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
Greek model-actress Tonia Sotiropoulou who appears as a minor Bond Girl early in the movie had auditioned for the leading Bond Girl role of Sévérine but lost out to Bérénice Marlohe. After Casting Director Debbie McWilliams suggested that the production might be able to find another part for her, her management company Back Door Management resubmitted her for the film and she was successful. Tonia's Bond Girl character in the film has no name and is billed in the credits only as "Bond's Lover". Moreover, Sotiropoulou's brief role in the film is entirely mute making her the first Bond Girl to visibly consummate a relationship with Bond on screen (as opposed to one that is only implied) without actually saying even one word on screen. See more »
At the beginning of the film when Bond is on a train chasing Patrice, the train passes through a big industrial complex, yet moments later, the train is passing through miles of open plains. 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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