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Skyfall

00:00 October 29, 2012
By: Fritz Esker
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The James Bond franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary with the release of Skyfall, the 3rd film to star Daniel Craig. The end result is one that Bond devotees will neither cherish nor scorn. Sam Mendes (who won an Oscar for American Beauty) directs this installment, and he brings a visual flair that's lacking from most of the Bond films. Ralph Fiennes (as a British government official) and Javier Bardem (as the villain) also bring an added touch of class to this installment. After Bond is presumed dead following a fall from a bridge, he returns to action when MI6's headquarters are bombed. The bombing is accompanied by the threat to disclose the identities of undercover MI6 agents. Bardem's villain has a particular interest in M (Judi Dench), Bond's motherly but ruthless boss. But the plot really doesn't matter much. While is better than Quantum of Solace, it lacks the freshness of Craig's debut Casino Royale. And like all of the Craig films, this one is a little too long (143 minutes). It goes through the paces reasonably well, but it's something you've seen before. If you like Bond, you'll probably enjoy it. If you don't, there's nothing new to catch your attention.

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