Skyfall ★★★★½

Quite simply the best looking Bond movie ever. No real surprise given that the master himself, Roger Deakins, is the cinematographer for Skyfall (2012). The whole film looks amazing, but those closing moments against the burning backdrop of Bond’s family home is utterly breathtaking.

The screenwriting team must also be applauded for their ballsy treatment of 007’s story arc. I love the whole Scotland thing and to think none of that would’ve happened if it wasn’t for the casting of Sean Connery just puts a smile on my face. Then there’s the ‘Moneypenny’, ‘Q’ and DB5 moments that always make me beam from ear to ear. Never in the history of this series of films have both story and character arcs been so prominent than in the Daniel Craig era as EON continue to acknowledge the importance of franchise storytelling.

Last and by no means least, director Sam Mendes gets a pat on the back for what is a beautifully worked picture. His attention to detail on both his plot and characters is so well orchestrated that, if it wasn’t for the slight lull at the midway point, this film would probably be my favourite Bond movie ever.

Format: 4K (Dolby Vision)

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