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Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

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When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) - following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves. Written by JoaoBond

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Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$88,364,714 (USA) (9 November 2012)

Gross:

$304,360,277 (USA) (8 March 2013)
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The glass set depicting the inside of the Shanghai office skyscraper was nick-named "The Jellyfish." It was built at Pinewood Studios and was likened to being like "a hall of mirrors". 'Skyfall' cinematographer Roger Deakins has said: "Because it was all glass, the crew walking through it kept bashing into things". For filming, Deakins lit the set with two gigantic LED (Light Emitting Diode) panels which were used to represent electronic billboards exterior to the skyscraper's office's windows. The production had originally location scouted for a Chinese skyscraper but this proved unsuccessful, the substitute set providing improvements by being multi-dimensionally made of glass. The sequence in 'Skyfall' that "The Jellyfish" is seen is when James Bond (Daniel Craig) is on the track of an assassin on the way to a Shanghai office complex. In the earlier James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), a hall of mirrors was seen during the opening sequence and at the film's denouement. See more »

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One of the best Bonds
17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Skyfall must count as one of the best of all James Bond films. All the standard elements -- exotic locales, just-barely-possible action sequences, and a super-villain -- are there, handled more excellently, in cinematic terms, than in any other Bond film I can remember. And the villain this time (an excellent performance by Javier Bardem) is genuinely scary, and less unbelievably ambitious than most Bond villains: rather than wanting to take over the world, he has the more modest goal of merely destroying the British intelligence service. Sex and violence are of course part of the mix, but here they aren't gratuitous or graphic enough to put many people off. The characters of Bond and M are given more depth than usual by having to face the consequences of their own aging and the unresolved complexities of their relationship.

The supporting performances are good-to-excellent, with Bérénice Marlohe particularly memorable as a Bond girl who can actually act, giving a compelling performance as a dazzlingly beautiful woman barely suppressing her near-hysterical terror under a mask of sophisticated seductiveness.

Many fans will also find it interesting that, though there is a new, genius-level Q, there is less emphasis on razzle-dazzle technical spy gear than usual. Indeed, one motif of the film is Bond's reverting to old fashioned kit like a pocket radio transmitter and a plain old automatic pistol.

Technically, the film is of high excellence, and the DVD transfer (I'm speaking of the standard DVD by MGM, I haven't seen the Blu-Ray) awesomely vivid.

All in all, I'd say top recommendation if you're a real Bond fan, good rating for others.


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