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Nordling Says SKYFALL Is One Of The Great All-Time Bond Movies!

Nordling here.

For me, the debate was over when I saw CASINO ROYALE in 2006 – the best James Bond is Daniel Craig.  It’s not even a question for me, really – and although I love the Connery Bond movies (and I think George Lazenby’s work in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE is pretty terrific), I, like many of my generation, was introduced to the character via the Roger Moore movies.  I’ve always yearned for a Bond movie with weight, a character with real gravitas, and though I got it somewhat with Timothy Dalton and THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, it wasn’t until Craig came onto the scene that I really felt like I’d gotten the Bond I’ve always wanted to see.

I grew up on the Moore Bond films, and other than FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (which actually doesn’t hold up as well as I’d like) they all came across as very silly.  With CASINO ROYALE, we got a look under the hood to see a little bit of what makes Bond run, and SKYFALL continues that trend.  I love how these new movies don’t try to make excuses for Bond’s behavior – he’s a complicated man and there isn’t any simple motivation that explains everything.  In SKYFALL Craig shows just enough of the broken, wounded man beneath that the previous two films aren’t even a requirement to see this one.  Vesper isn’t mentioned once in SKYFALL, but there are some subtle hints that the damage Bond suffered has taken permanent residence within.

The plot is best discovered watching the movie, but the motivations this time around aren’t centered on world domination or stock market manipulation.  This time, M (Judi Dench) must face her own dark night of the soul as decisions she’s made in the past come roaring back to haunt her in the present.  Those past decisions are personified by a man named Silva (Javier Bardem), and Bond must stop his plot of vengeance, all the while knowing that for the grace of Mother England, he could well share the same fate.

There’s some new faces this time around – we get Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), brought in to oversee M and her division when scandal breaks out; Eve (Naomi Harris), a fellow agent working with Bond who must make a decision that could affect her future in the British Secret Service; and Q (Ben Whishaw), the familiar quartermaster who provides Bond with all his wonderful toys.  When Q says, “I can do more damage on my laptop in an hour than you can do in the field for a year,” you believe him, and Q and Bond have a nice give-and-take in their scenes together.  Bardem as Silva is one of the more sinister Bond villains in memory – mostly because, like Ricardo Montalban’s Khan, he’s got a legitimate beef.  Bardem plays Silva as a clearly insane man, and Craig and Bardem have quite an interesting scene together when Silva, obviously gay, makes a move on The Most Heterosexual Man In The World.  It’s one of the more memorable face-off scenes in James Bond’s history, and both actors play it with wit and charm.

In my opinion, this is the best looking Bond film ever made.  Flat out.  That’s due to the tremendous work of Roger Deakins, who gives the film a luster that really can’t be described in a review.  There are shots so beautiful and iconic that they should be framed in an art gallery.  There’s a reason he’s considered one of the greatest cinematographers alive, and SKYFALL just proves the point that action scenes work best when they are shot elegantly and without the seizure-inducing camerawork of QUANTUM OF SOLACE.  The opening sequence, as Bond chases an assassin through the streets of Istanbul, is gorgeous, thrilling, and never incoherent.

As usual, Craig plays Bond as the savage in a tuxedo that he is, but he also brings some welcome levity to his performance.  Bond gets some great lines this time around.  But the performance of the film, in my opinion, is Judi Dench’s M, and she is simply perfect as the head of British Secret Service, haunted by what she’s done for England, and how it’s destroyed so many lives over the years.  Her relationship with Bond this time out is more poignant and emotional than ever, and I think it’s fantastic that, in her own way, Dench has become the Ultimate Bond Girl.  They don’t normally nominate performances in James Bond movies, but I think Dench’s work here is astonishing and deserving of every accolade.  It’s one of the best performances by an actress this year.  No kidding.

SKYFALL is just plain fun, and Sam Mendes brings in all the old iconography of the franchise without making it seem cloying or obvious.  But he’s also not afraid to take Bond into unfamiliar territory, either.  The script, by Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan, gets to the heart of the character but also allows Bond to let loose a little bit, and while it certainly helps to have seen the other Craig Bond films, it feels like a rebirth of the character, especially in the final moments.  Mendes does something remarkable in the last half-hour of SKYFALL, where the movie almost becomes a different genre film entirely.  It’s made more intense because Bond isn’t fighting for country or for his own life, but for the last thing he truly cares about in the world, even if he’d never admit it.

I’m very curious where the franchise goes from here –depending on who helms the franchise next, it could go forward into greatness or revert back to the self-parody of the Roger Moore years.  But that’s for future discussions and films.  For now, we get not only a great James Bond film, but a great film period.  It celebrates fifty years of Bond in grand style, and at the same time feels as fresh as it did when Ian Fleming first laid pen to paper, and created a hero for the ages.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Nov. 6, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by Gunjo

    Holy Aston Martin!

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    This makes a change

    by donkey_lasher

    Seeing reviews on this website a week after I've seen the film. Did the States get this later than us Brits?

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Great All-Time?!

    by Jordan Harper

    All-Time Great.... surely?!

