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November 15, 2012

"Skyfall" adds humanity to Bond's invulnerability

LAKE OCONEE — "Skyfall"

Rated PG-13 (for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking).

Skyfall is the 23rd Bond film and yet it still remains crisp and spry.  The same thing can’t be said of Mr. Bond.  He is beginning to show signs of age; getting a little slow and creaky.  Perhaps this may be due to the aging demographic of Bond-age fans and this helps create a bond with Bond?

The film seems determined to be respectful of Bondian traditions, while showing some Bondian originality.  After all, one goes to a Bond film to see exotic locations, furious action, absurd predicaments, campy cinematic trickery, the Bond girls, and perhaps most importantly the Boris and Natasha villains.

The film opens with Bond and his fellow field agent Eve (Naomie Harris) who are chasing a bad guy in sunny Istanbul who has stolen a list of undercover agents. We discover that “M” (Judi Dench) and a team from MI6 listen in and receive real-time reports.  We get a special treat watching Bond crunch a half dozen VW Beetles but it all comes down to Bond and bad guy smacking each other atop a moving train and in the rifle scope of Eve.  Bond and bad guy are at a draw and time is running out and so “M” calls the shot---literally---and Eve takes it---but hits Bond. Twenty minutes into the film, Bond is dead.

Of course, he isn’t.  Nay, he just is bumping and grinding with a native girl and shooting shots with scorpions on some island pretending to be dead…until Wolf Blitzer of CNN tells him that the MI6 HQ has had a massive gas explosion almost killing “M.”  Britannia needs him and so Bond returns.  “M” is not amused that he took his time and didn’t even care to drop her a postcard. "M" is peeved and one tries ever so much not to peeve Mum.

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