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In Skyfall, 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. -- (C) Official S... read more read more...ite

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PG-13, 2 hr. 25 min.

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Release Date: November 9, 2012

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DVD Release Date: March 11, 2013

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  • April 12, 2014
    Mendes comes in, sees what's been wrong with the franchise and boy, is he mad. He decides to reboot, screw this crap, reboot the bastard in mid-stream. Taking elements of the new and fusing them with the classic stuff he grabs the electric paddles and jumpstarts the old series, t... read morehe old spy (shaken but not stirred), jumpstarts the tuxedo to life.
    And he's alive ... he's aliiiive.
    Jardem plays the Bond villain as openly gay (How many Bond villains are gay? "What makes you think that you're my first," says Bond) and with a malevolent joy not seen in awhile ("I KNOW I'm bad, what of it?!"), invigorating the proceedings. And the story sets in place not only Craig as the new Bond (finally, as the two films previously failed to do) but also leaves you waiting for the next entry, leaves you waiting even for a remake (Thunderball?).
    About bloody time.
    And now Cubby can rest.
  • February 14, 2014
    Silva: She sent you after me, knowing you're not ready, knowing you would likely die. Mommy was very bad.

    Finally got around to watching Skyfall and as someone who isn't completely in the know about everything James Bond, I thought it was amazing. It's a big movie, like the prev... read moreious Daniel Craig Bond films. The settings are fantastic, the cinematography beautiful, and the action scenes are about as good as you can get. Sam Mendes definitely nailed Skyfall. It helps that you've got Daniel Craig vs. Javier Bardem. 

    Daniel Craig is a great Bond, but what this movie, as it does in all good action films, is the villain Silva played brilliantly by Javier Bardem. Everyone knew before this performance that the man can play a villain and pull it off with Oscar worthy work. So it's no big surprise when you see Javier Bardem completely take control of the movie within the first minute of his screen time. The guy is phenomenal.

    I'm not the biggest fan of the Bond franchise. I've seen some of the older ones, mostly with Connery as Bond. I haven't really gotten the urge to go and watch all the Bond films. Maybe in time I guess. Undoubtedly though, Casino Royale made me realize that this franchise wasn't as dull as I thought, and now Skyfall has confirmed it. It will be interesting to see where the franchise goes.
  • February 12, 2014
    Skyfall delivers everything a Bond movie should: amazing stunts, excitingly lavish action scenes, gorgeous women, martinis, and an awesome opening theme intro/song. It even gives Bond an origin story. If you're a fan of the franchise, you can't miss it!
  • December 25, 2013
    Average Bond vehicle.
  • August 17, 2013
    As Christopher Nolan has been to Batman is Sam Mendes to Bond: this first of his three-film arc takes Bond back to his point of origin but still makes sure to include a pulse-pounding chase and the standard array of neato technology. Where it differs from the canon - for the bett... read moreer, you realize when you remember Roger Moore - is that a level of psychological complexity has been added to both Bond and the villain, reclaiming the character from the action movie territory it's long been lumped into and making it more of what it was intended to be: a spy thriller. An auspicious beginning, I'm looking forward to the next one.
  • May 17, 2013
    Golden Eye used to be my favorite.. but now Skyfall is. It has everything: Action, giant lizards, hot chicks, explosions, a sexy Bond, gadgets, nods to the Bond films past, an awesome song (good job, Adele) and it's just the best. Thank God.. It was just what I had been missing.
  • April 25, 2013
    Not at all what I expected, although with Sam Mendes at the helm it does make sense. It's the re-invention of re-inventions, God knows Bond has been through a few in recent years. I think this time though they got it right and it was a long time coming. Casino Royal was a misfire... read mored attempt at an idea that Quentin Tarantino touted and quite frankly, they should have let him have a go. Instead they played it safe and it was boring. Same goes for Quantum of Solace which was even more boring, I can't even remember what happened it was that forgettable. Skyfall has re-invented the idea of Bond, what is his point in this day and age you ask, well Skyfall tells you, it makes him relevant again. It also touches on him as a character as well, I'm not sure he really needed a back story, although Flemming does touch on it in his books. He's quite a dark character when you look at his history, they wisely avoid this though in Skyfall. Bond has shown his venerability before but never so much so as he does here, frankly I didn't like it but they just about get away with the cliche of the washout returns to form. The real re-invention here though is actually (and quite unashamedly) a return to what Bond always was. (Doh!). I've heard people say that it was the only thing they could do to avoid spending a massive budget, indeed this did feel like credit-crunch Bond but again I'm not sure past Bond budgets have been justifiable. *Spoilers* Basically, Bond isn't redundant in the modern technologically dependent world because computers etc can be manipulated, you need a man on the ground, you need the man in the shadows, the ruthless killer and ladies man of the Flemming novels. Q is back, toned down a bit but still he's back, as is Miss Money Penny (brilliantly reintroduced). Then we have M. No more being bossed around by a Women eh! Not very PC but in their defence Money Penny is now Black! *Sarcastic wink*. Also, and this really did surprise me (although it was probably common knowledge by now) M is a man again! Break out the cigars and Brandy, he's even got a leather door! Bond, very much back then. A brave move, even though it felt like they had to do it to save the franchise, either way, good move. Maybe now we can start to forget all about that invisible car...
  • March 14, 2013
    How can a James Bond get any less then a 5. Movie scenes spectacular. I did miss all the fancy gadgets and a shame to see the Astro Martin shot up and blown up, can't bring that one back. Don't miss this one. 5 stars 3-11-13
  • March 11, 2013
    Good movie with much more drama than usual, but not as action packed.
  • March 9, 2013
    Pretty mediocre, I must say. I was looking forward to this, but more for action than for psychology. Why do they feel that we have to go touchy feely deep on Bond's character? I do appreciate that they are trying to recapture some of the tongue-in-cheek humor though.

