Bardem Mayhem

A few weeks before Skyfall was released I bought the complete James Bond series on Blu Ray, which is by far one of the coolest packaged box sets yet – sleek and slim, with handsome slipcases for each individual disc laid in chronological order corresponding with a picture of each movie’s associated Bond Girl. With a space cleverly left empty for this upcoming movie, I noticed that there was no accompanying picture alongside the slot which made me wonder…only to soon realize after seeing Skyfall that the Bond Girl this time around is not the usual sexy, no name actress, but the frumpy lame dame Judi Dench! Of course Bond didn’t shag her, but who would’ve guessed he had a mommy complex?

Then again, there was a lot of Bond’s character and childhood revealed, along with introductions to Miss. Moneypenny and Q, that set this movie apart from the majority of others – and in turn makes it uniquely better. Of course it helps to have top-notch director Sam Mendes, and an artist like Roger Deakins as the DP to shoot stunning silhouettes in Shanghai and combat scenes through ice, water, and fire – unlike the usual hacks that they hire.

While Daniel Craig stunts are impressive the most outlandish feat is how he runs so fast in those flat shoes – jumping atop from one train car to the next.

But it’s the cat and mouse game between Bond and the villainous and flirtatious Javier Bardem that is really impressive – combining his charm from Vicky Christina Barcelona with a hair cut that rivals his No Country for Old Men, with the worst bite since Jaws.

Though with the technology and foresight to hack, relocate, and destroy British Secret Service I was hoping to see a subterranean lair made up in Lex Luthor fashion too.

Other than the minor foible of a weak opening credit montage and a 143-minute running time that put 2nd place Nobel Peace Blogging Award winner James Franco to sleep, I was wide awake in this long days journey into night that fits the puzzle of the innocence lost like what Rosebud was for Kane as Skyfall is for Bond.

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  1. Pingback: 2012 “YOLO” 5 | Video Killed the Movie Stars

  2. Not sure really, i think for sure the Craig era will focus on Bond beorfe the swagger’, as seen a very raw stripped down bond. But as for the Quantum storyline, there is room for a linked organization to Quantum that might attack MI HQ? Who knows, but slowly (5 years later) and surely we are getting there and finding out how bond started.I just hope that the new generation of viewers will still appreciate the classic bonds, after all it’s what has brought us bond fans together and created the ultimate spy films

  3. Yeah man me too but I wouldn’t use the word bad to debircse Quantum of Solace, I think that the fact that Casino Royale was AMAZING! And one of the best Bond films (My favorite by the way) is what made Quantm of Solace look that crappy, but it wasn’t really that bad, it just simply wasn’t as good as Casino Royale.

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