Skyfall (2012) Movie Review


Skyfall opens on an extended foot and car chase, which is choreographed beautifully. It also ends with the apparent death of James Bond (Daniel Craig), shot and left for dead in the sea as Adele’s thunderous theme kicks in. Of course, Bond survives, but MI6 doesn’t know this. M (Judi Dench) must write his obituary. Her job is also threatened for her reckless actions with her agents in the field.




Following this, MI6’s computers are hacked and their headquarters are destroyed. Bond returns to help remedy the situation, but he’s haggard and off his game. He struggles to pass the tests required of him to be reinstated, and is drinking heavily, even for Bond.


Skyfall has a subtext of aging. “Age is no guarantee of efficiency,” says the young new quartermaster to Bond. “Youth is no guarantee of innovation,” Bond bites back. Craig’s Bond is growing old, and they make no point of hiding it. Confusing as that is for the timeline (Craig’s films are meant to be the beginning of Bond’s career), this through line is an interesting wrinkle that we haven’t seen from Bond before.


The villain for the proceedings this go around is Javier Bardem, who plays sadistic wonderfully. Unfortunately, he doesn’t enter the film until the 70-minute mark, and much of the exposition-laden scenes prior to this entrance drag. Bardem’s first scene, with his monologue about a rat infestation, immediately changes gears toward stronger pacing.


All of the performances in the film are solid. Dench and Craig have some great moments together, and the additions of Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw as Q will be helpful moving forward.


Skyfall has its moments that drag. It has the standard action set pieces, but they don’t punch as hard as those found in Craig’s other installments. The best moments of suspense are the ones with more words and less acrobatics. It is an ambitious addition to the franchise, yet it is a tad overlong for the story its telling.




The Post-Script

Thus concludes my two-month long endeavor to review every Eon Bond film chronologically. Thanks for reading! Click here to view my other Bond reviews.

Skyfall: B+

As always, thanks for reading!

Skyfall is available on Amazon Video here.


  • Skyfall: B+
  • Quantum of Solace: B+
  • Casino Royale: A
  • Die Another Day: D-
  • The World is Not Enough: D+
  • Tomorrow Never Dies: C
  • GoldenEye: A-
  • License to Kill: B+
  • The Living Daylights: B+
  • A View to a Kill: D+
  • Octopussy: C-
  • For Your Eyes Only: C
  • Moonraker: D
  • The Spy Who Loved Me: B-
  • The Man With the Golden Gun: C+
  • Live and Let Die: C+
  • Diamonds Are Forever: C-
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: B+
  • Casino Royale (1967): D+
  • You Only Live Twice: C+
  • Thunderball: C-
  • Goldfinger: A-
  • From Russia With Love: A-
  • Dr. No: B


—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)

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