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Craig plays Bond as the savage in a tuxedo that he is

    by Ditko

    Well, here´s hoping that´s true, the way Craig acts so brutal is what I like about his Bond. I also liked QofS, so there. I´m worried about the gimmicks coming back, tho.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Bourne, James Bourne

    by Robert Hand

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Bond is a savage in a tuxedo?

    by peter skellen

    Er, ok. It's so charming that anyone thinks this reboot has anything to do with Ian Fleming. I love it. Jason Bourne films starring Daniel Craig.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Damn right Nordling! Roger Deakins deserves an oscar!

    by El_Mariachi

    Visually, Skyfall mixes Blade Runner and The Hound of the Baskervilles!! Amazing film

  • You know what I'm talking about. It starts with going to Shanghai and and continues until the climax of act 3. You know I'm right. However, acts 1 & 4 are inspired-by-Fleming, pretty good Bondage. Especially in tone (and I've read every book so take my word for it). However, I do take aim at all the plot holes in Act 4, and there are more than a few, which are at times technical but at others, outright laughable. A flawed piece of work but I still liked it and think it's better than QUANTUM OF SOLACE. But it doesn't even come CLOSE to CASINO ROYALE. And that is a fact.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Bond vs. Bourne

    by JonJonB9

    I sometimes wonder if people who make this lazy comparison have even watched both fully, or just judge on trailers/clips they've seen. They're just not similar. At all. As for this film, it's good, maybe even very good but I wouldn't stretch to "great". CR is still top dog without question. That said, Bardem brings us the best Bond villain of all time, it's just indisputable, he steals the show with ease.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Nordling has it right. A great movie

    by chinofjim

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    ripping off Dark Knight

    by chinofjim

    yeah, Shanghai may riff on Hong Kong in Dark Knight. But it is a much better scene. Mendes and Deakin do an amazing job of staging and shooting the action sequences, something that Nolan isn't so good at, and this is a case in point.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Another late review.

    by Kytas

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Going to see this on IMAX...

    by Terry Powell

    ...unfortunately, due to some prior commitments, I won't be able to see this until next weekend, dammit!

  • ...Bond never looked sooo good!

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Late Review? GTFO

    by Craig

    Comes out here in the states on Friday. Sorry, folks but AICN is still a US based site.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Connery wipes the floor with Craig

    by ThaWhiteShadow

    I don't care if Craig's grittier, more violent version of Bond is closer to the novels. This is James Bond, not Jason Bourne we are talking about, he should be more than just a ruthless killer. Connery, on the other hand, just oozed charisma and badassness at the same time. Not to say Craig isn't a good actor, or that I didn't really like Casino Royale, but come on, let's do away with the hyperbole. I would even put Brosnan ahead of Craig.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    It's more Bardem's role that rips off TDK than just Shanghai...

    by Prague23

    But I TOTALLY loved everything about SKYFALL's Shanghai scenes except how slow and mostly uneventful they were (until meeting Bardem's character). But he's basically just The Joker in every scene.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Comparing SKYFALL to THE DARK KNIGHT...

    by Nordling

    I can see the similarities, but I'd compare SKYFALL to THE WRATH OF KHAN before THE DARK KNIGHT.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Moore is my boy...

    by Dan

    I dig Bond in his fantasy mode...but Craig rocks it the max too... A true Bond fan has no problems with any of the actors. Lazenby is terribly underrated. Wish he would come back as a bad or even M.... he could play it up that he knows what Bond is going through, but never reveal that he was once in fact 007 during the height of the cold war....

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    SO is Bond a homo now?

    by Dan

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Stop comparing Bored to BOnd.

    by Dan

    Bond is legendary and memorable- Jason Bored is forgettable junky shit with seizure-inducing camerawork....

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by chinofjim

    there is a bit of the Joker in there, but there is also a 'deviant' creepiness that you didn't get with the Joker. Maybe a bit Hannibal Lecter? very minor spoilers below: I wouldn't say the Shanghai scenes are slow and uneventful. The fight scene takes takes time to build up but then it explodes in a blissful vision of silhouette, glass and neon. Mendes and Deakin do amazing work here.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah, like vertigo said, review is not late. In fact...

    by Jaka's been nice to get a couple of REAL AICN reviews of this one before I can go see it in a theater.

  • Other than some seizure editing in Quantum of Solace there's really nothing similar about the two franchises in style, tone or story. I mean, what, they both of fight scenes? If that's the case you compare both of them to every other movie in history with a fight scene.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    "The Spy Who Loved Me"..

    by lprothro

    was waaaaay better than FYIO if you ask me. Just sayin..

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Stunning film.

    by Gabba-UK

    Not only one of the greatest, if not the greatest bond movies ever but a bloody good movie. Love Connery but Craig is a better Bond. And Judi Dench OWNS this movie.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    The last 30 minutes were generic and over-long

    by BenBraddock

    SPOILER*** And, quite honestly, Bond needs to retain some mystery. The idea of revealing Bond's childhood home is, whilst intriguing, ultimately a bad idea which actually doesn't make a lot of sense.

  • It's like he's come from a Roger Moore era Bond! He was good - just didn't fit the "realistic" mood they are trying for.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    The Spy Who Love Me

    by chinofjim

    is a great film but maybe a tad formulaic. It ticks the Bond boxes but does them really well (killer pre-credit sequence with amazing stunt, tooled up lotus car, great henchman, great villains lair, great Bond girl etc). It does veer a little into the self parody mode on occasions however, in particular at the beginning and end of the The Union Jack parachute is forgivable because it is done with such chutzpah (the eerie deathly silence as Bond is in free fall, then the chute opens and then the oh so appropriate song kicks in), but the glee club 'Noboddy Does It Better' reprise at the end (with Bond keeping the British end up) just causes a stink that doesn't dissipate throughout the entirety of the next film, Moonraker.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST

    While the film looked nice and the opening was great

    by popboy

    I thought the story was utterly light weight. interesting but utterly light weight. bardem had the best line in the film.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Bond's Tux

    by Kissing_Vader

    I don't know why, but everytime I see Craig in that tux, I think of "Father of the Bride" where everyone thinks Steve Martin is wearing a blue tuxedo but "Mr Banks" thinks swears it black because "Armani doen't make a black 'tucks-a-doh'".