    Too m

    ... read moreuch M, and Q is obnoxious, but Moneypenny I'm looking forward to seeing more of. And Fiennes.

Critic Reviews

Tom Charity
January 4, 2013
Tom Charity,

It's been a long time since I enjoyed a Bond movie so much. Full Review

Glenn Kenny
November 13, 2012
Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

'Quantum of Solace,' was a dour, dire letdown. This picture's a substantial bounce back, and easily the best Craig Bond picture. Emotional depth and all. Full Review

Richard Corliss
November 9, 2012
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

The cool accomplishment of Skyfall, 23rd in the Broccoli franchise, is that it seems a necessary, rather than mandatory, addition to the year's popular culture. Full Review

Christopher Orr
November 9, 2012
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

Among the most ambitious imaginings of Bond to date: dark, supple, and punctuated with moments of unanticipated visual brilliance. Full Review

Rene Rodriguez
November 9, 2012
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Mendes' approach to action is classical and elegant - no manic editing and blurry unintelligible images here - but what makes the movie special is the attention he pays his actors. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
November 8, 2012
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"Skyfall" is a different kind of Bond movie, one that works just fine on its own terms, but a steady diet of this might kill the franchise. One "Skyfall" is enough. Full Review

Tom Long
November 8, 2012
Tom Long, Detroit News

Great heroes are often enhanced by the villains they face, and such is the situation here. To really work, Bond needs great bad guys. Silva is bad at its best. Full Review

Dana Stevens
November 8, 2012
Dana Stevens, Slate

Skyfall leaves you wondering whether this incarnation of the character has anywhere left to go. It's the portrait of a spy at the end of his rope by an actor who seems close to his. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
November 8, 2012
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

The movie's smartest suit is emotional intelligence: Skyfall keeps us caring, intensely, for a hero who, by any rational measure, is a vestige of a vanished era. Full Review

David Edelstein
November 8, 2012
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

This is the movie in which the newest Bond finally eases into the part of the bon vivant for-Queen-and-Country horndog who likes his martinis shaken and not stirred. Full Review

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    • James Bond: A gun and a radio...not exactly Christmas, is it?
    • Q: What did you expect, an exploding pen? We don't really go for that anymore.
    • James Bond: I want to meet your employer.
    • Severine: Be careful what you wish for.
    • Silva: Do you know what it does to you? Hydrogen cyanide?
    • Silva: Life clung to me like a disease.
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    • James Bond: What makes you think this is my first time?

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