Last Thursday I was lucky enough to attend a media screening of the highly anticipated, 23rd Bond instalment, Skyfall. Whilst spending my lunchtime speaking to BT and reheating the previous night’s pasta bake was a flawless plan, I felt attending the screening was something I couldn’t pass up on.
Left with a sour taste in my mouth from the last bond venture, A Quantum of Solace, I was feeling sceptical about Skyfall. Whilst it’s been one of my most anticipated releases of the year, I was hesitant to throw my full enthusiasm into it in the interest of avoiding disappointment.
After entering the plush Sony screening room with dubiety squashing my child-like excitement, I am happy to confirm that I left the screening grinning like a 6 year old that’s overdosed on Sunny Delight.
The film opened with, in my opinion, one of the best Bond opening sequences ever full of adrenaline and excitement. The opening credits were equally as breath-taking with Adele perfectly complimenting the stunning visual credits we’ve come to expect from the Bond franchise.
Out of respect for the obvious hard work that’s gone into Skyfall, I won’t comment on any particulars but rest assured that Skyfall is a stunning credit to the franchise and a fitting title for the 50 year anniversary of Bond. It feels modern whilst respecting the heritage of Bond and delivers set pieces that will leave both the new and old Bond enthusiasts gagging for more. One noteworthy scene, set on the London Underground, left me jaw dropped and pleased that even top-secret spies suffer from commuter woes.
As always the casting is spot on with Javier Bardem stealing the show as a modern and suitably deranged Bond villain.
In summary, Skyfall encompasses everything we love about Bond and more; fun, thrilling and seriously cool. This latest instalment will leave all fans fulfilled and no doubt yield monstrous takings at the Box Office.
I’m now off to douse myself in samples of the latest 007 fragrance, hoping that some of the coolness rubs off (it won’t).
Skyfall releases this Friday 26th October.