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Skyfall (2012)

James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Skyfall is a 2012 spy film based on the Ian Fleming character James Bond, produced by Eon Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to Quantum of Solace (2008) and is the twenty-third Eon-produced James Bond film.

Directed by Sam Mendes and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan, it stars Daniel Craig as Bond, alongside Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, and Judi Dench. In the film, Bond investigates a series of targeted data leaks and co-ordinated attacks on MI6 led by Raoul Silva (Bardem).

A sequel to Quantum of Solace was confirmed in 2009, shortly after Mendes was announced as director. Development of the film was suspended throughout 2010 after Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which caused screenwriter Peter Morgan to leave the project. Production resumed in December 2010 after Purvis, Wade, and Logan were hired and a November 2012 release date was announced in January 2011.

Principal photography began that November after the film’s title was revealed and lasted until March 2012, with filming locations including London, Shanghai, Istanbul, and Scotland. Skyfall is notable for the return of longstanding James Bond characters Q and Miss Moneypenny.

Skyfall premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 October 2012, and was theatrically released in conventional and IMAX formats in the United Kingdom three days later and in the United States on 9 November, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film Dr. No (1962). Skyfall received critical acclaim, with praise for Mendes’ direction, cast performances, action sequences, cinematography, and musical score.

Among its accolades, it won Best Sound Editing at the 85th Academy Awards and Outstanding British Film at the 66th British Academy Film Awards, while its theme song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Skyfall grossed $1 billion worldwide, the fourteenth film to do so, and became the then-seventh-highest grossing film of all time, the highest-grossing James Bond film, the second-highest grossing film of 2012, and the then-highest grossing film released by Sony or MGM. The sequel, Spectre, was released in 2015.

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Skyfall (2012) Reviews

In this 50th year of the James Bond series, with the dismal “Quantum of Solace” (2008) still in our minds, “Skyfall” triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he earlier played well in “Casino Royale,” not so well in “Quantum” — although it may not have been entirely his fault. Or is it just that he’s growing on me? I don’t know what I expected. I don’t know what I expected in Bond No. 23, but certainly not an experience this invigorating.

The movie’s innovations begin in its first shots, which abandon the familiar stalking silhouettes in the iris lens, and hit the ground running. Bond and another agent are in Istanbul, chasing a man who has stolen a crucial hard drive, and after a chase through city streets (involving no less than three Fruit Cart Scenes), 007 is running on top of a train. We know from earlier films that Bond can operate almost anything, but “Skyfall” incredibly has him commandeer of a giant Caterpillar and continue the chase by crushing a flatcar filled with VW Beetles.

It’s the kind of absurd stunt we expect in a Bond movie, but this one relies on something unexpected: a dead-serious M (Judi Dench), following the action from MI6 in London and making a fateful decision. After an enemy agent grabs Bond as a human shield, M’s other agent, Eve (Naomie Harris), has both men in her gun sights. The stakes are very high. “Take the shot!” M commands. Bond seems to die, although since this happens around the 20-minute mark, we’re not very surprised that he doesn’t.

M begins to compose the obituary of Commander James Bond, and she might as well also be writing her own. Time has passed her by, she’s older, and her new boss, Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), convenes a public (!) hearing requiring her to defend her tenure. It’s time for a generation to be put out to pasture. Even Q and, as it turns out, Miss Moneypenny are practically kids.

M is not quite ready to retire, and “Skyfall” at last provides a role worthy of Judi Dench, one of the best actors of her generation. She is all but the co-star of the film, with a lot of screen time, poignant dialogue, and a character who is far more complex and sympathetic than we expect in this series. The film is guided by a considerable director (Sam Mendes), written by the heavyweights Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, and delivers not only a terrific Bond but a terrific movie, period. If you haven’t seen a 007 for years, this is the time to jump back in.

There’s a theory that you can grade the Bonds on the quality of their villains. In “Skyfall,” this is a cerebral megalomaniac named Silva, played by Javier Bardem, whose unpronounceable Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men” approached the high-water mark of Hannibal Lecter. Here he plays a bleached blond computer whiz who stole the drive containing the guarded identities of every MI6 agent. Are we supposed to think of Julian Assange?

This is a brand-new Bond with love and respect for the old Bond. This is dramatized during Bond’s visit to the weathered Scottish mansion inhabited by Kincade (Albert Finney), which has secrets to divulge and continues the movie’s rewriting of the character’s back story. During the early Bonds, did we ever even ask ourselves about 007’s origins in life? “Skyfall” even produces a moment designed to inspire love in Bond fans: a reappearance of the Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger,” which remains in good operating condition.

Just as Christopher Nolan gave rebirth to the Batman movies in “The Dark Knight,” here is James Bond lifted up, dusted off, set back on his feet and ready for another 50 years. And am I completely misguided when I expect to see Miss Moneypenny become a Bond girl in the next film?

