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Film Review – Skyfall

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g3ulqKGjDirector: Sam Mendes

Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan, Ian Fleming

Starring: Daniel Craig, Judy Dench, Javier Bardem

Certificate: 12A

“England… Mi6… so old-fashioned!” 

Bond used to be simple. You either loved it or were entirely indifferent to it. Only now there are those who love classic Bond but hate the new dark and edgy incarnation, and so we end up with the odd chimera which is Skyfall – something of a compromise between the two era’s which potentially could please both groups, or alienate everybody.

For an outsider the rebirth of Bond made total sense. The character had become a dinosaur, a tragi-comic caricature continually dragged out from an age long past to make a quick buck.  His habitual quipping in the face of mortal danger, serial womanising, and world built upon clichés had grown ever more embarrassing, and once the unfashionable spy genre had been rejuvenated in the guise of violent and edgy thrillers led by hard as nails protagonists who actually got down to the dirty business of espionage, the…

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