Bond soars in early Skyfall reviews

2012-10-13 08:44

London - James Bond is back and better than ever, according to early reviews on Friday, as the latest movie featuring Britain's smooth-talking, martini-drinking super-spy soared with critics and audiences after an advance screening in London.

Newspaper critics rushed to print and celebrities took to Twitter after seeing Skyfall, with many calling it the best Bond film in the franchise's 50-year history.

Reviewer Robbie Collin at British newspaper The Telegraph said director Sam Mendes' Bond was comparable to Christopher Nolan's darker, grittier Batman from the Dark Knight franchise.

"Mendes is unafraid to let the quieter dramatic moments breathe ... and ace cinematographer Roger Deakins makes the wildly ambitious action sequences the most beautiful in Bond's 50-year career," Collin said.

Geoffrey McNab at the Independent gave Skyfall four out of five stars, criticising the film for being "occasionally ... repetitive". But he praised Mendes for "throwing in far greater depth of characterisation than we're accustomed to in a series of films that are often proudly superficial".

Skyfall, the 23rd film in the Bond franchise, opens in UK theaters on 26 Octorber .

It is Mendes' first time directing a Bond film. The British filmmaker won a best director Oscar in 2000 for American Beauty.

The 22 Bond films have to date amassed $5.1bn at the worldwide box office according to, which tracks box office performances. The last film, 2008's Quantum of Solace, grossed nearly $600m globally.


  • ockert.j.dupreez - 2012-10-13 09:51

    There is actually 24 films in the bond franchise.... One not so widely known film is Never Say Never Again, with Sean Connery. Where the number of films come from is actually from the production studio, which didn't produce Never Say Never Again.

      coenie.dutoit.7 - 2012-10-13 13:47

      'Never Say Never Again' was not part of the Bond franchise (Eon Productions) referred to in the article. It was a remake of 'Thunderball'. There was also a Bond parody called 'Casino Royale' made in 1967 starring David Niven and Peter Sellers :-)

  • yung.shlong - 2012-10-13 13:12

    I love James Bond. Great movie. The name Long, James Long. lol

  • - 2012-10-13 15:10

    I recall all the Daniel Craig not been right because he had blonde hair.Think was a case of people just want to complain for me Casino Royale was the best bond film every made with The spy who loved me at number 2. Quantum of Solace wasn't that good so hope Skyfall is a step up.

  • an.saint.5 - 2012-10-13 23:59

    I see SA fans are going to have to wait till 30 November for the release. It's showing in most places around the world the 26 of October. Only Spain is later than us by a day. Think I'll just download...

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