Skyfall Review: 007 Agent is Back, More Dangerous than Ever [Video]

Daniel Craig returns for the third time to perform the British secret agent in a new James Bond movie, directed by Sam Mendes.

James Bond is back again and now he demonstrates he’s more dangerous than ever but so is M who is the most ruthless character in Skyfall.

A new movie in the 23-film series franchise is unconnected to a change of the actor playing the secret agent, this third entry for British actor Daniel Craig who feels more seriously connected to real-world than in his previous outings, despite the usual outlandish action scenes, glittering settings and larger-than-life characters.

“Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film will certainly be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now,” Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter suggests.

Sam Mendes’s recent picture has in common with its predecessors than Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. After its release in 2008, Nolan’s superhero movie almost single-handedly reconfigured the modern blockbuster template. Still, the much-loved 007 seems to have studied all its mistakes carefully, and learned some new tricks.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the new Bond story is highly expected by 98 per cent of viewers. Meanwhile, first reviews from top critics are already written.

Graham Rye who has published the Double-O-Seven Magazine for 30 years, described the upcoming picture as ‘brilliant’, adding that it’s ‘up there in the top five of all the 23 films made in the world’s most famous film franchise’.

Initially, he refused to name the number of stars he would give to the 007 movie, explaining: “That’s not the right number.” However, after a short consideration, he declared: “It’s a 10 star Bond film. It’s up there with the best of them.”

He went on, adding: “They’ve got a dream team together again. In the 1960s when Dr No was being put together you had a world-class director in Terence Young, Ken Adam doing design, Ted Moore as cinematographer , and Peter Hunt doing the editing.”

“The thing is: They understood Bond .I think that sometimes directors are hired who don’t understand Bond. Well, in Sam Mendes you have a man who understands what makes Bond tick and Wilson and Broccoli have got a fantastic team to work with him from actors who are at the top of their game.”

Rye continued: “To a good team of writers like Neal Purvis, Robert Wade andJohn Logan , then you’ve got Roger Deakins who’s a legendary cinematographer, Dennis Gassner as production designer, Stuart Baird as designer and the legend that is Gary Powell doing all the stunts. That’s a dream team.”

Geoffrey McNab at the Independent gave ‘Skyfall’ four out of five stars, criticizing the film for being “occasionally … repetitive.” Nonetheless, he praised Mendes for “throwing in far greater depth of characterization than we’re accustomed to in a series of films that are often proudly superficial.”

Kate Muir of Times said of the movie: “Skyfall is a resurrection, and will go down as one of 007’s best.”

Jon Lyus, top critic of HeyUGuys, agreed with his colleague, saying: “Undoubtedly Daniel Craig’s best outing; this is a new kind of Bond film.”

‘Skyfall,’ the 23rd film in the secret agent franchise, will hit UK theaters on Oct. 26 and in the United States on Nov. 9.

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