On Her Majesty's Now Playing Service

By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

Previewing the Good, Bad and Ugly of Skyfall


The box office is keeping it simple this week. Only one major release is coming our way… and it’s quite a doozy. It’s the 23rd official film in this series and needs little introduction. So make sure the martinis are shaken, not stirred, as we take a look at…
Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. *
The Good – In 1962, the world was introduced to a brand new type of hero. He was suave and smooth, yet brutal and relentless. This hero became a cinematic icon once Sean Connery lit that cigarette and uttered his name, Bond, James Bond. While Dr. No was not the first to feature Ian Fleming’s super spy (Barry Nelson portrayed an American version of the character in an adaptation of Casino Royale which aired on the 1954 television show Climax!), Sean Connery’s portrayal had become the gold standard which all other Bonds have tried to achieve. Twenty-three films, 50 years and six Bonds later, James Bond still has the ability to draw in the crowds.
This newest one has drawn in rave reviews and smashed box office records when it was released over in England a few weeks ago. Currently sitting at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes out of 85 reviews, this newest one is being called one of the best in the franchise. Oscar Winning Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) appears to have brought the old spy out of the funk of his previous outing (Quantum of Solace). I, for one, am looking forward to this newest iteration.
The Bad – As much as I love the James Bond series, I really think it needs to diversify, if but a little. Even with the recent reboot with Casino Royale, it still featured the same tired formula as the rest. There is something to be said for sticking with the old, but sometimes a small something new could do wonders (as long as they don’t go into space again. Moonraker was horrible.)
The Ugly – That’s enough about James Bond. I want to know more about his nephew James Bond, Jr. After all, he learned the game from his uncle James.
Skyfall is rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking.
That will do for this shortened week. Stay tuned next time when a former President takes out the vampires from Forks, Washington. Until then, let the sky fall, when it crumbles we will stand tall and face it together.
*summary taken from IMDB.com
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