Skyfall

  • 5 Stars
  • Released 11/9/2012
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
  • Budget: $200 million
  • Gross: $1.108 billion

By: Scott Emigh, Sandite Pride Editor

Three straight Bond films with a rooftop chase in the opening sequence. I'd say it was getting old, but this was the best one yet. Naomie Harris's character may be new, but she's so convincing in her role that she immediately feels like more of a protagonist than Jeffrey Wright ever did in the first two films. 

Daniel Craig's Bond has been one of the best since the very beginning, but in Skyfall he takes it to a new depth and really establishes the character as his own. The third installment in the current arc is easily the best of its series, and arguably the best Bond ever. Skyfall explores the darker places of Bond's past and brings him into reality as more than just a legend, but a real human being.

In many ways, this is as much a film about M as it is about 007. Judi Dench's performance was outstanding and a worthy final chapter to her time in the Bond franchise.

It has its flaws and lapses in narrative flow, but as a whole, Skyfall blends the best of modern gritty action with some of the more memorable antiquities of the earlier Bond films, to create a tapestry of brilliant cinematography and story. 

85th Academy Awards

  • Best Original Score; Thomas Newman--Nominated
  • Best Sound Mixing; Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell--Nominated
  • Best Cinematography; Roger Deakins--Nominated
  • Best Original Song; "Skyfall" (Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth)--WON
  • Best Sound Editing; Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers--WON

Skyfall was nominated for a total of 59 awards--wining 18, including 2 Oscars, 2 Grammy's, and 2 BAFTAs.