I realise that many cherished colleagues may be busy watching cricket or may not be interested in James Bond movies, but I have just returned from watching “Skyfall” and can definitely recommend it for good entertainment. We weren’t terribly impressed by “Quantum of Solace”, but the good reviews of this one persuaded us to give it a go – senior citizens’ afternoon price.
I think the theme music was meant to be something special, but it made little impact on us. The opening sequences on the other hand were OTT and very well done. Two scenes were somewhat derivative: one from the book “You only live twice” and the other from the film “The Deerhunter”, but then the action started. Not just the action but the interaction between M and 007, which was excellent. There was a very good balance between escapism and credibility throughout. A Common’s select committee with a Cherie Blair look-alike as chairman, lecturing M, gave Judi Dench the opportunity for some very good dialogue, not forgetting the other committee member who suggested the chairman ought to let M get a word in edgeways “just for variety”.
The finale takes place in the country of my birth, and Bond’s, with grey skies, low cloud and bleak moorland. Not a CIA agent – sorry, “operative” – in sight. Yanks – who needs ’em?