30 December 2012 9:18 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Following yesterday’s number three, we have today’s number two:

Skyfall – dir. Sam Mendes starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Javier Bardem

The puzzling, and downright rotten, Quantum Of Solace, coupled with MGM’s financial troubles, meant Daniel Craig’s third Bond outing was heavily delayed. Trepidation of his return morphed into eager anticipation as Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road To Perdition) signed up to direct, then transformed into mouth-frothing excitement as Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem – the latter the villain of the piece – joined a cast already boasting Craig, Dame Judi Dench and Naomie Harris.

Mouths were satisfyingly wiped clean as Mendes crafted, possibly, the best Bond ever:

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her, bringing MI6 under attack.

Reviews, News and Features contributor Esben marvelled in Mendes work, even nodding towards another great British director:

Sam Mendes created something that was brilliant, »

- Sam Carey

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