There are few movie characters who can survive the test of time and still pack in viewers fifty years after their original inception. Of the few that have done so, it’s been more along the lines of digging up old plot lines are resurrecting them for audiences years after they’ve been laid to rest. Not so for James Bond. The world’s favorite spy has reappeared consistently over the years with a fresh new story, the consistent characteristics of a man who liked women, wine and fast cars, but occasionally changing the face so Bond, himself, never really grows older.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Ian Fleming’s creation, and with it, a new plot to match the dynamics of post-cold war espionage. The 23rd. official James Bond film opened this week in London, and will hit Canadian theaters November 9th., giving actor, Daniel Craig his third performance as a spy dedicated to Her Majesty’s Secret Service, with British Director Sam Mendes making his franchise debut.
“Skyfall” seeks to show why, in a world where advanced technology has replaced Cold War spy networks, human beings are still relevant important in the field of espionage. The character becomes more complex in a world where intelligence gathering is based primarily on satellites and computer hacking, and Bond is forced to realize he is dispensable, growing older and must deal with the ghosts of his childhood.
Skyfall has already begun to receive raves, despite the fact that it will be another two weeks before it’s available for general audiences. Critics acclaim it the best James Bond movie yet. Script writer, John Logan, is so enthusiastic, he is already working on the 24th James Bond film. It shouldn’t be too surprising that Skyfall is a guaranteed success. Logan is a three-time Oscar nominee who also wrote the script for “The Aviator,” “Gladiator,””Rango” and “Hugo,” as well as the upcoming Darren Aronfosky film “Noah.”