007, Reporting for Duty
Bond, James Bond. Admit it; you read that with an accent. Was it Scottish? The upcoming Blu-ray release of Skyfall ($25) could cause you to reconsider your lilt. Under the direction of Sam Mendes, in what is certainly the most visually stunning of the franchise, Daniel Craig delivers a 007 that easily challenges Connery for the crown.
Back from the dead and debating his role as M’s go-to assassin, Craig plays Bond with the gritty edge of a bare-knuckle boxer who just happens to have been to finishing school. The slightly unbalanced persona pays dividends in this twenty-third tour of duty for the Bond franchise, creating an entertaining juxtaposition to Javier Bardem’s portrayal of Silva, an ex-agent bent on taking down MI-6. From the opening scene to the final credits, Skyfall provides a piercing glimpse into the man behind the gun. The charisma, the panache, the toys, the women. Nobody does it better. That said, we’re still holding out for the collector’s edition.