  • Roger Ebert  –  Roger Ebert
  • Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.

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Skyfall (2012) Credits

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Skyfall (2012)

Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking

143 minutes

Cast

Judi Dench as M

Ralph Fiennes as Mallory

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Naomie Harris as Eve

Ben Whishaw as Q

Albert Finney as Kincade

Javier Bardem as Silva

Directed by

  • Sam Mendes

Written by

  • John Logan
  • Robert Wade
  • Neal Purvis

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Skyfall (2012) Plot

In Istanbul, MI6 agents James Bond and Eve Moneypenny pursue mercenary Patrice, who has stolen a hard drive containing details of undercover agents. As Bond and Patrice fight atop a moving train, M orders Moneypenny to shoot Patrice, despite not having a clear shot; Moneypenny inadvertently hits Bond, who falls into a river. Bond is presumed dead and Patrice escapes with the hard drive.

Three months later, due to a public inquiry into M’s handling of the stolen hard drive, she is pressured to retire by Gareth Mallory, the chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament and a former SAS officer. Although she claims she is still useful, MI6’s servers are hacked, and M receives a taunting computer message moments before the MI6 building explodes.

Bond, who used his presumed death to retire, learns of the attack and returns to service in London. He fails a series of physical, medical, and psychological examinations, but M approves his return to the field, ordering him to identify Patrice’s employer, recover the hard drive, and kill Patrice. He meets Q, MI6’s new quartermaster, who gives him a radio beacon and a Walther PPK pistol.

In Shanghai, Bond follows Patrice but is unable to prevent him killing a target. The two fight and Patrice falls to his death before Bond can learn his employer’s identity. Moneypenny joins Bond in his investigation on orders from Mallory. Bond finds a casino token Patrice intended to cash in for the assassination, leading him to a casino in Macau. There, Bond is approached by Sévérine, Patrice’s accomplice. Recognising her tattoo, he concludes she was a sex slave “rescued” by a criminal who now employs her, a man Bond wishes to meet.

She warns him he is targeted by her bodyguards, but promises to help if Bond kills her employer. Bond thwarts the attack and joins Sévérine on her yacht, the Chimera. They travel to an abandoned island off the coast of Macau, where the crew captures and delivers them to Sévérine’s employer, Raoul Silva. Once an MI6 agent, Silva turned to cyberterrorism and orchestrated the attack on MI6. Silva kills Sévérine, but Bond alerts MI6 reinforcements who capture Silva for rendition to Britain.

At MI6’s new underground headquarters, Q attempts to decrypt Silva’s laptop, but inadvertently gives it access to the MI6 servers, allowing Silva to escape. Q concludes Silva wanted to be captured as part of a plan to kill M, whom he hates for disavowing and betraying him to the Chinese government in 1997, leaving him to be tortured and disfigured by a suicide attempt by cyanide pill. Silva escapes his cell and Bond chases him through the London Underground and thwarts Silva’s attack at a Parliament inquiry where M is present.

Instructing Q and Bill Tanner to leave an electronic trail for Silva to follow, Bond uses his Aston Martin DB5 to take M to Skyfall, his childhood home in the Scottish Highlands. They meet Skyfall’s gamekeeper Kincade, and together the trio set up a series of booby traps throughout the house.

When Silva’s men arrive, Bond, M, and Kincade kill most of them, but M is wounded. Silva arrives by helicopter with more men and heavy weapons, so Bond sends M and Kincade through a priest hole to hide in a nearby chapel, and rigs propane tanks to explode. As the house and the helicopter are destroyed, Bond escapes down the same tunnel.

Silva survives the destruction of the house, following Kincade and M to the chapel. Confronting M, Silva forces his gun into her hand and presses his temple to hers, begging her to kill them both. Bond arrives and kills Silva by throwing a knife into his back. M then succumbs to her wounds and dies in Bond’s arms.

Following M’s funeral, Moneypenny formally introduces herself to Bond and tells him she is retiring from fieldwork to become secretary for Mallory, the newly appointed M. Bond meets with Mallory, and tells him he is ready to get back to work.

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Skyfall (2012) Box office

Skyfall earned $1.109 billion worldwide,[4] and at the time of its release was the highest-grossing film worldwide for Sony Pictures and the second-highest-grossing film of 2012. On its opening weekend, it earned $80.6 million from 25 markets.[118] In the UK the film grossed £20.1 million on its opening weekend, making it the second-highest Friday-to-Sunday debut ever behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. It also achieved the second-highest IMAX debut ever behind The Dark Knight Rises.

