As Skyfall edges towards $800m worldwide its clear a large amount of people have seen the film, but for those who have yet to witness Bond’s 23rd outing (it’s received almost universally positive reviews) here are a few points that may persuade you.
How good is Javier Bardem as the villain?
Perhaps a more appropriate question would be “how bad is he?” Though many aspects of the film have garnered praise, Javier Bardem’s Bond villain, Silva, has earned a great deal of attention on his own. So just how good is this Bond villain? The answer is, he is arguably one of the most memorable Bond villain of the past decade or so. Instead of harboring an evil plot for world destruction or domination, or a dangerous desire to gain wealth and power, Silva holds a personal vendetta against M and MI6, which makes for a more compelling villain. Throw in his chillingly quirky personality (parts of which are reminiscent of Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight) and Bardem pulls off quite a villain.
Is Bond finally over Vesper?
In Daniel Craig’s debut as 007 in Casino Royale, we saw Bond unquestionably more attached to the “Bond girl” than ever before. Eva Green’s character, Vesper, was more complex than any of her predecessors, and seemed to truly steal Bond’s heart. Bond may not have been booking a wedding cake at M&S just yet, but let’s just say he was so attached he spent the entire next film (the okay but not great Quantam Of Solace) avenging Vesper. It was a compelling idea to have Bond finally establish a real attachment, but the storyline also caused somewhat of a waste of a Bond film with Quantam Of Solace, so most will be pleased to learn that the answer is yes – Bond seems to have left Vesper in the past at last.
Does Bond stay badass?
James Bond is a badass character by nature, but perhaps the biggest difference between Craig and his predecessors is that Craig has produced us with the grittiest Bond we’ve ever seen. This trend continues in Skyfall, with less focus on technological gadgets and tuxedos, and more emphasis on physical combat, blood and sweat. Craig’s Bond still seems like a character who prefers his fists to a silenced pistol, and the trend continues to make his films somehow more impressive than many other Bond films. Additionally, the Bond we see in Skyfall – though finally over Vesper – is perhaps as vulnerable and personal a version of the character as we’ve ever seen. This, as you’ll see in Skyfall, is a great thing.