Skyfall

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Reviewed by Sam Robinson

Rated M. Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes

[Stars: 5/5]

Fifty years have passed since Sean Connery graced our screens in Dr. No, and the James Bond franchise is still going strong. In fact, Skyfall – while incorporating many a nostalgic nod to the past half-century – is one of the series’ best installments yet.

Daniel Craig returns (along with his pouty lips) as James Bond. A hard drive which contains a list of NATO operatives has been stolen and Bond takes it upon himself to retrieve it before names are published online and MI6 is compromised.

I was one of many people who saw Quantum of Solace in 2008 and left the cinema disappointed, with no idea of what had just happened in the past two hours of my life, other than the fact that I had popcorn husks in my teeth. Thankfully though, Skyfall is easy to follow, entertaining and crammed with brilliantly-choreographed action scenes. How they filmed the fight scene atop a fast-moving train astounds me!

But what makes this film stands out amongst others is the way it delves into who James Bond is. So often the films run through the motions of guns, girls, gadgets, and the scar-faced bad guy stroking a cat, but here we actually get to discover things about 007 that we never knew.

I’ll avoid spoilers but there is an incident at the start of the film that shakes James Bond up – just like his favourite martini – yes, I went there. Suddenly our fearless hero has chinks in his armour. It’s so strange to watch him and not see him in the usual perfect light we usually do. His ‘resurrection’ from a presumed death sees him take on a mission when he isn’t fit for doing so, and as a viewer, you can’t help but fear the worst for the usually infallible protagonist.

It’s a good reminder for us that Bond is human; but in the case of Jesus, his resurrection is perfect. And for us, he makes us perfect in our resurrection too. 1 Corinthians 15:42-45 says:

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

Jesus has taken our sin and death on himself and has been raised from the dead, and in his grace, brings us from death to life too. But he makes us perfect! James Bond emerges as a human filled with faults and imperfections, but we will be raised even more perfect than this action hero. No chinks, but only due to what Jesus has done for us.

In my opinion, Skyfall is the best Bond film since 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies. I’m giving it my first ever score of five stars out of five. Which means you best get yourself the DVD, Aston Martin optional.

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