The film set a record for the highest seven-day gross with £37.2 million, surpassing previous record holder Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (£35.7 million).[120] By 9 November 2012 the film had earned over £57 million to surpass The Dark Knight Rises as the highest-grossing film of 2012, and the highest-grossing James Bond film of all time in the UK.[121] After 40 days of release the total UK gross stood at £94.28 million, making Skyfall the highest-grossing film in the UK, surpassing the £94.03 million of Avatar.

By 30 December 2012, it had become the first film to gross more than £100 million ($161.6 million) in the UK.[123] Skyfalls box office receipts made it only the 14th film and first Bond film to gross over $1 billion, the seventh-highest-grossing film ever made at the time, pushing it past the inflation-adjusted amount of $1.047 billion earned by Thunderball.

Skyfall set an opening weekend record in Switzerland ($5.3 million) and recorded the second-largest opening weekend of the year for a Hollywood film in India after The Amazing Spider-Man ($5.1 million), as well as grossing $14.3 million on its opening weekend in France.[126] In Austria, it achieved the second-highest opening weekend ever ($3.4 million) behind The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, while in Finland, it scored the largest opening weekend when excluding previews ($1.47 million).

In North America, the film opened in 3,505 cinemas, the widest opening for a Bond film.[128] The film earned $2.4 million from midnight showings on its opening day and a further $2.2 million from IMAX and large-format cinemas.[128] Skyfall went on to gross $30.8 million on its opening day in the US and Canada,[129] and $88.4 million in its opening weekend, the biggest debut yet for a Bond film.[130] By the end of its theatrical run, the film earned $304.4 million in the United States and Canada, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2012 in these regions.

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Skyfall (2012) Critical Response

Skyfall received “generally positive reviews from critics and fans”, according to the GlobalPost.[132] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an approval rating of 92% based on 384 reviews, with an average rating of 8.20/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date.”

On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100 based on 49 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.[134] CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade filmgoers gave the film was an “A” on an A+ to F scale.[135]

A number of critics, including Kate Muir, reviewing for The Times, Philip French, writing in The Observer, IGN’s Daniel Krupa and the reviewers for the Irish Independent and the Daily Record, all asked whether Skyfall was the best Bond film produced.[136] The Daily Telegraphs film reviewer, Robbie Collin, considered Skyfall to be “often dazzling, always audacious”,[30] with excellent action sequences in a film that contained humour and emotion.

Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter thought that Skyfall was “dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor”,[137] going on to say that it was a film that had “some weight and complexity to it”.

Variety‘s Peter DeBruge suggested that the film’s greatest strength lay in its willingness to put as much focus on characterisation as it did action set-pieces, allowing the two to co-exist rather than compete for the audience’s attention,[138] while Manohla Dargis, reviewing for The New York Times, considered Skyfall to be “a superior follow-up to Casino Royale[139] which is “opulent rather than outlandish and insistently, progressively low-key”.[139]

Kim Newman, reviewing the film for Empire, concluded, “Skyfall is pretty much all you could want from a 21st Century Bond: cool but not camp, respectful of tradition but up to the moment, serious in its thrills and relatively complex in its characters but with the sense of fun that hasn’t always been evident lately”.[140] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, describing it as “a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon”.

Reviewing for the New Statesman, Ryan Gilbey saw that “nostalgia permeates the movie”,[142] going on to say that “sometimes the old ways are the best”.[142]

A number of reviewers praised Daniel Craig’s lead performance. Roger Ebert believed that in Skyfall, “Daniel Craig [takes] full possession of a role he earlier played well in ‘Casino Royale,’ not so well in ‘Quantum'”;[141] Philip French commented that “Craig manages to get out of the shadow of [Sean] Connery”;

while Daniel Krupa thought Craig’s Bond was a “defining performance” for “a great actor”.[144] Edward Porter, writing in The Sunday Times, considered that “Craig has developed an authoritative Bond persona, dry and intelligent”.[145] Ryan Gilbey thought Craig had “relaxed into Bond without losing any steeliness”.[142]

The supporting cast also received praise. Roger Ebert reflected that Skyfall “at last provides a role worthy of Judi Dench, one of the best actors of her generation. She is all but the co-star of the film, with a lot of screen time, poignant dialogue, and a character who is far more complex and sympathetic than we expect in this series”.[141] Jenny McCartney, writing in The Sunday Telegraph, agreed, describing Dench as “compellingly luminous” in the film, and the one that “the camera caresses most meaningfully and often”.

