Critics: James Bond 'Skyfall' Is One Of 007's Finest
The reviews are in for Sam Mendes' James Bond movie 'Skyfall' and they're good. Very good. 007's latest outing has been described as the "least Bond" of all the Bonds and it appears critics have reacted warmly to the Oscar winning director's fresh take on the long running franchise.
Set primarily in London, Skyfall follows a Bond described by Mendes as suffering from "[a] combination of lassitude, boredom, depression [and] difficulty with what he's chosen to do for a living." A Bond down-on-his-luck is an interesting concept and we already know he's swapped his Martinis for bottled Heinekens (thanks to a lucrative product placement deal). Writing in The Independent, Geoffrey McNab said, "Craig again impresses as Bond. He switches without fuss from Roger Moore-style self-deprecating comedy (adjusting his cuff links in action sequences) to the darker, more intense scenes which focus on Bond's childhood traumas." Den of Geek.com refused to give out spoilers in their review "because there's so much that deserves to be kept under wraps." Critic Katie Muir of The Times simply called Skyfall a "resurrection," predicting that it will "go down as one of 007's best."
With such positive reviews, it begs the question whether or not the Academy will reward Mendes and his team for Skyfall. Early rumblings around Hollywood suggest the movie could make the nominations for Best Picture, and with Craig on top form, Mendes at the helm and Oscar winning cinematographer Roger Deakins on set, it's not difficult to see why.