This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the greatest cinematic hero, James Bond. Having shot and survived twenty-two movies, one has to consider what makes him special. Many spies like him have come along that have had different tactics, but Bond has continued to push through his missions with the greatest force. People love this guy, because every man wants to be him. He’s cool. He’s suave. He’s intelligent. He’s unstoppable. But of course, he’s the man that can survive anything. Cinema has relied on showing the impossible to its audience that lives in a world of reality and loss. James Bond is that man that can live through the impossible, and still pull that trigger necessary to complete the mission.
After this long trail, we also have to think about other spies that have proven the impossible. Tom Cruise became Ethan Hunt, the IMF agent with every modern gadget in the Mission Impossible films. Matt Damon played Jason Bourne, a CIA assassin in the more ground and realistic Bourne series. Mike Myers even provided Austin Powers in the satirical Austin Powers series. There’s an endless list of spy-thrillers, so how does James Bond continue to stand out? He has to take the best parts of the past, and give it a modern look. That’s where Skyfall comes in.
James Bond has taken on many terrorists that have plotted to destroy something or gain some big money, but now he faces someone who wants to kill his boss M.
During a mission to retrieve a stolen hard drive containing details of almost all undercover NATO agents in terrorist organizations, Bond (played again by Daniel Craig) accidently gets shot by another agent after M (played by Judith Dench) tells her to “take the bloody shot!”. The M16 starts to question M’s ethics and considers suspension. But then a hacker causes the headquarters to explode, killing eight M16 employees. It’s not long before 007 reports back for duty from the shadows.
But he’s not the same man. Bond seems a bit rougher, and even a tad fearful that he’s only human. Nevertheless, M sends him to Shanghai to find out who currently has the hard drive. But not without a meeting with his new Quartermaster, Q (played by Ben Whishaw). The trail eventually leads him to former M16 agent turned computer terrorist, Raoul Silva (played by Javier Bardem) who blames M for his capture by the Chinese and vowed vengeance.
Skyfall took all of my expectations, and exceeded them ten times. Never has such a Bond film taken a crazy direction like this one. The films delivers with the dazzling stunts and fights, yet makes it seem more natural and grounded. Along with becoming more realistic (without staying too far from makes Bond look good), the film looks beautiful, having been directed by Sam Mendes. You’ll be surprised to find some great character development with Bond, not to mention that Bardem has become possibly the best bond villain ever.
I’ll give this five specially coded guns out of five. At the age of fifty, James Bond has shown more then that there’s plenty for him to do. He’s still the cinematic king of everything cool.