CINEMA REVIEW: Skyfall shakes and stirs new series up into a delightful film

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions' action adventure SKYFALL.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions' action adventure SKYFALL.

Our reviewer Gavin Miller looks at the new James Bond film Skyfall and gives it four out of five stars.

The sky’s the limit for the James Bond franchise after this pulsating entry in the 007 canon lives up to the hype which has been created.

In the 50th anniversary year of Britain’s most-beloved spy, Skyfall proves to be a golden addition to the series.

The British cast of Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw feeds off Daniel Craig’s exemplary performance – topped by Javier Bardem’s sizzling bad guy.

The expert direction of Oscar-winning Sam Mendes makes the most of a terrific script and guides Craig through some breathtaking set-pieces.

Skyfall is almost a second reboot after the Casino Royale reimagining, with only a couple of things to nit-pick at. The run time could have been tauter, and disappointingly the intriguing set up from Casino and Quantum regarding Mr White’s mysterious organisation has been axed in transition – making this another start for Bond.

Craig, Bardem and Mendes help truly breath oxygen into the Bond legacy and enable this 007 to spread his wings for years to come.

James Bond Skyfall is showing at West End Cinema, on West Street, this week at 3.40pm, 5.20pm, 7pm and 8.25pm daily and 12.30pm and 2pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday.