{5/5} “What did you expect, an exploding pen?”

A hard drive is stolen from MI6 that has on it a list of agents embedded in terrorist organizations around the world. James Bond chased the person who stole the hard drive and is wrestling with him on top of a train when another agent has them in her sights. M orders the agent to take the shot, because all of the agents on the hard drive are more important than one agent named Bond. Bond is hit, and presumed dead. When he recovers he’s tasked with tracking down the person who stole the hard drive — someone who holds a grudge against M.

Skyfall, released in 2012

This is an amazing movie — the excitement starts right away and never lets up. It’s action packed, it’s funny, and it’s beautifully shot. Aside from knowing that James Bond will survive, you don’t know what’s going to happen.

There are more scenes with M than any other Bond movie — which is great, because you can never have too much Judi Dench. There are several fiendishly clever tie-ins to previous Bond movies. The movie is longer than 2 hours but it certainly doesn’t feel long.

Skyfall joins my list of the best action movies.

I’ve seen all but one of the James Bond movies — maybe one of these days I will watch some of the older ones to see what I think of them now.

The music by Thomas Newman (WALL-E) is fabulous. He uses just the right amount of the James Bond theme — sometimes he uses the theme outright, and sometimes he uses a piece of it woven into his own music. I particularly like the tracks “Grand Bazaar, Istanbul” and “The Chimera.” The song sung by Adele is also catchy.

Bond is played by Daniel Craig (Layer Cake) — it’s his third time as Bond. M is played by Judi Dench (Mrs Henderson Presents) — it’s her seventh time as M. Silva is played by Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside). Q is played by Ben Whishaw (Bright Star) — it’s his first time as Q. Ralph Fiennes (The Reader), Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), and Albert Finney (Big Fish) are along for the ride.

The movie was directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty).

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