I’ve been remiss in keeping up on my blog. The holidays and personal issues kind of got in the way…so I’m going to try to get caught up with my favorite topic – movies. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Saw a lot of movies over the last month-and-a-half. We’re trying to get in as many as possible before the Academy Award nominations go out, so we’ll be able to discuss them with a modicum of intelligence. (We also like watching crappy movies at home, so I might be able to get some of those in, too.)
So we saw Skyfall. And then I saw it again. And now I want to see it again. I was never a big James Bond fan, but I started getting into it when Daniel Craig was cast as Bond. I saw all the movies – everybody saw all the Bond movies – and I had my own opinions regarding the actors.
I thought Sean Connery was the only real James Bond. He was tough and had a dry wit and I could believe he was a dangerous man.
Roger Moore was just a joke to me – I never once thought of him as dangerous. He was more of a parody.
I don’t like Timothy Dalton. Never have. Something about his face and delivery always seemed more villain-like, to me. And I never thought he was that great an actor.
I liked Pierce Brosnan. I loved him on “Remington Steele”, and I bought him as a smooth spy. He went overboard on the quips, though (the fault of the filmmakers, I know), and I never really believed he was all that dangerous.
I don’t remember anything about George Lazenby, sadly – he did one film, he got married, he lost her. There’s something wrong with the idea of James Bond being married. Part of his appeal is all the sex he has. (Sexist and misogynistic as the character is.)
But then that brings us to Daniel Craig. I like Daniel Craig. Daniel Craig is hot. And Daniel Craig as James Bond is smokin’. I can totally believe he’s dangerous. That he could kill you without breaking a sweat. Or caring all that much. I can believe that his Bond is a double-oh, with a license to kill. Oh, yeah.
I loved Skyfall. I loved that we got a bit of Bond’s past, and saw some of what made him who he is now. Seeing the relationship between the rogue agent Silva and M also cast a new light on Bond’s relationship with her. I loved that this film also brought back some of the Bond trademarks, like the silver Aston-Marten, the 007 theme song, an ejection seat, Miss Moneypenney, Q…it was a great mix of old and new. (The new Q is also very young and very cute. He reminds me of a younger Sherlock Holmes, as portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.)
And Javier Bardem was a fantastic Bond villain! He was a villain for the times, when computers are so ubiquitous. He was an insider in every meaning of the word, when it came to MI6. He was amoral. Very amoral. He got off on having power over other people, whether it was with force, intelligence, explosives, or sex. In fact, the character seemed like he would f*** anything that moved. (I liked that the character was creepily bisexual. I don’t believe bisexuality is creepy, but Silva definitely got off on making people uncomfortable.) I also liked that Bond seemed unperturbed, and even made a joke about. The modern Bond is comfortable with his masculinity, and I love that.
I also must comment on the theme song by Adele, and the entire credits sequence. It’s a great song, clearly an homage to Shirley Bassey, but the credits sequence is brilliant. Every image in it represents something from the film, and if you haven’t seen it, you must pay attention when you do. I included a link to it because I just loved it.
If you haven’t yet seen Skyfall, you really should. Especially if you’re a James Bond fan. If you’re not that much of a fan, like me, you might become one. Or, at least a fan of Daniel Craig’s Bond.
I’m looking forward to the next one.