- Actors: Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes
- Directors: Sam Mendes
- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: Italian, English
- Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Orders
- DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2013
- Run Time: 143 minutes
- Customer Reviews: 7,428 customer ratings
- ASIN: B00DQK8PO4
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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.
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- Release Year: 2012
- Runtime: 2h 23m
- Genre: Thriller/Action
Daniel Craig as James Bond
Judi Dench as M
Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva
Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory
Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny
Ben Whishaw as Q
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the longest-running film franchise in history In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M (Jundi Dench) is tested as her past returns to haunt her 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond 007 takes to the shadows, aided only by a field agent (Naomie Harris) following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.
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This movie is not just a brilliant Bond movie, or a brilliant spy thriller, but a brilliant movie in general -- beautifully filmed, combining the old-school James Bond formula with a very 21st-century brand of terrorism. But what truly elevates this beautiful movie is Sam Mendes' focus on both Bond and M, and the terrible costs of living their lives.
A hard drive containing information on double agents is stolen in Istanbul, and Bond (Daniel Craig) nearly manages to get it back. But he's accidentally shot by Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and presumed dead. He's not dead, obviously -- but he uses this as a chance to retire to a tropical island.
But then MI6 is hacked by a cyberterrorist, and their headquarters is blown up. Bond reappears in London to offer his services to his country again, but he's obviously not fit for duty -- physically or psychologically. Despite this, M (Judi Dench) sends him back out to find the cyberterrorists before more agents are killed.
The trail leads him to Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a former agent who specializes in cyberterrorism. He blames M for his torture and mutilation, and is determined to destroy her career before killing her. Even capturing Silva isn't enough to stop him, and soon Bond must flee London with M to make a final stand against Silva.
If there is a underlying question to "Skyfall," it is this: Does an old-fashioned agent like James Bond belong in a world of cyberterrorism and individual extremism? Well, yes. The nature of conflict, evil and cruelty will never change, only the media through which they are spread. It's expressed in a lovely speech by M, which seems to say, "So what if it's the age of Bourne and Fast & Furious? Bond is timeless."
But Sam Mendes does sow some seeds of doubt about the "old guard" -- M is coming to the end of her tenure, and Bond is beginning to crumble from the physical and mental damage he's taken over the years.
Mendes' direction is truly spellbinding. The action is gritty and often brutal, but set against backdrops of breathtaking beauty -- a nighttime apartment lit by glowing jellyfish, Bond drifting on a boat surrounded by luminous paper lanterns, and the creaky polished beauty of Skyfall itself. But he never lets us forget the brutality of the villain's ways, such as when the token Bond girl is brutally shot in the head.
The movie also takes the chance to dip into the relationship between M and Bond. They have an untrusting, almost antagonistic relationship, with Bond knowing he cannot truly trust M, but also knowing that she does what must be done. And as he encounters Silva, Bond begins to see the creature he could choose to become, but his essential decency holds him back.
Craig and Dench rule this movie, and both of them are blisteringly good -- they give stoic performances with strong emotions roiling under the surface. Craig's performance is particularly brilliant -- this is a Bond aching and riddled with scars, but he still has the strength he needs. He also has some deliciously sensual scenes with Naomie Harris. Shaving never looked so hot.
But who can forget Javier Bardem? He also gives a glorious performance as Silva, a flamboyant cyberterrorist who hides his hate under a perpetually laughing face. Only when confronted by the woman he wants to kill does he show his true rage.
"Skyfall" is not just a brilliant James Bond movie, but a brilliant movie -- in action, in writing, in direction and in character. The next Bond movie will have a tough act to follow.
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I remember watching the pre-credits sequence with an irrepressible smile on my face; Bond was back, exactly as he should be. Everything was perfect, from the humour, to the action, to the little tug to straighten his cuffs (as every gent knows, a finger of cuff below the jacket sleeve is essential), and then the film just got better. I know that if you consider Silva's plan it really doesn't stand up to scrutiny, but this movie is made with such joy and respect to the history of the franchise that I just don't care. Not since Goldfinger has, for me, an actor nailed Bond as perfectly as Craig does here. He's weary, cynical, but absolutely brilliant at what he does. And of course there's Judi Dench as M. Trying to decide whether she's better than Bernard Lee, or vice versa, is like trying to decide whether chocolate is better than fudge; they're both brilliant. But i loved her speech at the public enquiry, stirring and yet relevant to the world that we live in.
So I loved it, sure it has faults; but nothing's perfect. I recommend this to fans of the Bond franchise and to those who just enjoy a great action movie; it's blooming fantastic.
