LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's film critic Jonathan Nettles takes a look at the new James Bond film.
I'll go ahead and throw it out there. Skyfall, in my opinion is the best James Bond movie to date. Okay, I'll back off of that a little bit. It's the best one since 1969 and easily better than anyone starring Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig (See what I did there?).
The story is that a hard drive with the names of deep cover operatives has been stolen and after M and MI6 are targeted, James Bond is set to find out who has stolen the drive and prevent the names from being released. Of course, he uncovers a plot that is more personal and more sinister than he could have imagined; a plot that strikes at the very core of the British Secret Service.
Skyfall has everything you'd like in a bond film: a diabolical villain, a witty James Bond, a few gadgets, and the coolest car on the planet. Coincidentally, those are also the things that the last two Bond films have been missing. Casino Royale gave us more ruthless 007 while Quantum of Solace has given us one that is bent on vengeance. The former was a great Bond film while I always felt the latter could have been anyone besides 007 in that situation. What ultimately makes a Bond film a Bond film is the feeling that only James Bond can save us.
I can't talk enough about Javier Bardem's villain. He's the most diabolical we've seen in a while, as with the last two villains, one of them had an inhaler and the other looked like a frog. He's not so much ruthless as he is careful. He's very much like The Dark Knight's Joker in that he is bent on keeping people in chaos on keep on coming. Director Sam Mendes actually said that he was inspired by The Dark Knight when making this film.
What's really great about Skyfall is that it brings the Daniel Craig James Bond story back to its roots. In Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace we followed the Vespa/Quantum story line but Bond was more of a rogue agent acting separately and often defiantly of MI6. Skyfall brings him back under that umbrella, leaves the previous story behind and finally gets back to being a true James Bond film.
I'm going to leave it up to you to decide who the best actor to play Bond is but Daniel Craig has my vote. Everyone has their favorite.