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Skyfall; Everything or Nothing: the Untold Story of 007; To Rome With Love; Savages

After the shambles of Quantum of Solace (I still have no idea what that title meant), it was touch and go whether the Bond franchise, so spectacularly revivified by Casino Royale, actually had a future in the 21st century. Enter secret weapon Sam Mendes who, 50 years after the screen debut of this very British screen icon, has ensured that 007 has more bite, relevance and popularity that at any time in his changeable career.

Focusing first and foremost on story and character but without skimping on the spectacular action set pieces, Skyfall (2012, MGM/Fox, 12) establishes a template for a new era of Bond movies that acknowledges the past while looking towards the future, balancing the "orgy of nostalgia" provoked by the appearance of an Aston Martin with a notable lack of gadgets (goodbye invisible cars, hello snippy »

- Mark Kermode

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