In many ways the film is a journey into the past, starting out as an epic globe-trotting adventure before scaling down to Bond's childhood Scottish roots and finally bringing the series full circle with Moneypenny back in the same blue dress she wore in Dr No and M no longer in a hi-tech office but the old wood-panelled one with the same padded door and the same naval painting on the wall from the Bernard Lee days, rewinding the series to the Connery era. If hats were still in fashion, Craig would have made his entrance throwing his onto the hat stand. It's a deliciously understated scene that goes uncommented on - thankfully the film never feels the need to knowingly wink at the audience - that will have Bond fans of old feeling like a puppy dog with two tails. And the new faces as the old regulars (Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw) may be very different from their predecessors, but they fit very nicely with this new/old Bond.
Unfortunately, on the minor debit side Logan has always had a bit of a problem with his villains. He can do plot or milieu or character, but he can't really pull off any combination of the three with his bad guys, and while this is a bit of an improvement he does fall back on the tried and trusted. In Gladiator he offered a mad lisping Emperor with a chip on his shoulder betraying the people who put him in a position of trust to pursue a vendetta with a brother figure. In Star Trek: Nemesis he offered a petulant lisping mastermind with a chip on his shoulder betraying the people who put him in a position of trust to pursue a vendetta with a father figure. In Skyfall he offers us a devious lisping mastermind with a chip on his shoulder betraying the people who put him in a position of trust to pursue a vendetta with a mother figure. All he needs now is someone with a lisp pursuing a vendetta with a sister figure and he'll have the full set of immediate family adversaries.
On the plus side, this villain is intelligent and actually has a masterplan instead of just talking about one, even if it is one that at times suggests he's a bit of a fan of The Dark Knight, and he's played by a much better actor, though that is something of a double-edged sword. Despite being given a great build up - the slight physical trembling and almost-disguised weakening of the voice Severine gets even thinking about him is a wonderfully underplayed appetiser - he's a rather thin character, leaving Javier Bardem trying too hard to make a memorable impression with the kind of quirks that great actors who are persuaded to make more commercial fodder than they're at home in throw into the mix to keep themselves from getting bored (think Brando on his off days).
It's a bit of a letdown considering what Bardem is capable of, but for some reason every time an Oscar winning actor who can do menace gets a sniff of a Bond villain they dye their hair blonde and camp it up. Thankfully he doesn't go the full John Inman, but the film is strong enough not to need the theatricality or the absurdly bit of obvious CGI thrown in to his Hannibal Lector scene. While he doesn't ruin the film, I think the performance is why the film hasn't grabbed my affections the way Quantum did even though they improved the problem areas from that: I found Mathieu Almaric a far more intriguing villain because he wasn't playing the villain, he was playing the good guy (or at least ecologically aware businessman), and his scheme less reliant on an almost supernatural ability to predict the good guys' every move years in advance. And while I liked the exploration of M's ruthlessness, her departure didn't have the same impact as that of Mathis in Quantum.
While it's pleasing to have Stuart Baird, quite possibly the greatest editor of action scenes alive today, back in the editing suite after the often misjudged editing in Quantum it's a shame that composer David Arnold was replaced with Thomas Newman, who astonishingly became the first in the series' history to be nominated for best score despite a truly anonymous temp track-style score with no personality, themes or development (although it works much better on the film than as an album where it's derivative general shapelessness is much more exposed).
Curiously the Blu-ray exaggerates what were many of the niggles about Roger Deakins' lazily overvalued cinematography (you do get the impression that had the identical images been created by a cinematographer who wasn't a name it would have attracted little attention), with many scenes like the Board of Inquiry or London street scenes suffering from the lack of depth, slightly bleached look and waxy loss of detail that are among the most commonplace drawbacks when you don't shoot on film. It's strange that Deakins got a free pass on this one when the move from film to digital has had such inconsistent results both in terms of quality and creativity: it's a mixture of a few strikingly good looking scenes (the Chris Doyle/Blade Runnerish fight against a neon background) and a lot of very drab or visually clichéd ones (seriously, that relentlessly dreary rainy London look has been done to death for years by television) while there are some real problems with focus and colour balance in the opening to the Macau casino scene and parts of the siege suffer badly from digital's ongoing inability to handle shadows and low light levels very well. It's a long way from his best work, and to claim, as some have done, that it's the best looking Bond film is doing a great disservice to the work of Freddie Young and Ted Moore on earlier, much better looking films. It doesn't help that there's some very noticeable edge enhancement in places - the doorframe to M's office and his picture frames look like a straining rope or teeming with termites from one frame to the next.
Yet while its flaws keep it from reaching the heights of Casino Royale, there's so much to enjoy and so much it gets right and strikes such a good balance between exciting action scenes and a real look at what makes Bond Bond that it's still a worthy addition to the franchise - not top tier, but certainly no middling effort either.
The extras package looks substantial - two audio commentaries, some 15 featurettes and trailer - but at times there's more puff than substance.
Anyway, great film - brilliant classic theme by Adele, epic chases, Moneypenny kicking ass and of course Dame Judy (Was personally gutted that she died, but Fiennes was a good replacement) The gloriously camp Javier Bardem was such a brilliant baddie as well.