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    SKYFALL = Film of the Year

    by AnalFissure


  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    generic and over long last 30 minutes?

    by chinofjim

    Couldn't disagree more. That is a very clever and entertaining piece of homage being played there, with the typical roles in a Bond film finale being reversed Spoilers: So you have M as the Bond villain in her self destructing secret lair, Bond bringing the muscle as her henchman, and Silva in the traditional Bond mode, tracking down the villain to the secret lair and bringing along his expendable mini-army to bring the villain down. It also takes the Bond movie trope of Bond failing to protect Bond girls from death at the hands of the villain, and retools it in an interesting way It also serves as a thematic counter point to the films opening, in which M had to weigh up the risk to Bond's life from taking the shot versus the greater damage that would be done with the hard drive being stolen. She doesn't trust Bond to get the job done and orders the shot. At the end of the film, after a career spent making decisions that put her 'orphans' in various degrees of risky situations, she takes the decision to deliberately put her own life at rise to mitigate the damage being done to everyone else getting caught in the cross fire from Silva. And this time she does trust Bond to get the job done

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    My head is spinning...

    by Kurt Walter

    I distinctly remember when TDK came out, people didn't like (or thought odd) the Hong Kong scene because it took Batman out of Gotham and made him "like James Bond." Now a James Bond film happens to be in China (Bond has been globe-trotting for 50 f***ing years!), and people are saying it looks like TDK. WTF!

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    obviously gay?

    by ElPaw

    I thought he was straight (you know, with the sex slave and all...) and playing with Bond to see how far he can go, and Bond saw right through his little game ("How do you know it's not my first time...?")

  • .... SPOILER Harris' character turning out to be Moneypenny at the end. I liked her so much as a field agent in the film I was hoping to see her again in future films, or even a spin off. And, what, we are supposed to believe she went from Intelligence filed agent to M's secretary? I always gathered that was pretty much Moneypenny's job. Other than that though, the only hyped up film this year that didn't disappoint, it did, in fact, exceed my expectations

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    by Prague23

    This is about plot and how it drives the events in SKYFALL & THE DARK KNIGHT. I'm not going to waste a lot of potential sleep on this but here it is. All I'm saying is that enough of the plot of SKYFALL resembled TDK to thrust me out of my suspension of disbelief which I didn't appreciate in a film which did so much good in both paving the road for a few more Craig Bond stories (I don't think of them as films because of my love of the character having read all the novels & short stories). CASINO ROYALE was amazing because it was, in my humble, the 4th best Bond story Fleming told (STORY, not novel, there is a difference in my eyes), and for the first time, it was actually done really well (all changes forgivable). In fact, C.R. was better than the novel (not the first film to do so). Q.O.S. at least followed the 'bigger' storyline in C.R. which was the major theme of the Connery days. But SKYFALL tried to move beyond both, to it's credit, while, especially at the very end with the new M & Money Penny & the new office & the lack of technology which saves Bond at the climax & the very British style throughout... Was all undermined, to an extent, by what it has in common with THE DARK KNIGHT. And here it is: the Shanghi scenes at the same time in both films, Bardem's character being slightly mad (I don't want to debate the character's themselves because they aren't extremely similar) and his 'deliberate' plan to get caught. Which leads to his plan of escape and his targeting of M (Rachel) except, yes, it's personal for him and Bond is just in the way, moving on. Well, ok, then that's all I got really. But that was enough of a comparison to not appreciate this 'new' approach as much as others. For what it's worth.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    If it is that great, why not just stick with Sam Mendes?

    by Jack Desmondi

    Providing he still wants to do it, why not stick with the guy who (at least from all the reviews I've read) has made such a great Bond movie? Personally, I'm happy to see the Broccoli family moving passed their use of "Journeymen" directors (yeah, I'm talking about you Lewis Gilbert, John Glen) and grab someome with a true artistic vesion. And no, I'm not upset that didn't bite on Tarantino's offer to direct. His post Jackie Brown films have been AWFUL.

  • The Dark Knight comparison is very fair. I wanted to see if Chris Nolan got a sneaky Credit...but, i always thought Nolans films always had a 'Bond Moment. 'Feel/Tone/Look'. So it can be seen as the Bond Franchise paying a compliment to Nolan. Thats a Bad Thing, How? Especially if executed in such a way thats similar, yes, but at the same time, has its own style that makes it unique. Always had fun with the Bond Films, but SKYFALL is in my opinion The Best Bond Film ever made. Truly brilliant Film making Definate Oscar noms coming their way. Cinematography. Editing. Acting. Dench defo and i would give a nod to Bardem? and Mendes? Not one character jarred. Everyone was great. Opening sequence, one of the best Action sequences put to film. EVER. Opening Titles. Someones smoking some good shit. wow. and that last 30 mins,, hmmm never saw that coming. Brave Choice. Pulled it off. Brilliant stuff. Couldn't believe the length of the film. A whopping 2hrs 20+...It Flew by!!!

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Lazenby was a TERRIBLE Bond

    by Jack Desmondi

    OHMSS was great because of a great script, dynamic direction/editing and wonderful supporting cast-led by Diana Rigg. Lazenby had no acting experience and it showed. He was completely wooden. The only thing he showed any talent for whatsoever was the action scenes. Still kills me that idiots actually thought he made a good Bond.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Saga are Bond films starring Batman

    by BlueLando

    Same as Inception is a Bond film. Nolan basically made four great Bond films. Now that's not knocking the quality of his work - but he used the Bond template (Morgan Freeman plays Q in all but name) to great effect. So when you say 'Skyfall is TDK' you actually mean 'Skyfall is inspired by TDK, which is inspired by earlier Bond films, so essentially Bond is inspired by itself twice.' In other words, shut the fuck up and stop acting like you're 'smart' when you're actually talking rubbish.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    It's good, not spectacular (mild spoilers)

