I don’t consider myself a massive Bond fan, indeed the Sean Connery-ish nature of Tom Hardy’s voice in The Dark Knight Rises was enough to make me gag over repressed memories of a hollowed out volcano fight against ninjas (seriously, who ever thinks these are good ideas?)
However, when Casino Royale was released I started paying more attention: this was a Bond very grounded, very emotional and evolving in a world where we would no longer accept Pierce Brosnan wind surfing a tidal wave created by a falling glacier warmed up by a giant mirror as a normal thing to have happened.
Quantum of Solace then came along to teach us that everyone makes mistakes, like a gunman shooting someone in the wrong part of the skull and inadvertently giving them an invulnerability to pain. In more ways than one, the film was something of a step backwards, to say the least.
But then Skyfall brought with it such a monstrous reputation that it was impossible not to get excited about a Bond that looked to bring every inch of Casino Royale back, with some added stylish panache and further opportunity for Judi Dench to show off her acting chops.
It’s a shame then really that Sam Mendes’ take on the franchise came as close to its target as anyone who has ever tried to fatally shoot 007, ever.
But, just how did such a mega smash hit fail so tragically in its execution? Click within to reveal my four biggest criticisms of Skyfall…
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