NOTE: THIS IS FOR TRUE HARDCORE BOND FANS ONLY. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO LIKE THIS NEW AGE BOURNE INSPIRED BOND BULLSHIT, THEN PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. THAT ASIDE, I HAVE NOTHING PERSONALLY AGAINST BOURNE AND THINK HIS BOOKS ARE FANTASTIC (NEVER HAVE EVER SEEN ANOTHER BOOK BETTER WRITTEN THAN THE BOURNE SUPREMACY) BUT COME ON, HIS FILMS ARE SUBSTANDARD COMPARED TO HIS BOOKS BY ROBERT LUDLUM.
After watching Quantum of Solace, I thought nothing worse could ever happen to the Bond Franchise. No wonder they took 4 years to make the next one, with all sorts of stupid news ranging from Freida Pinto as Bond girl to scrapping of the franchise doing the rounds in the interim. A movie where Bond goes out on a personal vendetta turning his back on Queen and Country, you must be kidding me. The basic premise of Bond’s existence is his loyalty to Queen and Country. He embodies the true British trait of never complaining and putting up with everything. He fully understands his occupational hazards and knows that he will be given up and declared as an invalid person on capture or death. In Skyfall, this is shown as he confronts M on his resurrection and she tells him that he knew the rules all along. Such a person never takes on cases of personal vendetta, let alone disobey direct orders from the establishment. Compared to this, Jason Bourne of the movies is just a loose end, that the CIA fails to tie up and eventually comes back to bite them hard on their asses. That aside, after I thought Quantum of Solace was the worst and it cannot be more worse, I must say that Skyfall made a mockery of all my fears.
Skyfall started really well and promised a lot, till, well, when Javier Bardem showed up. Now now, Bond villains are these noble, gentlemanly, evil people with grand schemes of World domination or profit making and who normally do not bat an eyelid while showcasing their cruel and sinister style. Here, you have a villain with explicit homosexual tendencies, whose only purpose is to destroy M, not even the institution of M, but only the present lady who occupies the position. Never before has there been a villain with such low level ambitions. It would suffice to say, for all of Bardem’s brilliant acting, the character he portrays is a disgrace to all the Bond villains of the yore, esp. Scaramanga, Goldfinger and Blofeld. There were too many shades of Joker in the villain. I will not elaborate, but you will sense it nevertheless.
As far as the latter part of the movie is concerned, I have two words, HOME ALONE. Even if we assume that we understand the reason for Bond’s escape to Scotland, it was nothing but a bloody rerun of a more violent version of Home Alone series that was on display here. You do not just ask the director of American Beauty to direct a Bond movie( even though he directed Road to Perdition, which was an awesome movie). This movie would certainly cause the body of Ian Fleming to turn in his grave. The only good thing about the movie apart from the beginning part was the end part. As the end shows us, the future looks really bright, with Ralph Fiennes as M, one can’t really wait to see the return of the cold, non-emotional, macho, male chauvinistic, misogynist aka Commander James Bond of the yore, the protector of the realm of Queen’s own country.
Even before the movie was released here, I read an article in the Daily Mail of UK, that the movie was worthy of Oscars. I knew then and there, that something was wrong with Skyfall. A Bond movie worthy of Oscars, that too for Best Actor, what next, Osama bin Laden nominated for Noble Peace Prize. My hunches where correct. An emotional Bond revisiting his past to save the woman who is like a motherly figure to him. This is as far as Bond can be from his original avatar. Come on mate, all that this movie has showcased is against the basic nature and premise of Bond’s character. I am truly and really disappointed for Skyfall, and this would rest assured be the thought of any true original Bond fans. But for all those new age Nolan inspired, reality seeking, neo-Bond fans, Skyfall is the Bond movie they need, but not the one they deserve, cause they do not deserve Bond movies at all. If Bond movies of the yore were like Test matches, the present one was nothing but a 5 over sham affair, putting the whole institution of Bond to shame. After all, Bond is a character of Fictional nature and has his peculiar unbelievable qualities and, we have learn to accept him as the same British person with a stiff upper lip that he is, and not convert him to some bloody emotional affectionate Yank spy.
Bottomline: A nostalgic emotional film about a orphan’s deep love and affection for his mentor, who fulfills the role of a mother in his life, coupled with regressively developing technological implements, with major plot elements borrowed from the Dark Knight and Home Alone series(yeah, the same 1990’s one) with a tinge of exoticity. By the way, it is actually the latest film in the James Bond franchise.