Director: Sam Mendes
Skyfall cements my love for Daniel Craig's take on Bond, not to mention that this exceeds its immediate predicessor. This also marks the perfect movie that commemorates the 50 years of Bond, as it pays homage to the previous works. While the movie falls short of logic, it gives a scene-stealing villain, great visual sequences, and an agent who was more of a man rather than an agent. As this commemorates the 50 years, this also gives the closure of one of Bond's beloved characters, and the exit of Judi Dench.
Presumed to be dead, Bond comes back to life when MI6 was reported to be under attack. The main target of these attacks seem to be M, whom people want to resign because she is endangering the lives of other agents. It turns out that the terrorists had gotten hold of a list of secret agents, revealing their identities one by one, succumbing them to their deaths. M assigns Bond to find out the cause of these attacks, revealing the villain to be Silva, an ex-agent that wanted revenge against M. Seeing all the tricks Silva can pull off, Bond tries to protect M at all costs.
The movie also seem to touch more on the dramatic, "humanistic" side, as opposed to all action all the time. Here we get to discover more about the man that makes James Bond, and we see how M, in all the atrosity in the world, is very important to him. She's just not his boss, but there is a bond that connects them, a bond that makes her important enough in his life to just rise out from retirement and into her side once more. He was the first one to conceive a plan, and it was at his personal cost to protect M.
Now I'm not the one to pay attention to Bond villains, but Javier Bardem immediately stole the scene the moment he walked in. He was bold, he was crazy, he was great. He did make one rookie mistake though, considering that he used to be an agent at the same company. I think that was the only factor about him that basically ticked me off. It was such a rookie mistake! Assuming that MI6 has been running the same way as it was years ago, Silva should have picked up on that simple trick. ANYWAY. Ben Whishaw was pretty good as Q. Ralph Fiennes has a limited part as well, but he's the new M, so I think we'd be seeing more of Q and M in the newer movies.