Skyfall – no spoilers

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?

 

 

22 thoughts on “Skyfall – no spoilers”

  1. Sounds fun. We don’t hear much about Obama’s undercover service. Lucky we’ve still got James.

  2. I took A Zangada to see the premiere of the original Star Wars back in the 80s and have only been to the flicks once since which was when the NSW dragged me kicking and snarling to see The King’s Speech last year and jolly good it was too in hindsight. Snowy’s owners went to see Skyfall the other day and I may be persuaded yet again.

    OZ

  3. Thank you for this review, Sheona.

    I must admit that I grew out of Bond films some time ago, but I may just be interested in seeing this one.

  4. O Zangado :

    I took A Zangada to see the premiere of the original Star Wars back in the 80s and have only been to the flicks once since which was when the NSW dragged me kicking and snarling to see The King’s Speech last year and jolly good it was too in hindsight. Snowy’s owners went to see Skyfall the other day and I may be persuaded yet again.

    OZ

    The original Star Wars was released in the seventies. When we saw it, Mrs FEEG was heavily pregnant with the first born, who was born in 1977! 🙂

    Sheona. I will look forward to going to the film. I agree with you about the theme song. It seems like an audio montage of many of the previous ones.

  5. This evening I went to see ‘Searching For Sugarman’. I suspect only Soutie will recognise the significance of this movie. Rodriguez was a peculiarly South African (and Rhodesian) phenomenon, though I know he had some exposure in Australia, and the 1971 album Cold Fact played significant part in the musical enlightenment of a whole generation. Rodriguez was bigger than Elvis, The Beatles and The Stones. But only in South Africa where he sold an incredible 500,000 albums. This in a country where his music was banned from the airwaves. In his home country of the US, he was unknown. There he sold ‘6 records’. His music is sublime and he is an incredible individual.

    If you get the chance, watch it.

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/searching_for_sugar_man/

  6. We go quite often, generally over the border to a big IMAX south of Vancouver with a semi-circular screen, a gang of us meet there and then go for a chink afterwards
    This was already on the game plan, all the reviews have been excellent.. So good to hear that you enjoyed it.

  7. I remember Rodriguez very well, bought both his albums (down here the other was called After the fact)

  8. Sorry Sheona, but I vehemently disagree.

    The plot was luke warm at best.
    The villain was an almost exact copy of Pascal Sauvage the camp greedy frenchie out of Johnny English.
    There were no gadgets save a palm ID gun which was a feature of Judge Dredds lawgiver from wayyyyyy back. The cars were rubbish except for the all too brief re-emergence of that old classic.
    Q didn’t have a note from his mummy.
    The whole movie was suckling at the breast of product placement to a sickening degree.
    They dicked around with the story line. Cubby R will be spinning in his grave. What’s next, Jane Bond FFS?
    It was a big film with an obscene budget, but a Bond film it simply was not.

    I am clueless why I seem to be the only person who didn’t like Skyfall. Perhaos I missed something, like the entire plot?

  9. Sorry you can’t cope with the Bond genre moving on and developing, Ferret. I’ve never watched Johnny English, having been put off by poor reviews and silly trailers, but I take your word about Pascal Sauvage. We should never hire foreigners – that was the moral of the story – they’re unreliable. Why should Q need a note from his mummy? People of his age are fighting and dying for us in our armed forces. Do they all have notes from mummy? The only product placements I noticed were the VAIO laptop and a bottle of Dimple Haig. As for the story line, which published Bond book did it come from? If Cubby has any complaints, he can haunt his daughter.

    Perhaps what you missed were the dolly birds – something no one could accuse Judi Dench of being.

  10. Moving on? Developing?

    Miss Moneypenny was in Casino Royale, the 1st Bond Story even before Dr No. How does some monkey get to invent her in 2012?

    Fleming always described Q as a wise old techie tinkerer who had a distintive air of authority over Bond. How the heck does that equate to the ankle biting pillock who was not 5 minutes out of his rompers. Q branch are supposed to come up with the gadgets, it is quintessential Bond. Age old palm reader technology and a radio locator just doesn’t wash I am afraid.

    A villain with an evil plan to take over the world or advance their cause by murdering entire countries now theres your Bond baddie. This particular one was one level of mild inconvenience up from that bloke who keeps putting the bettaware catalogue through your door.

    The entire film was a cross between Johnny English and Home Alone after every piece of humour has been cast to the cutting room floor. It sucked.

  11. Guys, it is so hard to describe how dumb the “plot” was without giving the game away.

    For example, there is a scene where JB finds himself in a pit that just happens to be the home of a Komodo Dragon. It takes an absolute age for the big lizard to do anything of interest. Bearing in mind that they can move at 12 mph to catch a meal this one must have porked out on Kimodo Kibbles just before entry stage left.

  12. Glad you’re amused, Boadicea. I hope others who see it will appreciate the topical timeliness of the plot.

  13. On a totally different subject, Ferret, have you ever thought of telling us which Craft Fairs you’ll be exhibiting at, as Christmas draws near?

  14. Ah Sheona, unfortunately due to personal circumstances beyond my control, TurnWrite has ceased trading for the foreseeable future. 😦

  15. Hmm Ferret, I will say I enjoyed the film. True nothing akin to the original plots but worth watching. Only sad part they blew up the old Aston, that is sacrilege.

    Pity about the pens, I wanted one really.

  16. ricksrant :

    Hmm Ferret, I will say I enjoyed the film. True nothing akin to the original plots but worth watching. Only sad part they blew up the old Aston, that is sacrilege.

    I think I read they faked it! 🙂

  17. ricksrant :

    Hmm Ferret, I will say I enjoyed the film. True nothing akin to the original plots but worth watching. Only sad part they blew up the old Aston, that is sacrilege.

    Pity about the pens, I wanted one really.

    They had the audacity to suggest that JB would ever be unable to shoot the left dangler off a gnat at 50 paces.

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