More Films to See Before You Die: #94 Skyfall

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Skyfall (2012)

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem

Synopsis: When one MI6 hard disc with the identities of NATO’s agents is stolen, James Bond (Daniel Craig) chases the agent through Istanbul with the support of the local field agent Eve (Naomie Harris). M (Judi Dench) orders Eve to shoot the agent on the top of a train, but she misses the target and hits 007 that falls in a river and is presumed dead. When M’s computer is hacked, the MI6 building is blown-up and the agency moves to an ancient bunker that belonged to Churchill. Then, five MI6 agents have their identities exposed and three of them are executed and M has her authority and procedure questioned by her superior Gareth Mallory. Out of the blue, 007 reappears from the shadows and hunts down the responsible for the theft of the HD. He reaches Severine and uses her to find the responsible for the actions, the former top-notch MI6 agent named Silva (Javier Bardem), who had been betrayed by M and now is seeking out revenge against the veteran leader of the MI6.

Trivia: The passport used by Daniel Craig was not created by the props department, but an authentic document as issued by the British Home Office, according to producer Michael G. Wilson. Everything from the paper, print, photograph and jacket are entirely genuine on James Bond’s ‘official passport’. However, as a security measure, the passport is encoded with information that would instantly flag its improper use in any official transaction. The actual details shown on Bond’s passport in the film are as follows: Name = John Adam Bryce; Date of Birth = 16th December 1968; Sex = Male; Place of Birth = London; Date of Issue = 22nd June 2012; and Expiry Date = 22nd August 2029.

Why Should You Watch This? I really like what they have done with this newest incarnation of Bond. The series has a very real life feel to it making it less silly than the earlier Roger Moore movies and closer to the Sean Connery ones. Daniel Craig does an excellent Job in his third run as agent 007 and Javier Bardem does very well with another villain role. More on par with Casino Royale than Quantum of Solace in terms of quality with Sam Mendes doing a great job directing. Looking forward to the next Bond film next year.

Films to See Before You Die: #86 Casino Royale

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Casino Royale (2006)

Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Madds Mikkelsen, Judi Dench

Synopsis: After receiving 00 status James Bond (Daniel Craig) heads to Madagascar to monitor and question a terrorist that is planning to blow up a new airplane being unveiled he is working for Le Chiffre (Madds Mikkelsen). After thwarting the attempt Bond is sent of mission to Casino Royale in Montenegro to participate in a high stakes poker game set up by Le Chiffre to recover the money he lost. He is accompanied by Treasury agent Vesper Lind (Eva Green) who is in charge of the money Bond will be gambling. 007 will not only discover the threatening organization behind his enemy, but the worst of all truths: to not trust anyone.

Trivia: Daniel Craig actually rejected the part of James Bond a year before as he had felt that the series had settled into a standard formula. He changed his mind when he read the finished script.

Why I think you should see this: I have really enjoyed Daniel Craig’s first two outings as bond with this being the much superior film. The action in the film is very good and while it is a little long for Bond film it never really seems to get boring like previous installments could. Martin Campbell¬† does a great job in his second outing directing a Bond film the first being Goldeneye (1995). Fans of the Bourne franchise will be satisfied by this movies spectacular fight scenes. Daniel Craig does a great job as the best Bond since Connery in my opinion.