Ian Fleming's character James Bond, Agent 007 (Daniel Craig) is back for a 23rd go-round on the big screen in "Skyfall" and this time it's Bond and his colleagues at MI6 on the run as an exclusive list of top secret agents fall into the hands of a madman bent on paying back all of those associated with the organization's leader M (Judi Dench).
The "Blond Bond" - as Craig is recognized - in his third film as the iconic spy does the beloved character justice, portrays him as a flawed, aging and vulnerable action hero. He's doing what he can to protect the agency to which he has sworn his allegiance from terrorist Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).
Bardem, who earned his fame as the air compressor wielding, hired-killer in "No Country For Old Men, " is even creepier in this big screen effort, if that's even imaginable. He is obsessed with the destruction of M and her agents, and he revels in their impending doom, while smiling and baiting Bond at every turn.
With MI6 crashing down around her, M is under the watchful eye of Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), with the Ministry of Defense. Mallory wants M to step down and Bond out of the equation, viewing him as out-of-shape and incapable of maintaining the level of skill necessary to remain a double-0.
As always, Bond's pursuit takes him well beyond the borders of London, resulting in a daring motorcycle chase across the rooftops of Istanbul to a final battle at his childhood home in Scotland. What makes this Bond unique is the fact that the MI6 team is the prey and the enemy seems to have the upper hand at every turn.
Great entertainment, well directed - a credit to Sam Mendes - and sure to be a classic in the ever expanding Bond movie universe.
We are also introduced to Bond's secretarial flirt, Miss Moneypenny, and weapons and gizmos expert Q - both of whom are staples in the 007 universe. This is their first appearance in a Craig Bond film.
On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, Skyfall drops in with 4. Although you might want to dig around in the bucket a bit to see what secrets you uncover. A strange hair or random Mike and Ike may show up. MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent