Skyfall - the new James Bond movie

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So it looks like Skyfall is set to become the highest grossing Bond movie ever. We saw it last night, and frankly, I failed to see what all the fuss is about, it just didn't feel like a Bond movie, the glossy sheen is gone, the wittiness is all but absent, apart from one zinger which had the audience in the cinema cracking up, and although some of the locations are stunning, like the abandoned Hashima island off the coast of Japan and the battle in Shanghai, the whole thing felt somehow disjointed.

Probably the one aspect of the film that is absolutely faultless is the acting, Judi Dench lends gravitas to the previously camped up role of M, and Javier Bardem is ball blowingly captivating as the villain. Whether Daniel Craig is, as some are suggesting, the best Bond ever, is debatable.

I really wanted to like it, but I guess having been brought up with the old, chauvinistic, wisecracking Vodka Martini swilling 007, this just didn't do it for me. By the time they arrived at the final location for the requisite explosions and gun battle i'd completely lost interest.

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Then go and see Star Wars again, that might cheer you up.

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He may not be the best bond ever, certainly is the hottest one. And I'm not even a 007 fan, I simply loathe that character. I would still watch it just for kicks!

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We hope to see Skyfall next week or so, Chocky...hope we like it more than you do it.

On this murky Sunday afternoon we enjoyed watching..erm Snow White and the magnificent Julia Roberts!! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJvcd4FIWMo

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Saw it on Friday night. Only 4 seats left in the house when we got our tickets on line an hour before the movie. I saw the German version so I thought I might be missing some of the wit in translation. My wife, who is not an action movie fan went along and said about half way through the movie that it was "cool". I was impressed at its difference from the other Bond movies and the stylishness of the filming. The villian is probably the best one yet. The fight scenes are probably the best ever in a Bond movie (although I've seen them all except for the other Craig ones.)

But

It still sucked somehow. The second half was just not that great. The opening sequence really pulled me in and kept me waiting for more, but the ending was unsatisfying for some reason.

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The normally brilliant Adele is also awful singing the theme, something about apple crumble?.

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Yeah, truly awful. Better to bring along your Ipod and listen to Carly Simon sing The Spy who Loved Me while the opening credits are playing.

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I saw it and liked it, but I generally hate action movies and have seen only a few other Bond movies -- so I won't try and compare with those. Unlike most other action flicks I have seen, however, I actually liked the plot of this one, which for the most part I could not predict. And I agree, the acting/cast is good. The opening sequence music with credits may have been the awesomest part though.

But as I posted in another thread... 50 minutes of opening advertisements and previews was too much to handle. When I say they tried to sell us every kind of product you could imagine, I'm only slightly exaggerating.

EDIT: Really? you guys hated the opening music? Hmmm... maybe it was just me then! :)

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Mmm, Bardem was great, absolutely brilliant acting that totally saved the movie. Dench is good, and Craig is OK. The scenery was stunning.

Unfortunately, like Prometheus, I felt the plot was made of Swiss cheese. First of all, I sort of wanted the Bardem character to win this time. Which, I guess, he sort of did. Hmm, maybe the plot was better than I thought...

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Yeah, truly awful. Better to bring along your Ipod and listen to Carly Simon sing The Spy who Loved Me while the opening credits are playing.

Or, better still, the Bond '77 track :)

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Saw it on opening day in Germany in English. Didn't really care much for Adele's warbling, but the film was the best Bond I've seen, and I'm a big fan, and I'm old enough to have seen Sean Connery play the role in the cinema. Want to go and see it again... soon.

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AmandaUCSC, I hear you! I saw it yesterday at the Sony Center, the session start was 20.45 and the film started at 21:45 - 60 minutes of ads! We just kept getting angrier and angrier, but then the longer we waited, the less sense it made to walk out. My friend was so angry about it that he complained to the management, who apologized and said they couldn't change it because of some arrangement with Sony, but offered him a voucher. He'd use it, but then he would have to sit through another hour of ads.

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we loved it.

Silva was such a brill baddie :D

loved the nostalgic moments in the film, the motors, the new Q, M, the porcelain nodding bulldog!

all good, really good.

