Oh yeah- baby- this is the 007 we know and love. It’s the guns-babes-bawdy Bond . The Bond girls play a much bigger role than in the last 50 years. They’re not just arm candy this time around. Much of the story revolves around M (the wonderful Dame Judi Dench) who is the target of a cyberterrorist (the exquisitely darkly funny , immaculately retro-dressed Javier Bardem, who is just as bad-haired as he was in his Oscar winning villain role in “No Country For Old Men” . Bardem ws born to play bad). 007 just may have match his match in a fellow agent , played by Naomie Harris.
It takes a while for us to learn why the movie is titled “Skyfall”. Adele, by the way, does a great turn in her Bond song debut. And this time around, we get a very human side of this secret agent.
It’s non-stop action , right from the start with an edge-of-your seat chase, even before the credits role. This 23rd Bond film is a fresh, modern update of the 50 year old franchise. Even at close to 2-and-a-half hours, it never feels like it overstays its welcome. It’s pure Bond Bliss from start to finish.