    by Brody77

    I really don't get the massive hardon for this film most reviewers seem to have, it's a good film sure, but it still doesn't feel like a Bond film - sure, the music is there, the credits are there, the Aston is there, but something is off. Mostly I felt like I was watching a big budget episode of Spooks, which isn't a bad thing. And I didn't like how the whole film was about M. It's too similar to Doctor Who now being all about the companions, that's not how it should be. Q was dreadful, unless he was supposed to be doing a bad impression of Moss from The IT Crowd? Also, the reason the gunbarrel was at the end must surely be because Craig was shite at it. It looked awful. For me, this is about the 13th best Bond film. Lastly (SPOILER) Why in the name of fuck did they have to trash the DB5? It does my nut in when franchises do the whole "destroy the iconic vehicle" bit. (but I did mark out when the henchmen were moving in & I said to the Mrs "but the DB5 has machine guns!" and then he used them!)

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    What Brody just said...

    by Desk

    It feels like a long episode of Spooks. Ultimately, the film is all about M and Silva's relationship, with Bond a supporting character in his own movie. It's more psychological soap-opera than super agent extravaganza. Bond is now portrayed as a twisted, broken, frankly unheroic character with mommy issues, who men are perhaps unlikely to want to be anymore. And the plot doesn't make a great deal of sense. You'd get away it with in a more escapist, fantasy Bond film, but it doesn't stack up when played in a gritty Bourne-esque style. I loved Casino Royale, but I'm at a loss to understand all the acclaim for this - unless it's just appealing to the uninitiated. Desk

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Brody77 - question (SPOILERS if you haven't seen Skyfall)

    by Shugmeister

    Completely agree - shame trashing that DB5. SPOILERS FOLLOW - DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SKYFALL YET Continuity troubles me with it though. He won it in Casino Royale, and as far as we know it didn't have all those gadgets on it. Even assuming that it did, how did 'M' know about them? She knew what the red button on the gearstick did.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Silva = homosexual

    by JimB12569

    I'm curious why you'd say Silva is obviously gay? Does he actually have sex with another male in the movie? Because according to Bardem, Silva's whole thing is to throw people COMPLETELY off guard by making them as uncomfortable as possible and his interaction with Bond was going for that and that Bond's reaction was not quite what Silva was expecting...

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    It was a nice looking bond film

    by popboy

    I am at complete loss to know what M did to turn a fomer agent into a pyschopath. that is the movies achilees heel. the plot of skyfall is a head scratcher. one man attacks Mi6. but why? and you leave the cinema none the wiser. in that regard.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Wrong

    ...and most of the action pedestrian. Casino and Quantum both owned this in terms of action. If you don't think so, then you just can't handle modern cinema. Simple. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine film. But enough with the hatred of "shakey cam". You're just making yourselves look like squares. With regards to the rest of the movie. Fun, but a little too Cheesy at points. A step backward.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Shaky cam CANNOT get enough hate.

    by KnowItAllFromCali

    It is an abomination.

  • The Roger Moore Bonds were what I grew up on as well, but looking back, they are mostly pretty bad. I saw all of them from Octopussy in in the theater, and I enjoyed Goldeneye quite a bit (The game was awesome too), but when Craig stepped in, and the theme was tweaked to be more dark and realistic, it was the first time I really LOVED a Bond film.

  • A great, great movie wrapped around the most pathetically inaccurate and laughable representation of poker in cinema history. It was just so hard to focus on anything else during those scenes.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Street level Bond

    by omega_786

    that's a Smith & Wesson and you've had your six

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    The Spy Who Loved Me...still = One of the better Bond films.

    by grendel69

    FYEO is ok, but those 2 are really the only decent Moore Bond films. Looking foward to seeing Skyfall this weekend.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    And yes shakycam is a abomination that must be stopped.

    by grendel69

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    The Bond and Bourne comparison doesn't add up for me.

    by notcher

    They feel different, they look different, I don't see the comparison at all. Sorry.

  • to be honest I don't understand the love the older ones get, epic stunt openings aside those movies are mostly pretty dull, I actually don't find Connery anywhere near as interesting in the role as either bronson or craig. But I'm in a small minority on this opinion.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Octopussy = Maude Adams, the original MILF

    by Bastardsonofathousandmovies

    Octopussy was my favorite Bond movie when I was a kid. They could never get away with a title like that today! Moore was popular as hell...say what you will, but there's a reason the guy did 7 Bond films. I personally hate comparing Bonds...they're all great for different reasons. I would have puked if every guy was just a carbon copy of the previous actor...or if they would have all been "gritty and brooding" or whatever the hell that's supposed to mean. Craig is NOT my favorite Bond by far...he just happens to be the guy for this day and age. 50 years from now people could be talking about Craig as a shitty Bond, and that Moore is the best. Ya never know, but I just wanted to back my man, Sir Roger.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    how many of you are sick of people dumping on Moore's Bond?

    by HerbSewell

    For me Roger Moore's bond was the best, the most fun, silly was fun, not taking yourself too seriously for god's sake. Most colorful villains, sets, gadgets, etc... Brosnan's was the second best. Craig 3rd. Connery gets all the love just because he was first, not because those movies were the best.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Moore et al.

    by Gislef_crow

    I'm fond of Live and Let Die and Golden Gun. The former because it's more of a crime drama, some good stunts, and early Moore. GG, Christopher Lee is still one of the great Bond villains. The plot is all over the place, but Lee nails it every time. As for Connery, the early stuff is solid. Goldfinger is one of the best, but after that you had the overlong Thunderball, and then the dreary Diamonds... and You Only Live Twice.

