Movie Review: Skyfall

Daniel Craig is British agent James Bond in “Skyfall.”

Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever.  There. I said it.  It was on my mind since “Casino Royale.”  But, now the latest James Bond adventure proves, at least in my opinion, that Craig has grasped the role better than any of his predecessors, including Sean Connery.

Craig is simply outstanding as world’s foremost secret agent.  And, “Skyfall” is the best in the series.

Craig has the poise, the anger, the compassion, the looks, the confidence, the physicality and the smarts to be the best Bond.  And, all of those attributes are on display in “Skyfall.”

In this spy adventure, MI6 is under attack.  A cyberterrorist and former British agent (Javier Bardem) has targeted his boss, M (Judi Dench), telling her, among other things, to “think on her sins.”

Before the former agent’s plot becomes apparent, Bond is sent to Turkey to track a stolen computer hard drive that contains the names of NATO agents working undercover in terrorist organizations.  Leaking the names, of course, would lead to their extermination.

That’s about all I want to say about the plot.  The film should be discovered by Bond fans without too much advance information.  Just go and enjoy.

The story is well written and well directed (Sam Mendes, “American Beauty.”)  The ensemble of actors is outstanding.

From the very first moment, the action and special effects are top-notch.  Despite its lengthy runtime, I challenge you to get up in the middle to use the WC.

In addition, there are some satisfying reveals at the end, similar to “The Dark Knight.”

“Skyfall” is one of the best films of the year.  Grade: A.