I had high hope of Spectre as well, but that fell flat on it's face..
A mate or two with similar taste in films, a bottle of good red, a large bowl of peanuts.
It's Bond, with all that one would expect. Very sad to see teh DB5 (or model of this) being destroyed, STUPID having Bond drinking BEER and then out of the bottle - product placement!!!! For goodness sake, he is a sophisticated English spy who is renowned for his taste in Champers, beautiful women and Dry Martinis. None of which, in this film, we were treated to.
Judi Dench is a triumph, she deserved an oscar for her acting, marvelous!
Don't watch the extras first, just watch the film, don't spoil it.
After watching this I just felt so happy and elated, this is true bond, its action packed, stunning cinematography, stunning locations, great script, great acting, fantastic effects, classy, stylish, rich, sumptuous, all those good words.
I think you could easily say, I loved every minute of it.
I only take issue with the list of extras, I feel these are probably part of the film, not extras as such. If you look at extras on the menu there are precious few compared with the list online. Don't let that put you off though.
I also think triple play's are a waste of time, why don't they just call them, give the DVD to a mate? Lets face it lots of people will and surely that hurts sales, so I never understand why they do it. Who wants a DVD when you have Blu-Ray? Make the digital copy a download and ditch the DVD, stupid idea.
There are so many references to the Connery days and even some Brosnan moments...A delight because it strips away all of the flim-flammery that was beginning to overwhelm the stories, prior to Daniel jumping into the role through the train window, and puts Bond back in he driving seat, literally. Everything comes back...the car, the Walther, the old oak panelled office, 'M' wearing braces, the naval paintings, even the hat stand..! Is Daniel going to wear a trilby in the next one, because that's all it would need to bring this straight back to the original...having him loft his hat onto the pegs again. How cool would that be...!? A classic Bond and full of hidden references but ....do pay attention!
When I went and watched this film at the cinema I came out at the end unable to stop thinking about it and unable to get it out of my mind.I was truelly staggered at how good it was and I was hungry to see it again,it had a real magic to it that casino royale and qauntum of solace CLEARLY lacked and although SPECTRE is an improvement it Simply cannot match or compete with This Film it terms of sheer quality and entertainment.The story works has one of the best bond Villians ever and is easy to understand and the film is the same is full of scenes that you want to watch over and over again because they are SO ENTERTAINING And ENJOYABLE.It Definatetly has an ingredient to it that the sean connery and some of the roger moore films as James bond had that made them so enjoyable,and that is why Skyfall is A VERY,VERY GOOD FILM why it was only given a 7.8 out of 10 I simply cannot understand as it a definate 8.7 out of 10 and is why I will give it 4 Going onto 5 stars.
However "Skyfall" was different. A good film, gripping from the opening sequence (which - not typically - was entirely relevant and even essential to the main storyline) to the final scenes. A plot which was straightforward, but with enough twists to keep it interesting, and with enough action scenes (and throwaway lines) for anyone. And a couple of good 'teasers' for future films to keep filmgoers interested . .
I am happy with this purchase and with the film itself.
This is not your usual Bond full of tricks and wizardry and one liners a plenty, it's more a case of Bond being in a bad place and not the agent he was before and fighting for redemption.
The bad guy is pretty cool and plays his role well. Overall I would say this is my second favourite Daniel Craig Bond film behind Casino Royale but above Quantum of Boredom sorry I mean Solace.
One thing that I found annoying was even though it's triple play with blu-ray when I redeemed my purchase with iTunes I thought I would get the HD version but instead got the standard definition copy. Thought they could have at least given you the HD copy!
Bad guy this time is Javier Bardem the Spanish baddie is the perfect villain to Bond`s gallant way of trying to save the world.
Even `M` played impeccably by British iconic actress Judy Dench gets at least more than 5 minutes airtime as Bardem goes on a revenge mission against the British Government.
One of the best Bonds for years and at a a fiver from Amazon you cant go wrong!
Hope the next one is as good can't wait to see it, but in the mean time I can watch this one again and again.
Highly Recommended to every one that likes Bond or Action movies.
I do not envy whoever has to assume Mendes's mantle, because it will be an extremedly hard act to follow.
When they initially chose Daniel Craig for Bond I was unsure about the selection; he's a serious actor with an incredible talent and I wasn't sure how that would work after the more 'tongue-in-cheek with action' style previously adopted. I'm happy to admit when I'm wrong, he is just fantastic as Bond! And this film is the best of his Bond films so far. The cast is jam-packed with outstanding actors - I love Judi Dench, she is perfect in this, isn't she always though. She's a treasure, always such a delight on screen. Javier is fantastic as the baddie and I love Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny- I loved her in 28 Days Later so that was a bonus that they'd signed her up.
So now I have a favourite Bond film and a favourite Bond- Daniel Craig! Enjoy! :)