Skyfall Review

Skyfall Review

I took today’s quote from E.B. White a bit too literally recently and decided to do something I haven’t done for ages…I decided to take a day off trying to ‘change the world’ and just ‘have one hell of a good time” so I took the wife out to the movies.  Wasn’t planning on doing a review but a few aspects of the movie caught my imagination so I thought I’d pass along an abbreviated Skyfall Review.

For those of you not familiar with Skyfall, it’s the latest James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig…it’s also a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the franchise.  I’ve been a fan of Ian Fleming’s characters since first reading the books as a kid (long before you could catch up on the movies with cable TV or on demand video).  Interesting aside, Fleming was a British Naval Intelligence officer and also wrote the novel Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang.

Unfortunately, the producers ran out of original Ian Fleming books to film years ago but the same family that produced the early movies continues to do so today…and they’re very good at it.  Barbara Broccoli took over the producer’s chair from her late father Cubby years ago and has the same knack for making an action packed picture with exotic locations, fast cars and faster women as her daddy did.  Interesting aside, one of Broccoli’s ancestors actually developed and popularized a vegetable…can’t remember which one…

Anyway, back to the movie and no spoilers.  Skyfall has everything you expect in a bond film which are, let’s face it, formulaic…but it also is a celebration of the Bond franchise with nostalgia inspiring twists and a role that had to have been written for the original Bond, Sean Connery to play…unfortunately he didn’t.

The movie also has a few very strong messages that struck a cord with me:

  1. Skyfall PosterThe old ways of doing things still work
  2. Cold War warriors still have value in this hyper-connected world of asymmetric threats
  3. Human Intelligence (HUMINT) is more important now than ever

Now we all know that Bond films have the same relationship to the profession of intelligence as the movie Bambi has to life in the forest, but that doesn’t mean that these messages are any less true or worth noting.  I appreciate these themes as an old guy, a former Cold War warrior and as an intelligence officer.

If you’re looking for a bit more of a preparedness angle to this film…check out how they prep the manor house for the final battle…but definitely don’t try that at home!

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When I was a kid we had to wait for a local theater to run a James Bond Film Festival to watch the old movies…now you can watch online for less than 2 bucks!

Dr. No, 1962, Sean Connery

From Russia With Love, 1963, Sean Connery

Goldfinger, 1964, Sean Connery

Thunderball, 1965, Sean Connery

You Only Live Twice, 1967, Sean Connery

Casino Royale [spoof], 1967, David Niven & Woody Allen

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969, George Lazenby

Diamonds Are Forever, 1971, Sean Connery

Live And Let Die, 1973, Roger Moore

The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974, Roger Moore

The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977, Roger Moore

Moonraker, 1979, Roger Moore

For Your Eyes Only, 1981, Roger Moore

Never Say Never Again, 1983, Sean Connery

Octopussy, 1983, Roger Moore

A View To A Kill, 1985, Roger Moore

The Living Daylights, 1987, Timothy Dalton

License To Kill, 1989, Timothy Dalton

Goldeneye, 1995, Pierce Brosnan

Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997, Pierce Brosnan

The World Is Not Enough, 1999, Pierce Brosnan

Die Another Day, 2002, Pierce Brosnan

Casino Royale, 2006, Daniel Craig

Quantum Of Solace, 2008, Daniel Craig

Skyfall [Trailer], 2012 Daniel Craig

 

 

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