Best Bond ever?
It's been four years since Daniel Craig last graced our local multiplexes as 007...four years since the underwhelming Quantum of Solace left us wondering whether the brilliance of Casino Royale had just been a fluke and whether Bond really was past his best.
But now, with the release of Skyfall, Bond is back and, according to the critics at least, he's bang in form. Here's a selection of what's been said around the web about the 23rd Bond movie: Skyfall.
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What the web is saying about Skyfall
Hector Salamanca at Holy Moly praises the movie's focus on Bond's back story:
"This is Bond at his best, and possibly the closest Bond to Fleming's original image since Dr No. Focusing largely on personal relationship with MI5 and M, you learn more about the man in this one film than you do in the combined hours of Moore, Dalton and Brosnan."
While Larushka Ivan-Zadeh at Metro doesn't hold back, proclaiming Skyfall as Bond's best ever:
"Skyfall may not be the wittiest, or the sexiest (Bond’s chief girl here is Judi Dench – no, he doesn’t go there), but it’s certainly the best acted, most ravishingly beautiful and all-round best Bond to date."
Much has been made of the new action heroes that have rivalled Bond in recent years, but Charles Gant at Heatworld says 007 remains relevant:
"Five decades after Dr No, the ability of Bond to keep adapting to modern audiences is a unique phenomenon in blockbuster filmmaking. Skyfall reassures us that the character is in the safest possible hands."
Daniel Krupa at IGN dismisses any fears that Skyfall's director might struggle to make a full-on action movie:
"Not only can Sam Mendes direct action, he can make it look beautiful."
And Robbie Collin at The Telegraph, says Skyfall puts the Bond franchise on par with Batman:
"For better or worse we live in the age of the superhero, and so Mendes’s film is less hardboiled spy saga than blistering comic-book escapade. The template here is Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, a film that has almost singlehandedly reconfigured the modern blockbuster since its 2008 release, when it left Quantum of Solace bobbing in its wake."
Ryan Gilbey on the New Statesman says:
"[Daniel] Craig has relaxed into Bond without losing any steeliness."
While Alistair Harkness at Scotsman.com adds:
"What’s clever and satisfying about Skyfall is that it uses its heritage to reinforce why Bond still matters on the big screen, which, after this, he assuredly does."
But amid all the plaudits, there is the odd dissenting voice. Xan Brooks at The Guardian bemoans the flabbiness of the film's final third:
"By this point, the makers of Skyfall have taken the bold decision to open Bond up – to probe at the character's back-story and raise a toast to his relationship with M. Yet this touchy-feely indulgence proves to be a mistake, in that it paves the path to soft-headedness, nostalgia and (worst of all) jokey banter with Bond's bearded old retainer."