James Bond movies have not always been sure hits. Over the last 20 or so years, they have tended toward silly affairs that lacked the edge or intensity that marked Ian Fleming's novels. In 2006, the franchise was rebooted with Casino Royale and Daniel Craig and the success was tantamount. That film was gritty and Daniel Craig's coolness added a rugged feel to the film. However, its direct sequel Quantum of Solace hindered the success of that film. The problem with that film was that it attempted to follow the story of Casino's story despite the fact that there was no more story to tell. Fortunately, the scribes learned the lesson from that one and developed a self-sustained story in the new film Skyfall. The result is one of the best Bond films of all time and one of the best action movies of the year.
This film focuses on a stolen hard drive that has the identity of MI6 agents embedded in terrorist organizations around the world. If the information gets out, these agents' lives would be endangered. The debacle raises questions about M's (Dame Judi Dench) ability to continue leading the secret service agency. Given the franchise's 50 year existence, it seems fitting that the film brings up questions about Bond and M's age and their ability to survive in an ever changing world of modern warfare and intelligence. Continue Reading