  • until Daniel Craig was cast. Moore and Brosnan never felt dangerous, they felt cartoony. Dalton felt dangerous, but was too serious and boring.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    CRAP i wanted to see it ;(

    by pauduro

    But if nordling claims that is a good movie then its going to be crap

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Bond is defined by the books

    by Dan Anthony

    To say things like "I don't care how close he is to the books" is kinda stupid. Yes, it's true that the films are more culturally generalized, but the books are the source. You can't ignore the creator's vision. You can adapt, you can evolve, but we would have no Bond - none - without the source.

  • ...They fell in love with the film Bond, and a Bond closer to the one created in the source material is not necessarily the Bond they want to see.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Did Q's coffee mug actually say 'SPECTRE' on the bottom?

    by PoweredUpPackman

    That's what I wanna know, dammit.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST


    by chinofjim

    but this movie isn't done in a gritty Bourn-eqsue style. Mended and Deakin bring a totally different way of staging and shooting the action scene. There is stunning camera work and use of lighting (the fight in shanghai in particular is gobsmackingly beautiful and striking). There is no shaky cam hyper editing in this movie

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by chinofjim

    what did she do to her former agent? **SPOILERS She traded him into the Chinese at the time of the Hong Kong handover . He took a cyanide pill but survived. Unfortunately the cyanide made his life a kind of living death. It ate his insides, leaving him literally 'dead inside'. You can see, when he removed his teeth, he looks like a zombie

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST

    dumping on Moore

    by chinofjim

    I'll say this for Moore - he bought an attractive and likeable screen presence (which Dalton and Lazenby failed to do) and his own take on the character (epic fail by Lazenby). it's just that his films and his interpretation slipped too often the wrong side of silliness

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Seriously, I can't understand the love this film is getting.

    by Mr Kite

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Seriously, I can't understand the love this film is getting.

    by Mr Kite

    It was a massive let down after all the hype. I really enjoyed Casino Royale and I thought Craig was brilliant as Bond. Quantum of Solace had the potential to be good but most of it ended up on the cutting room floor. The writers strike didn't help either. Skyfall however has no excuse. Its badly written and dull and destroys much of the good work done in CR. To sum up, I would rather watch QoS again and I fuckin hate shaky cam!

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 3:28 a.m. CST

    PS (minor spoiler)

    by Mr Kite

    If you've seen Home Alone or almost any episode of the A Team then you've already seen the last 30 minutes of Scriptfail

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Of course Bond is gay

    by Dromosus

    He went to Eton.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    I also grew up on Moore Bond movies.

    by DexterMorgan

    I think the only really bad one is TMWTGG. I know that AVTAK gets a bad rap but it has a lot going for it; Walken as Zorin is one of the best baddies ever and a true psychopath, the last 30 minutes are totally insane, the stunts and action sequences are frankly excellent (my man John Glen doesn't get enough respect but the guy was from editing and second unit so his action kicks ass), and the story and bad-guy plot are at least interesting. Yeah Moore was way too old to be running around fighting and fucking, but the guy has charisma and charm and that goes a long way. Could have done without the Beach Boys track in the pre-credits sequence. Oh and FYEO is in the top 3 Bonds for me. Just a great thriller that happens to have Bond in it and a refreshingly low-key effort after TSWLM and MR. Carole Bouquet is stunning in that movie, one of the all-time top babes ever IMHO.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST

    As for Moore

    by Dromosus

    He was always the best thing about his films, whether they were his better or his worse. Even when he was at his silliest, he always took the role seriously. Compare that to Connery phoning it in in his last two Eon productions. There will always be a need to pull gently into the direction that Moore took things when it all gets a bit too earnest and doom laden. Hence why we had a few light touches in Skyfall before the pared down and beautifully shot denouement.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Anyone else excited about

    by gerry derboven

    the Star wars franchise taking a leaf out of the Bond stratagem? If we get a new SW every 2-3 years with the possibility of having the directorial and writing talent like they had with SKYFALL then I'm all in. Skyfall is a fantastic stand alone Bond movie: not exactly a reboot , pre or sequel, but a solo piece, very much worthy of your attention. While it follows the template neatly with the (fantastic) Prologue, the McGuffin Threat , some gadgets and a spectacular denouement it is also a very different Bond movie. Gone are the "comedy stylings" of Moore or the ridiculous Bondgirls like Christmas Jones. here you have a rock hard spy thriller, full of action, tense dialogues and grandstanding badguys. Like all Bond movies it doesn't stand up very well to nitpicking through the logic of it all but by Jove, just get into the right mood ( a movie geeks mood) ans you will be rewarded with one , if not THE best looking actioners of the last couple of years. Deakins should be rewarded for this. Where we looked at the Bond movies from the Moore and Brosnan eras as the simpleton nephews of action cinema, then this is , like Casino Royale and License to Kill, the BIG DADDY of said genre. I loved it. A bloody lot. Amen.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 4:59 a.m. CST

    thanks sithmenace

    by Rebel Scumb

    Hadn't looked at it that way.

  • * The good: Acting is superb, the best on any Bond films - Javier Barden is pitch perfect and saves the day. Directing is competent, photography is excelent, art direction is excelent. The action is very good, and got rid of shaky cams. The plot for acts 1 & 2 is intriguing and well played in its simplicity. The final 2 minutes are pure Bond. * The bad: The villain is extremely cliched, one dimensional, has no real motive for anything, and not a complete disaster thanks to Javier Barden's acting. The villain has a feeling of "The Dark Knight/Rises" villains - and while this works for comic book movies, doesn't work so well for Bond. The third act is fucking bullshit, becomes "Home Alone" meets "Straw Dogs" meets "The Money Pit". Adele's song is crap, and there's no fucking gunbarrel at the beggining, again!

