Skyfall ★★★★

100-word review: The traditional Secret Intelligence Service's adaptation to a new generation of (cyber) criminality and terrorism, allegorically embodied by the recovering-from-death (shot at the end of the opening scene) "old dog" James Bond, culminating in the brief return, but ultimate destruction, of the Aston Martin DB5 symbol, and concurrent resurrection of the established Bond context (with Q, Moneypenny, and a male M). A brilliant metaphor, coupled with brilliant performances by the two last remaining rats. Loved this one endlessly more upon rewatch; may very well be my second-favourite Bond film. The hype for No Time to Die surges.

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