the movie special is the attention he pays his actors.” – Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
Across the pond, where “Skyfall’s” already been released for weeks, the movie has become the most profitable installment in the franchise ever and has grossed nearly $290 million internationally. Helmed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) and written by John Logan (“Gladiator,” “Hugo.”) the movie has all the pieces needed to make it a hit. In fact early buzz was so overwhelmingly positive, Sony/MGM has signed Logan to write the next two Bond films, which are rumored to be a two-part series.
After 50 years and (now) 23 films, the 007 series remains one of the most iconic in cinematic history, but more importantly it wears its age well and always returns to theaters with a must-see feel. Given all the uncertainty that surrounded the series over the last four years, this high level of success has to be a relief for a franchise that has fought back from the brink of extinction before and will do everything it can to not have to do it again!
“Skyfall” is now in theaters.
So what’s your take New York? Will you check out “Skyfall?” What’s your favorite Bond film? Hit the comments and let us know.
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