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Craig's Bond is most like Fleming's character

    by Laserhead

    So shut the fuck up about how nobody but you understands how terribly off-track the Bond movies have gone.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 5:43 a.m. CST


    by Desk

    I wasn't making a Bourne comparison in terms of cinematography, but rather the gritty, 'real world' tone they seem to be aspiring towards. Fine, do it that way if you like, but in doing so you're going to be required to produce a plot that makes more sense and feels more credible than in the more escapist, clearly fantasy Bond films of yesteryear.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST

    bond books were written against the back drop of

    by emeraldboy

    the cold war. bond fighting cyber terrorists really looks weak.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    bond is after all kind off relic of the cold war

    by emeraldboy

    so say M.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    @laserhead (spoilers)

    by Desk

    I'm sorry, but from my perspective you're incorrect. In Fleming's novels Bond has a hard edge, and can be arrogant and hostile to authority figures, but he's generally level-headed, and not an emotionally-crippled loser who goes off on three-month petulant sulks leaving fellow 00 agents facing death because he allowed information to get away. SPOILERS... and Fleming's Bond, while fallible, was not the failure Craig's is in Skyfall, allowing the villain to effectively achieve his ambitions.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 6:11 a.m. CST


    by DexterMorgan

    Mendes actually wanted to put the gun barrel at the start of the film, but couldn't do it as when put in front of the first shot of the movie it looked extremely silly. He just couldn't get it to work so it went at the end again. However if the next one doesn't start with the gun barrel opening after the last scene of Skyall then something is amiss.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST

    It was above average, not as great as made out to be

    by Kakii

    I enjoyed it, it wasnt as good as CR, however it was way above QOS. I'd say its an above average Bond film, but there are better ones. As for ripping off DK, the director was honest and did say that some of Skyfall was inspired by Nolans BB and DK. At least it worked quite well, unlike Nolan ripping off Rocky 3 in TDKR which didn't work well at all. At least the whole origin thing is over and we can get to see more of the Bond we saw in CR and in the traditional sense too

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST


    by IceMonkey

    ...has there ever been an acting nomination from a Bond film?

  • The gunbarrell at the beggining, silly?

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    ricarleite4 - here's the link to Mendes quote at Empire

    by DexterMorgan

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    actually makes sense when you read it

    by DexterMorgan

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    SKYFALL is easily one of the 23 best Bond films ever made.

    by jawsfan

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    and of all the official Bonds, Daniel Craig is definitely the sixth.

    by DexterMorgan

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Is comparing modern Bond to Ian Fleming still relevant?

    by Glenn

    I think the series has moved on. As far as the Cold War vs cyber villains, the world has moved on, yo. Adapt or ossify. Even as a kid I thought the Bond movies were silly fantasy. Yeah, great, the villain wants to take over the world, control a satellite, build a huge base under the sea/in a volcano/at the top of snow mountain. I don't think I bothered after Octopussy for like a decade and a half. Now you've got movies dealing with real-world events, with a main character who exhibits flaws and wounds. If this betrays the original Fleming tone, then too bad, life goes on, this generation will die off and the next will take over, as it's happened for the past 50 years. Bond's tougher, more complex. Indy's dead. Obi Wan's a non-starter. Batman's retired. Canon blah blah blah. Wah wah wah.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I thought it was a bad film.

    by papabendi

    The last hour is poor. I mean really poor. Bond makes some bloody ridiculous decisions.The villain even poorer ones. They make a stupid attempt to give him a sort of Joker level of forward planning that requires massive coincidence to make it work. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't get past the daft story line, the silly villan (slightly deformed again) and his motive, the whole family history thing. It was just unessessary layer upon layer of nonsence. I'm honestly baffled it's getting such good reviews.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Matthew Vaughn for the next Bond

    by movieManiac

    Its about time. Did a great job with Layer Cake and Daniel Craig. Kickass was excellent. And he handled the cold war feel of XMen: First class extremely well. I'd love to see what he would do with a Bond film.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Mr Kite

    by Glenn

    Most of what was good in Quantum of Solace was left on the cutting room floor? How could you possibly know this? Do tell. The reason I ask is, most people like to float this phrase about without understanding what it really means. Having worked in cutting rooms, I don't think you mean what you're saying. Or if you do mean it, then you're clueless as to how movies actually get made. While I'm not a proponent of bad shakycam either, there's good and bad of everything. Bourne/Greengrass knows how to do it. Funny, but my impression of QoS was not that it was shaky at all, just very quickly cut. For instance, the opening car chase is one of the fastest cut action scenes of all time -- and I loved it, thought it was beautifully choreographed, shot, lit, etc. But then Stuart Baird has been doing this sort of cutting since Superman and into Casino Royale. I thought Chesse did a great job with what he had.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Clive Dunn

    by emeraldboy


  • Nov. 7, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by Brody77

    That's a pretty valid point man, they've screwed up the continuity, although I'm sure I read somewhere that it was supposed to be taken that Casino Royale & Quantum of Shite took place before Dr No, and Skyfall follows on from Die Another Day. Even then, that doesn't work due to Dench as she became M for Goldeneye. (I'll excuse the period settings as that can't be helped)

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Re: dextermorgan - Thank you. But I disagree with SM.

    by Ricardo

    If it looked SO ridiculous to have it matching the same action twice, then, add a establishing shot of the location prior to Bond appearing.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    the craig bonds

    by emeraldboy

    are kind of like an experiment.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by Mr Kite

    You haven't seen Skyfall yet but you're calling me a fuckwit! It may be a good idea to see it first and then form an opinion. It may also be an idea to read some other reviews on the internet. They're not all positive. I didn't go into detail here because I didn't want to post spoilers. PS. You're about as bright as a blackout

