08 Apr

“We meet again, Mr Bond …”

James Bond 007 (played by Daniel Craig) is on assignment, but during an action-packed pursuit something goes seriously wrong. Left at the mercy of British field agent Eve (by Naomie Harris) and her skills, Bond is in a precarious situation. M (by Judi Dench) takes drastic action on behalf of the British Government, but somehow M16 gets compromised and a security breach leads to agents across the globe at risk of being exposed. After serious threats, then attacks, M must act fast – relocate the agency and protect her staff (putting her own life at grave risk). Her authority and position are challenged by the new Chairman of Intelligence & Security, Minister Gareth Mallory (by Ralph Fiennes). But M is adamant and won’t give in to political pressure – she is left with only one ally she can trust: Bond. He and Eve follow a trail to unravel the threats and mystery … directly into the hands of the evil Silva (by Javier Bardem), who has lethal and hidden motives …

As Bond movies go, this 23rd offering is one of the best. The action sequences are well done, very little time is wasted on glamour and romance (thank goodness, in my view the last couple of Bond movies had been overdone in this respect) and here M takes a far more active role which is great. Javier Bardem is particularly good as Silva. The main cast are well supported by Albert Finney as Kincade and our new “Q” is very comfortable in his role – well done Ben Whishaw. In the 2013 Academy Award (Oscar) presentations, this movie won the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song (sung by Adele) and tied for Best Achievement in Sound Editing with “Zero Dark Thirty”. It was also nominated for Best Achievements in Cinematography, Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) and for Sound Mixing. It’s a good movie.

Made in 2012. Directed by Sam Mendes

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