McCartney thought Javier Bardem played Silva “with worrisome élan”,[146] while Henry K Miller considered his character “the most authentically Bondian Bond villain in decades”.[147] A number of critics noted the strength of the supporting cast; Kim Newman found the “warmth and gravitas” of Finney’s performance noteworthy,[140] while other reviewers, including Edward Porter, Daniel Krupa and The Playlists Oliver Lyttelton, singled out Ralph Fiennes as Mallory and Ben Whishaw as Q.[148]

Ann Hornaday, writing for The Washington Post, thought Sam Mendes had reinvigorated the series, with Skyfall being “sleek, crisp, classy … exhibiting just the right proportion of respect for legacy and embrace of novelty”.[149] Henry K. Miller of Sight & Sound agreed, and praised Mendes, who he thought was worthy of directing more Bond films.[147] Kim Newman also praised Mendes’s direction of the action sequences.

The work of cinematographer Roger Deakins also received praise: Newman commented that he “delivers the most impressive visuals this series has had since the 1960s”,[140] and Miller described the film as “dazzlingly photographed”.[147]

The film did not escape criticism, with reviews pointing to its two and a half-hour running time, and the final third of the film being “protracted”, and not matching the first two thirds in its momentum as the underlying flaws in the film.[150][151] Xan Brooks of The Guardian, in an otherwise positive review, criticised the “touchy-feely indulgence” of “the bold decision to open Bond up – to probe at the character’s back-story and raise a toast to his relationship with M”.

Daniel Krupa also singled out Naomie Harris as “awkward” and having “virtually non-existent chemistry” with Craig.[144] Similarly Philip French in The Observer tempered his praise for the film by highlighting “some lazy repetition” and argued, “the badinage is often perfunctory and Bond is as usual captured too easily and too easily escapes”.

Edward Porter, writing in The Sunday Times, considered that while aspects of the film were “achieved with wit and panache”,[145] he found that the climax to the film was slightly disappointing, although the “weaknesses in the final stages are not serious, however, and the film’s brief epilogue is wonderful”.

 

Skyfall (2012) Accolades

List of awards and nominations
Award Year Category Recipient Result
Academy Awards 2012 Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated
Best Original Score Thomas Newman Nominated
Best Original Song “Skyfall” (Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth) Won
Best Sound Editing Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers Won1
Best Sound Mixing Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards 2012 Excellence in Production Design for a Contemporary Film Dennis Gassner Won
British Academy Film Awards 2012 Outstanding British Film Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan Won
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Javier Bardem Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Judi Dench Nominated
Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated
Best Editing Stuart Baird Nominated
Best Production Design Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock Nominated
Best Original Music Thomas Newman Won
Best Sound Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Best Supporting Actor Javier Bardem Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Judi Dench Nominated
Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated
Best Song “Skyfall” (Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth) Won
Best Action Movie Won
Best Actor in an Action Movie Daniel Craig Won
Best Actress in an Action Movie Judi Dench Nominated
Empire Awards 2012 Best Film Won
Best British Film Nominated
Best Director Sam Mendes Won
Best Actor Daniel Craig Nominated
Best Actress Judi Dench Nominated
Best Thriller Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association 2012 Best Supporting Actress Judi Dench Nominated
Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated
Best Editing Stuart Baird Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2012 Best Original Song “Skyfall” (Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth) Won
Grammy Awards 2014 Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Thomas Newman Won
Best Song Written for Visual Media “Skyfall” (Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth) Won
International Film Music Critics Association Awards 2013 Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film Thomas Newman Won
Jupiter Award 2012 Best International Movie Sam Mendes Won2
London Film Critics Circle Awards 2012 Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role Javier Bardem Nominated
Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role Judi Dench Nominated
Best British or Irish Film of the Year Nominated
British Actor of the Year Daniel Craig Nominated
British Actress of the Year Judi Dench (shared with her role in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Won
Producers Guild of America Awards 2012 Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson Nominated
Satellite Awards 2012 Best Film Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Javier Bardem Won
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Judi Dench Nominated
Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated
Best Original Score Thomas Newman Nominated
Best Original Song “Skyfall” (Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth) Nominated
Best Visual Effects Steve Begg, Arundi Asregadoo, Andrew Whitehurst Nominated
Saturn Awards 2012 Best Action or Adventure Film Won
Best Actor Daniel Craig Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Javier Bardem Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Judi Dench Nominated
Best Editing Stuart Baird, Kate Baird Nominated
Best Music Thomas Newman Nominated
Best Make-up Naomi Donne, Donald Mowat, Love Larson Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Javier Bardem Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Best Supporting Actor Javier Bardem Nominated
Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated

Skyfall (2012) Movie Info

When James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) latest assignment goes terribly wrong, it leads to a calamitous turn of events: Undercover agents around the world are exposed, and MI6 is attacked, forcing M (Judi Dench) to relocate the agency. With MI6 now compromised inside and out, M turns to the one man she can trust: Bond. Aided only by a field agent (Naomie Harris), Bond takes to the shadows and follows a trail to Silva (Javier Bardem), a man from M’s past who wants to settle an old score.

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