Movie Review: Skyfall

“Martini… Shaken not stirred.”

If you are an ardent movie lover then you should know who loves a vodka martini as his favourite drink and loves it the way in the quote above and drives an Aston Martin. Still haven’t figured it out? *really*… Ok he introduces his self as; “The name is BOND, JAMES BOND”. Yeah I can imagine the look on your face. :p

SKYFALL

Up for review today is SKYFALL, the 23rd James Bond movie directed by Sam Mendes, and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, & John Logan with Daniel Craig as James Bond, Judi Dench as M, Javier Bardem as Silva, Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallroy, Naomie Harris as Eve, Albert Finney as KincadeBen Whishaw as Q and Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine.

In Skyfall, Bond’s on a mission to recover a hard drive containing the list of British agents that are on deep cover missions in major terrorist cells around the globe. Things go way south with Bond thought to be dead and the hard disk lost. Bond returns when he discovers MI6 has been attacked and the agents are being killed. In the process of investigating, his loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her in ways she would not have thought possible and he  must track down the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

In Daniel’s Craig 3rd installment as the legendary spy created by Ian Fleming, he shows another side of Bond blending the ruthlessness we have associated with him as Bond and a more human side. Judi Dench as M, is impeccable as always giving us a wonderful performance with her wonderful punch lines here and there, but for me the spotlight was stolen in major quantities by Javier Bardem who acts as Silva, the villain in this installment and Ben Whishaw who plays the role of Q.

Silva “discussing” with Bond

Skyfall is a wonderful movie with a great plot though there are parts of it that are not totally explored to the fullest but for a movie that is full of wonderful quotes, funny punch lines, few stunts here and there and with the action coming in at the right intervals, spanning 143mins, I would say it delivered what it had to do within the time slot. O lest i forget we got to see Bond’s vintage Aston Martin DB5 but one of the major downsides was that Bond swapped his vodka Martini for Heineken 😦 😥

Skyfall has overtaken “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” to land the biggest seven-day gross earnings in U.K. box office history making $59.5 million, the opening music was performed by Adele and co-incidentally this is the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series, which began with Dr. No in 1962.

Rating: 8/10

Cinema Worthiness: 3 words only…. GO SEE IT!!!

Favourite Quotes

Psychologist: I’m going to say a word, and I want you to say the first word that comes into your head. Country?
James Bond: England.
Psychologist: Gun?
James Bond: Shot.
Psychologist: Agent?
James Bond: Provocateur.
Psychologist: Murder?
James Bond: Employment.
Psychologist: Skyfall?
[pause when there is no answer]
Psychologist: Skyfall?
James Bond: Done.

James Bond: Everyone needs a hobby… 

Raoul Silva: So what’s yours?
James Bond: Resurrection.

James Bond: 007 reporting for duty.
M: Where the hell have you been?
James Bond: Enjoying death.

Q: It always makes me feel a bit melancholy. Grand old war ship. being ignominiously haunted away to scrap… The inevitability of time, don’t you think? What do you see?
James Bond: A bloody big ship. Excuse me.
Q: 007. I’m your new Quartermaster.
James Bond: You must be joking.
Q: Why, Because I’m not wearing a lab coat?
James Bond: Because you still have spots.
Q: My complexion is hardly relevant.
James Bond: Your competence is.
Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency.
James Bond: And youth is no guarantee of innovation.
Q: Well, I’ll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field.
James Bond: Oh, so why do you need me?
Q: Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled.
James Bond: Or not pulled.
Q: It’s hard to know which in your pajamas. Q.
James Bond: 007.

M: Quoting Tennyson’s poem Ulysses: Though much is taken, much abides; and though
M: We are not now that strength which in old days
M: Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are…
M: One equal temper of heroic hearts,
M: Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
M: To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Gareth Mallory: Eleanor, be sensible. Retire with dignity…
M: Dignity! To Hell with dignity! I’ll retire when my goddamn job is finally done.

Sévérine: What do you know?
James Bond: Well, it takes a certain type of woman to wear a backless dress with a Beretta 70 strapped to her thigh.

Sévérine: What do you know about fear?
James Bond: All there is.
Sévérine: Well not like this. Not like him.

Q: The Walther PPK/S nine-millimeter short. It’s been coded to your palmprint so only you can fire it. Less of a random killing machine, more of a personal statement. 

Raoul Silva: She sent you after me, knowing you’re not ready, knowing you would likely die. Mommy was very bad. 

James Bond: The whole of MI6 goes up in smoke, and yet that bloody thing survives.

Psychologist: M?

James Bond: Bitch

That’s a wrap folks.

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12 thoughts on “Movie Review: Skyfall

  1. Nice review. This movie definitely has me anticipating the next couple of installments in this franchise and I hope that I see more of Craig as Bond, because the guy just has this role down so perfectly.

  2. wow!!!<,made more than potter and the deathly hallows?
    was it that good?…been hearing d hype et al
    maybe i shd watch it then
    🙂
    u and these movie quotes..me likey
    some i can recollect from the preview i watched

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