James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love.
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
First time that an Academy Award winning director (Sam Mendes (American Beauty (1999))) has directed a James Bond movie. The first Bond film seen by Mendes was Live and Let Die (1973) whilst his favorite is From Russia with Love (1963). During pre-production, Mendes was originally hired as a consultant during the MGM bankruptcy period so as to avoid a direct connection payment to Mendes from having been classified as a bona fide director to the production, and as such requiring an official director's payment. Reportedly, Mendes was offered the director's job at party by Daniel Craig. A meeting was then arranged for Mendes with the producers and things rolled on from there. As a boy, Mendes owned a die-cast Dinky Toys model car of Bond's Aston Martin DB5 car which inspired him to include the vehicle in the film. Around the time of Casino Royale (2006), Mendes originally thought Craig was miscast as Bond. Mendes told 'Metro': "I was one of the people who said I didn't think he was the right casting. At the time, I was asked in an interview and I said, "I'm not sure, I would advise him not to do it". With a rating of PG-13, this is also Mendes' first non-R-rated film. See more »
When the tube train falls through the hole into the area below, all its lights are still working. Once each carriage leaves the rails, which carry the electric current, these would all have gone out and the train would have been in darkness. See more »
The opening credits feature Bond periodically shooting at targets, Shanghai dragons, Silva's skull logo, and the Skyfall mansion from which Bond's eyes stare out. At the end of the credits, the sky is seen falling upon the mansion. See more »
Percussion Improvisation - Konyali
(Bond's Scorpion Bar Drink)
Written and Performed by Ensemble Hüseyin Türkmenler
From the album "Turkish Bellydance"
Courtesy of ARC Music Productions International Ltd. See more »
Production Budget: $200 million World Total Gross: $1,1 billion
The reviews especially the one star ones are fun to read as people dissect the plot holes, I grade things a little differently since no Bond movie has ever been believable....I grade them on how much they make me laugh especially the outrageous bad women and villains who used to work for Spectre. Yes, I love the bad guys. But also the British stuffiness well any of the outrageous stuff is often funny.
This movie did not make me laugh once did it bore me? (my second criteria). Yes about half way through I started looking to see how much time was left...and by the time they got to Scotland it took a lot of restraint not to fast forward it. The villain in this one was fun but you know his fate. He was the only interesting character.
This movie was very successful so what do I know? Cost $200 million and grossed $1.1 billion. I notice that there is the requisite Shanghai scenes indicating China is an important market.
It's probably an above average Bond movie....so I give it a 6.5 It gets however an extra star for Bond saying "Who said it would be the first time" -- So 7.5 an honorary 8 rounded up--
Craig sure looks like drink and drugs have taken a toll--bulbous nose and all--they better dry him out good--or he will be retired like Dench. Ironic that he recently played a role he has now become: Flashbacks of a Fool (an older actor ruined by drugs and drink and general debauchery) Yes, I know he also had sort of that role in this movie...but look close they didn't need much makeup to make him look the part.
I am sorry I did laugh once, Dench made me laugh when she said to Craig about his Aston Martin..."I suppose that will be completely inconspicuous". She played the perfect M even has a thick brow like a male.
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