In our previous feature Guess which Superhero Movie inspired this Bond Film?, we spoke about how Skyfall stirred up a storm upon release and how the director defined a new direction with this Bond outing. Well, here’s all you wanted to know about the film.
Skyfall’s release in 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise. It is the twenty-third 007 film and marks Daniel Craig’s third outing as the eponymous hero. Not only did the film bank over a billion dollars at the box office, it also grabbed three Oscar nominations – the most of the series so far. While it bagged Academy awards for Best Sound Editing (Per Hallberg and Karen Baker) and Best Original Song (Adele), it missed out on Best Cinematography. But in a historic first, Skyfall made it through the ranks in the category of cinematography. Roger Deakin’s captivating camerawork is so good that it attributes to much of the film’s success.
After the lackluster performance of Bond’s previous outing in Quantum of Solace (2008), the onus now rested upon a new director to uphold Bond’s legacy. Academy award-winning director Sam Mendes was approached for the role. He had won the most coveted prize in Hollywood for his work in American Beauty (1998). Road to Perdition (2002) also remains another of his acclaimed works. Newly inspired by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Mendes bravely sought to steer the Bond franchise in a new direction – while tipping its hat to the series’ past. He said, “In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically The Dark Knight, the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody.” In hindsight, Mendes also managed to churn out outstanding performances from Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench. Along with dark undertones, he introduced unexpected twists and turns to this taut character drama. It left audiences and critics swooning.
Skyfall may not be the best Bond film, but it is a really really good film and definitely deserves to sit up there with the rest.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped