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Reel Reviews: Bond is back in fighting form

James Bond (Daniel Craig) takes his Aston Martin DB5 for a spin in Skyfall. - Francois Duhamel//Columbia Pictures
James Bond (Daniel Craig) takes his Aston Martin DB5 for a spin in Skyfall.
— image credit: Francois Duhamel//Columbia Pictures

When a hard drive containing the names of 100 NATO spies is stolen, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is sent to retrieve it, at any cost.

On the trail of the culprits, 007 discovers a threat that hits too close to home. Now that his past is catching up with him, he’ll face an even more uncertain future.

We say, “Best Bond ever.”

TAYLOR: Our special guest tonight is actor, producer and resident Bond expert, Dan Toolsie. What did you think of the movie Dan?

TOOLSIE: I liked it. No time is wasted getting to the action. The first eight minutes or so is a non-stop “oh my goodness that just happened” action sequence. But after that I found if you wanted to know why anything was going on, you had to pay very close attention to everything that happened and remember each little hint.

HOWE: I agree with you on that. I loved Skyfall. Bond movies really do set the standard for action films these days, and one thing you have to keep in mind, they do a lot of old-school filming. They hardly rely on CGI for their special effects. For example in the opening chase scene, they used more than 30 Audis, 20 odd Land Rovers, and a couple of motorbikes.

TAYLOR: Daniel Craig is my favourite Bond, because although the stories are still fantastic, he and his modern treatment of the character are more realistic. Bond is a pill popping alcoholic womanizer with an attitude problem and a license to kill. He’s not cheeky. He’s not cute. He’s got problems. As for Skyfall, I liked its ability to nearly mask the fact that my butt would’ve preferred a shorter film.

TOOLSIE: This installment is not without its traditional Bond flavour. There were a few one-liners that had me laughing, Bond finding himself in the company of exotic women and a fancy British car that, well, I don’t want to ruin it for you. I was hoping I’d see some new 21st century gadgetry in this one, but I didn’t. You pretty much saw it all in the preview.

HOWE: Javier Bardem gave a great performance as the bad guy, Silva. He felt like an old time baddie. The whole movie felt old yet modern. Even the opening theme tune they got right this time, going back to their roots, having the powerful Adele sing rather than some naff pop group.

TOOLSIE: For fans of the books, like myself, there are a couple allusions to Bond’s past, such as his parents and his history in Scotland. It also dives deep into the storied relationship between 007 and M.

TAYLOR: This film unfolds a Bond drama that we’ve never seen before and that not only creates a realistic excitement, but sets up future films as well. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It’s nearly perfect.

–– Taylor gives Skyfall 4 Qs out of 5.

–– Howe gives it 4.5 scorpions out of 5.

–– Toolsie gives it 6 out of 8 possible Walther PPK rounds, but that’s classified.

The film is currently showing at the Galaxy Cinemas in Vernon.

Brian Taylor and Peter Howe are movie reviewers living in Vernon, B.C.

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