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The best character in the movie, by far, was the Komodo dragon.

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I hated it !. As a stand alone film it was not a bad movie, if I had never watched a Bond film before, maybe I would have liked it.

But, I have watched Bond films, I grew up watching Bond films, going to the cinema since, I was a kid, watching reruns at Christmas. Bond films were about the Cars, gadgets, exotic locations, even more exotic women.

Sky fall has turned Bond into a killer, where as he should only be a lady killer.

I guess after the spy that shagged me, they were to self aware that they were becoming a joke , the fact the we all have iphones, what gadgets will surpass them ?, most people drive nice cars, exotic locations are not so exotic anymore the age of Ryanair flights, and since all of the porn, exotic women and the sexuality of Bond films has been diminished.

Seeing this film is like an adult reminder that you are too old for Santa Clause.

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Sky fall has turned Bond into a killer, where as he should only be a lady killer.

You do know that "00" means a licence to kill, right? That's the whole point of Bond, that he kills for Her Majesty's government.

I thought Skyfall was brilliant. Roger Deakins' cinematography was amazing and the acting was all top notch. Craig and Connery are having a fight in my head right now for favorite Bond. Not sure who will win.

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Totally right, Rick. Bond is a thug... a very effective British governmental killing machine, like a modern day Lord High Executioner, and not some dandy fop with an overblown iPhone - a la Roger Moore. The bad guys have become more plausible and Bond's bowtie sometimes gets shifted out of whack... as it should be. I loved the little jokes that Johnny Foreigner will struggle to see in the film, or the historical references. But the best was the Bond girl. I laughed out loud when she and he were in the DB5 and he hovers his finger over the red button :lol:

Re: adverts. I don't think we sat through more than 20 minutes before the film started.

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I hated it !.

I think you're the first person i've heard say they actually hated it, the most damning opinion of it i've come across so far is that it doesn't feel like a Bond movie, which is pretty much how I felt.

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Thats the thing about Sky Fall, it referenced in a too self conscious manner previous Bond films, and was more interested in re-establishing the franchise, with a new Q, a new M and Ms Moneypenney, some people my choose to see the references as a homage to previous Bond films. I see them as pissing on my childhood. I too liked all the things mentioned above, and was happy when there was a new M and Ms Moneypenney,the chase at the beginning, but am I the only one who was left thinking ok, they got all of that out of the way, now its time to start the real Bond film.

Which is what they wanted, this film is the first pancake film, the one to throw away, which is what the producers wanted, to re-establish the franchise, did they have to piss on my childhood to do it? also all this fighting over mothers (M) attention was just creapy, a real Bond villian wants total world domination, not mothers attention

Could they not just have had the last 10 minutes of Sky fall to start the film, then have a real Bond film, and have him sleep with at least on international exotic girl?

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When someone serves him a Martini and he says they've done it well, my only thought was 'That man there does not drink Martini'. Roger Moore was the cinema Bond I grew up with too, and this was not like that. I can see what Chocky's getting at, but I liked this film even though I'm not big on action films. For me to love it there would have had to have been more humour and fun, but this film was meant to be dark. I liked the song at the start and the dreamy sequence, but I have to say it was not until the car came out and the proper music began that my toe started tapping, and that bit was very short.

When they started boarding up the windows, my son and I turned to each other and simultaneously mouthed 'A team!'

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@royp,

I guess it all comes down to our individual perspectives. What you see as the film pissing on your childhood, I see as the film acknowledging my childhood. For you the same scenes were all negative, whilst I saw them as positive, yet we both want a return to the films of yore.

@anne K, year, I also though of the A-team in the end. That idea wasn't the films highlight moment, though the fight at the end was pretty cool.

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Sin mentioned references - for anyone wondering about the second painting, here it is.

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Craig and Connery are having a fight in my head right now for favorite Bond. Not sure who will win.

Connery has chest hair like a real man :).

When they started boarding up the windows, my son and I turned to each other and simultaneously mouthed 'A team!'

In the A-Team nobody dies :)

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