SKYFALL’s triumphs and its failings both lie in its desire to act as a celebratory checklist for Bond’s 50th Anniversary. The film takes Daniel Craig’s rebooted Bond to the next level in exploring what makes him tick. The exploration of his relationship with boss, Judi Dench’s fantastic “M” was particularly done well. But as far as the film goes to explore what kind of past could create a chauvinistic killing machine, it also steps on its toes by falling back, every so often, into the camp and violence glorification that necessitated a reboot in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong. SKYFALL is good. Maybe the best Bond film ever made. But let’s just say I hope future entries spend more time reinvigorating the future of the character, than retreading his tired past.