Director : Sam Mendes
Produced By: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli
Written By: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Starring : Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney
Genre: Action, Thriller
Running Time: 143 minutes
The opening sequence in Istanbul is a riotous chase through the city streets, across the rooftops and onto a train rocketing through a mountainous landscape. At the end of this, Bond (Craig) is presumed dead while the baddie gets away with a list of Western spies. As he starts releasing names publicly, things get difficult for MI6 boss M (Dench), who is pressured to resign by a government minister (Fiennes). So when Bond returns, M puts him on the case, sending him to Shanghai, where he stalks a mysterious woman (Marlohe) to Macau and meets the camp villain Silva (Bardem). Back in Britain, Silva leads Bond and M on a nasty cat-and-mouse chase that ends up at Skyfall, Bond’s ancestral home in the Highlands.
Unlike the usual Bond baddie, Silva isn’t remotely interested in global domination or incredible wealth: he has a very personal score to settle, which means that there’s no ticking time-bomb underneath the action. In other words, Bond is fighting to save his life, not the planet. Which makes the film feel oddly smaller than we expect. On the other hand, this also allows the filmmakers and actors to develop the relationships more intriguingly than usual. Most notable is the close connection between Bond and M, played with with edgy subtlety by Craig and Dench while Bardem steals every scene with his witty innuendo.
The official theme song for 007 Skyfall is by Adele. Written by Adele and Paul Epworth and the video is the work of Nick Chappell.
The cast and crew of Skyfall on location in Istanbul (L-R): director Sam Mendes, actors Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig, Bérénice Marlohe and Ola Rapace, with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
Q, played by Ben Whishaw. Ben Whishaw steps into the gadgets expert role previously played by Peter Burton, Desmond Llewelyn, and John Cleese, bringing a wholly fresh take on the staple character.
After trying to retrieve a stolen hard drive, James Bond is accidentally shot down by field agent Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and plummets into to the depths of a ravine, presumed dead. However, i think Naomie Harris is much more than an MI6 secretary. 🙂
The head of MI6 and Bond’s commanding officer. Skyfall is Dench’s seventh and final appearance in the role.
Sévérine warns Bond that he is about to be killed, but promises to help him if he will kill her employer, Raoul Silva.
More action shots at Bond’s childhood home in Scotland: Skyfall Lodge
Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva (Tiago Rodriguez), the film’s main antagonist.