What’s it about?
James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested when a blast from her past bites her on the ass. Then, when MI6 is attacked by a cyber terrorist, things get all meta and Bond’s old-school secret service hand-to-hand combat is pitted against a high-tech, gadget-savvy villain (Javier Bardem).
What did we think?
Ben says: Bond and his frost-faced boss, M, are facing their most formidable threat, and no, it’s not Bardem’s unambiguously camp supervillain. No, it’s the risk of obsolescence – onscreen as well as off. Yet, with the pall of death bookending the 23rd film in the franchise – from the haunting Adele-crooned title sequence and opening plot gambit, to the most un-Bondlike maudlin final reel – there’s life yet in the spy and his series, both proving craggily endurable. By Skyfall’s climax, Craig’s 007 seems more dutiful son than lethal gallivanter this time, but plentiful winks to trademark tropes (my word, is that an exploding pen in your pocket?) will reassure viewers the Bond mix is only being stirred, not shaken.