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2 p.m. CST


    by Mr Kite

    Ok, first of all lets agree on what the term shaky cam means. As far as I understand it, it is a slang term commonly used to describe a style of filming that includes hand held camera work, whiplash pans, crash zooms, quick cuts (fast edits) etc. I personally don't like it and think it has become far to prevalent in modern action movies. That is not to say that all of the techniques mentioned above are bad, its just that they are often over done and make action scenes confusing and frustrating to watch. This is what spoiled QoS for me and hence my cutting room floor comment. If the action scenes in the movie had been edited differently ie each scene contained a few more frames rather than being edited so tightly it would have been a much better movie. There were some fantastic action set pieces in QoS that were ruined in the edit suite. Now, you claim you have worked as an editor so you should be aware that there is a pace of editing that is ideal for action scenes and a faster pace where it becomes a mess. CR got this right. QoS increased the pace and got it wrong. I heard Marc Forster being interviewed by a radio station and he stated that QoS was deliberately filmed and edited in this manner to create a feeling of confusion. It suceeded. Some people on this site (including Harry) have stated that this is what real life is like. Harry mentioned being in a car crash as an example. The truth is the your eyes are connected to your brain so if you are moving your head rapidly your brain can normally keep up with what your eyes are seeing. Try to simulate the same effect with a camera and you get....shaky cam! You have to slow it down. Hope that answers your question.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    No Roger Moore knocking!

    by SlyWalker

    I grew up with him. One of my favs!

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Live and Let Die still my favorite of the Moore Bonds

    by impossibledreamers

    Wasn't trite and silly, but let Moore have his moments of humor. Little things, like adding the cigar smoking were attempts to make Bond his own. You still had Bernard Lee as the classic M as well. And Hedison's Felix Leiter is still the best I think.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    I shall repeat here: Belongs among the top third of Bond movies!

    by wtriker1701

    Daniel Craig is the fourth best Bond ever. Sorry to disappoint you younglings. 1. Connery (Hardball, Softball, tops all) 2. Moore (The most british Bond you'll ever get) 3. Brosnan (Connery-Moore-Hybrid) 4. Craig (just one face, even when crying) 5. Dalton (just grim und brutal) 6. Lazenby (boring) BUT: After the chaos CASINO ROYALE (establishing James Bond as JACK BAUER and having 45 minutes of crappy Texas Hold'Em) and QUATUM OF SOLACE (Hey, Matt Damon is JASON BOURNE, don't try to make him Daniel Craig) gave us - come on, those were no BOND movies! CR was probably a nice interpretation of the book, but BOND on screen is a totally different person than the Bond in the books. Accept it! However: After the chaos of those two movies I didn't have any expectations for SKYFALL. Hell, I even didn't want to go to the cinema to watch it (and that, having seen ALL Bond movies since THE SPY WHO LOVED ME - guess my age). I did, though, and what shall I say? It's a GREAT movie! And better: It's a REAL Bond movie, gadets, humor and action side by side. HOORAY! Even those mistakes mentioned above don't matter, i can overlook them sooo easily, because I was entertained highly! Only problem remaining: This whole reboot idea is an anachronism. They shouldn't have involved Dame Judi Dench in CASINO ROYALE. That damaged the whole reboot idea. She's a great actor, but the end doesn't justify the means at ll... Dench's M belonged to the Brosnan era... and here's my point: THIS movie could have been a perfect BROSNAN vehicle. It didn't have to be the third in a reboot trilogy. Would Pierce Brosnan have been given the chance to do this movie right after DIE ANOTHER DAY, SKYFALL might have even been much better!!! But all in all: Great 140 minutes running time, not one fucking minute wasted! It was simply great. Even the silent moments of the movie were stunning. Sountrack: Thomas Newman did a wonderful job of modernizing the score whilst embracing the history of Bond score. Well done! And yes: Easily the best Craig Bond Movie! (But that's not been that difficult) AND: Congratulations to Obama winning!!!

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Moore was the only actor with balls to play Bond differently

    by BigTuna

    He's underrated. Very funny and charming.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Skyfaw is almost as good as Casino Royale.

    by Gary Makin

    Four stars.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Connery was the best Batman ever.

    by Gary Makin

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    But I don't WANT a Bond that's broken inside.

    by Smerdyakov

    I want a Bond that's super-cool. Why is that too much to ask?

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    These was more eye candy than action. Set ups took their time...

    by vetepalapinga

    there will be a lot of people in the U.S. that will find it boring, but it got everything that QoS got wrong right. The use of characters, their interactions, the action sequences, the opening, the song, the really reminded of how awful QoS was. That's one movie I wish I could erase from my memory because Casino Royale is my favorite Bond movie and following it with that abomination was painfull.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    There" not "These

    by vetepalapinga

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I was underwhelmed by the film

    by BigDan

    I really wanted to like. I agree that Craig is a terrific Bond but despite that and a great villain in Bardem this movie just doesn't take off. The pacing is just horrible, the plot thin as paper and there are almost no memorable scenes or quotes. At 2 hours 23 minutes it is also far to long which is unnecessary since there are so many superfluous scenes that could easily have been cut. In fact I think that the full continuous 40 minutes directly after the Adele song number could have been cut without affecting the plot. The finally, while not without some cool action, is just silly. Bond fleeing to a mansion without even bringing a gun awaiting a full platoon of bad guys just doesn't feel like something James Bond would do.

