After the groundbreaking movie Casino Royale and the less entertaining, annoyingly fast paced and slightly confusing Quantum of Solace, it was time for a new Bond. The moment had come for Daniel Craig to prove himself to the world, once again, following in the footsteps of acting icons such as Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.
Enough introductions. Let's focus on the plot.
Skyfall starts in one of the most interesting cities in the world, one that has been rediscovered by Hollywood: the Turkish city of Istanbul, which provided its spectacular scenery to movies such as Taken 2 and Argo. James Bond (Daniel Craig) and his colleague Eve (Naomie Harris) are in pursuit of criminal mercenary Patrice, who is in possession of inside information about undercover NATO agents. Whilst in hand-to-hand combat with Patrice on a train, Bond gets accidentally shot by his partner Eve and plunges 300 feet to his death.
People of all ages in the movie theater held their breath. Was this the end of their idol? Surely, this could not be the end!
As the movie goes on, the viewers realize that Bond only took a minor vacation because he wanted to get away from his everyday life. The state that he comes back in is horrendous yet M (Judi Dench) welcomes him back to the MI6 with no reservations.
During Bond’s vacation, the MI6 becomes a victim of cyber-terrorism by a former agent with the name of Silva( Javier Bardem) and all look to Bond to fix the damage. Bond immediately travels to Macau, is captured on an island off the Chinese Coast only to barely rescue himself with the wit that only Bond could have.
Arriving back in England, Bond faces Silva unarmed and takes it upon himself to protect M. They travel to Bond's childhood home and seek refuge against Silva’s army of criminals who want to destroy MI6.
The Scottish Highlands are a perfect setting for a movie as mysterious as Bond and the location of the house on an open field is very Bond-like, leaving Bond in a vulnerable situation which he has to get out of. Bond, with many aces up his sleeve, M who is not used to being in the field, and Bond’s slightly crazy Scottish housekeeper named Kincade face the army of Silva‘s trained professionals.
The intensity of the ensuing confrontation will have you at the edge of your seat. Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem really shine in this movie and especially Bardem, who plays the cyber-terrorist Silva, really impresses in his new role. His performance was potentially Oscar worthy.
All that I am going to give away is that the ending is incredibly unexpected and left many in tears. Whether you are an established Bond Fan or have never watched a Bond in your life, I guarantee that this is a movie for YOU.