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Bond is Back!

Written By: Harald Schossman

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Just in time for his 50th anniversary Bond is back as Daniel Craig returns as James Bond 007 in SKYFALL. This is the 23rd installment of the longest-running film franchise in history. Time for director Sam Mendes to deconstruct Bond and look behind the facade and ask who is and how did he become 007?

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The film opens in Istanbul where Bond aided by another field agent (Naomie Harris) is on a mission to retrieve a leaked list that could expose all of MI6’s undercover agents. The mission, however, goes gravely wrong, agents are exposed and MI6 is attacked. Reason enough for the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Community Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) to challenge M’s position and question Bond’s competence. Mallory even goes on and calls Bond a relic of the past, and indeed Bond is in bad shape. He under performs in every discipline yet his loyalty to M makes him the only one she can trust.

Granted it is a bold move to introduce Bond as a man who has it all behind him, considering this is only Craig’s third Bond installment, but Skyfall is nothing if not daring, exploring 007 at every turn in new, surprising ways.

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Javier Bardem plays Silva the villain who puts MI6 at risk and he does so with just the right playfulness yet mischievous and dangerous at the same time. Indeed Bardem’s Silva is somewhat reminiscent of the old Bond villains Dr. No, Goldfinger, slightly theatrical yet all the more frightening because of it.

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Bond wouldn’t be Bond without the girls. A steamy shower scene with Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe) and some flaunting teasing with fellow agent (Naomie Harris) are upstaged by M who plays the most important female part in this deconstruction of Bond’s past.

While director Sam Mendes is known for directing different kind of movies he insists that high entertainment and artistic integrity are not mutually exclusive. Indeed Mendes delivers just the right mix of suspense, action and a Bond armed with bone-dry witty humor. It’s refreshing to see that Bond is back in an adventure that turned out all we’ve been hoping for: plenty of action, a great villain, lots of inside jokes and an original story that paves the way for plenty more Bond adventures yet to come.

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Corespondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.

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