  • In retrospect, Moore was totally wrong for the role. He plays Bond as an aristocratic fantasy figure, not a real person. His Bond is almost appalled when he has to get physical with the villains. It's a caricature that you can't really bear to watch today.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST

    got a cool poster after the midnight imax screening

    by Brodie Watson

    wasn't expecting that. nice icing on the cake after an amazing bond film.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Too Much Like Dark Knight

    by Harrigan

    Loved it up until Silva gets himself captured. The rest felt like way too much like Dark Knight and the final act really didn't feel like a Bond film. And the tongue in cheek references to old Bond films felt way out of place. A step back from Casino Royale. wh

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 5:48 a.m. CST

    here is what eon should have done...

    by popboy

    a long time ago. get a young actor to play bond. if you strip bond, of all his accessories, guns, cars and one liners and babes . then you dont have bond really. bond is a killer and a savage one at that but he is also sauve and debonair and has a reckless streak. but manages to keep on the right side of MI6. each bond actor brought something different to the table. connery played up bonds ruthless streak and had the one liners. and the gadgets. and had the pulling power. Moore was the debonair bond and brought the high camp with arching eyebrows. and of course he pulled the ladies. the dalton bonds were much darker. less of the debonair, one liners, lady pulling, his was an actiony bond. minus the one liners. brosnan was debonair, cool, gadgety, had the one liners. and for the first time he was given a side kick. oh and he had the car. too. Craig is a 21st century bond. bit street, doesnt say much, always keeps on the move. doesnt really bed the ladies. no one liners. not much gadgets. Eon realised that there comes a point where you have to strip everything back. the bond franchise got too big.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST

    The director admitted he was influenced by Rises

    by Mark

    And it shows. I like this film, but like Rises I don't think I'll be re-watching it at all. It's so dark, gritty and desperate (like Rises) it takes the re-watchability out of it, unlike truly great Bond films like Casino Royal and Goldeneye. Also like Dark Knight Rises the plot requires a large series of coincidences along years worth of meticulous planning for it to work, without anyone acting in any way differently to what 'the bad guy' expects. For example, if Q hadn't have plugged the laptop into their network (stupid thing to do, I'm in tech support and I just did a facepalm when he did that) Bardam would have been screwed.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    The other issue with Skyfall is the age thing

    by Mark

    In Royal he was a young fresh agent on his first OO mission. Now he's considered an old washed-up veteran of the cold war era who is used to exploding pens and armed vehicles. I know there's been a few years and missions between Solace and this but they make out it's been decades. The three Bond films are out of sync continuity wise. Still, I did enjoy it though even though I'm moaning lol.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    the first hour of Casino royale remains

    by emeraldboy

    one of the nu bond eras franchises finest hours in filmmaking terms. it then got bogged down in a game of cards. and wasted so much time on that, that when it got to vespa's demise the movie was just flat out boring. Eon Leaned on Marc forster all the way through the production. to get the film into production and out into cinemas asap. Mark

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    the new bond will be

    by emeraldboy

    Micheal Fassbender.

  • My 1st "BOND" was "GOLDFINGER" at its regional premiere @ the great Majestic Theatre on Houston in San Antonio... the line went around the block up the alley past the old colored box office/entrance to 2nd (blacks only) balcony, another 1st for me (the line)... the Astin Martin was parked out front... it was a date with my 1st real, adult love Mary Elizabeth Galvan... next weekend we also went to a drive-in double feature of "Doctor No" & "From Russia With Love." I was hooked on "BOND" after that... still am !!! I've seen every "BOND" since then at the 1st available screening (though I thought about jump'n ship during later "Roger Moore's", but didn't) "SKYFALL" last night was an exceptional "BOND," exciting, fantastic, colorful, sexy, intriguing, intelligent, emotional, everything I wanted... Is it the best? Hard to say. I've seen those first six in theaters dozens of times each... number one for me usually rotates between #2, 3,& 4, plus OHMSS depending where my head's at when asked... "SKYFALL" is certainly up there with them. Absolutely loved the pre-titles chase/fight, definitely one of the very best... the opening titles a "BOND" hallmark is positively the best in years... the theme song another benchmark "BOND" item another top of the pile plus for this motion picture... locations, up there with the best... villain, a fave, among the very best... the babes, nothing wrong here (maybe could use a little more skin}... the final climatic fight/battle, not on the scale of "Thunderball" or "You Only Live Twice", but "What Is?", it was wonderful, just not epic (but more realistic) ... loved the filling in of holes in Bond's history, the reappearance of some familiar items, etc... loved the film... for sure in my TOP 5 all time "BOND" movies, will watch "SKYFALL" repeatedly... for sure.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Didn't Harry give Die Another Day a good review?

    by peter skellen


  • Nov. 8, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    I didn't see it like that. It wasn't Bond that was old and anachronistic. To me, the whole system of field operations with people with guns in a far off countries shooting at things was what was being questioned.<p> After all, as Q points out, he can do more damage in ten mins with a laptop than Bond can in ten years with his gun.<p> It was M's place in this new world as a believer in the need for 'the old ways' that was challenged as out of place, not Bond personally.<p> He is just the extension of her belief in the need for direct action sometimes.<p> Of course Bond is mentally and physically broken but that is due to the events of the opening sequence and his subsequent time out of the game. He is never too old or too unneeded in the eyes of M or the audience.<p> This is not GoldenEye. <p> And it's still the same 007 as CR and QoS. If it moves chronologically then he got his OO in 2006. QoS was directly afterwards. Then this is 2012. So 6 years, 2x 'Big' missions a year.<p> This is just his 3rd 'Televised' mission. There have been plenty more, as demonstrated when we join him in the middle of an on-the-go mission.<p> Really importantly, this is clearly the end of the 3 film Bond Begins arc, as demonstrated by the care taken in the final shot to show a OO7 in the leather panelled office, M and Moneypenny in situ, having an Eyes Only file handed to him and acknowledging there is work to do.<p> Can't wait to see Craig's Bond now let loose in the Bond Universe that will be the same, but different.