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So jealous!   1st Nov for me!

Look forward to more spolier free reviews!

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Re Spoilers  Don't forget your former subjects in the colonies won't get a chance to see "Skyfall" until November 9th ajb007/crap

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HowardB wrote:

Re Spoilers  Don't forget your former subjects in the colonies won't get a chance to see "Skyfall" until November 9th ajb007/crap

Which is why this is the NO SPOILERS thread....

As an extra about the gunbarrel....I'm not going to say where it is in the movie...but once you have seen the gunbarrel then you should instantly recognise why it's placed where it is  ajb007/wink

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You've seen it as well, Sir Miles?
Golly, you guys must have friends in high placests...

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xboy614 wrote:

You've seen it as well, Sir Miles?
Golly, you guys must have friends in high placests...

I have...and I feel very lucky to have done so...I wrote a non-spoiler review on page one of this thread...

Friends in high places...?...he's probably the most genuine guy I've ever met...and generous to a fault  ajb007/martini

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I really appreciate you gents having a non-spoilers thread.  I'd love to be able to read fan reviews without worrying about the story being ruined.  Thanks!

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My review

Let me first of all say, that I hate writing reviews. The only reviews I feel compelled to write about are movies that I love and enjoy and believe are worth writing about and with Skyfall, it’s simply going to be hard because I feel like vomiting everything I know about it and all my excitement for it all in this review. I won’t at least I hope I won’t.


So, essentially, I was one of many people who attended the Skyfall premiere last night at the Royal Albert Hall. The second time in my life I’ve attended a movie premiere, the first being for Disney’s Lion King back in the mid 90s or whenever it was.
Anyway, let me say that this was a big deal, a major event and although I got to walk along the red carpet and was mere meteres away from Daniel Craig, I wasn’t too fussed about the individual stars but more the overall atmosphere and experience of being part of Bond history, British history and cinematic history.


Once I walked past the db5 and found my way off the red carpet and into the actual building, I was taken aback by the vastness of the Albert Hall. It was massive and the seats were comfy too. We were entertained by this military orchestral band who played renditions of various Bond themes, which included the likes of the main Bond theme, GF, DAF, Nobody does it better and a few others but the stand out for me was the ridiculously awesome rendition of OHMSS. Amazing!
Anyway, once the stars and Mendes came out to introduce the movie, it was time to spectate on a 2hr20min footage that’s been 4 years in the making.


Let me just say that, I’ve never been to any screening which generated as many cheers and applauds that SF got. The audience cheered no less than about 5 times throughout the movie and the cheers were justified believe me.
The film opens with the typical all too Bondish, dun dun! Musical notes as Craig’s Bond, stealthily moves in the shadows of a hallway, trying to salvage a mission that’s gone wrong. We then have Bond and his field agent colleague, Eve in pursuit of an assassin to retrieve what he stole. The action is fast paced, breath taking and most importantly, watchable. None of that shaky cam/quick cut chop editing nonsense that plagued QoS. The spectacular culmination of this PTS gives the impression that Bond is now sleeping with the fish and what follows is Daniel Kleinman’s amazing title sequence that boasts striking colours of doom and gloom, water graves, girls and guns, all appropriately accompanied by a shortened version of Adele’s haunting SF theme. This is a Bond film.


The story is refreshingly simple but handled in a superiorly engaging way that manages to allow the human brain to not be bored but at the same time not be drowned with action sequences every 2 minutes. The core characters really shine and are amazingly developed, although, I did feel that Berenice Marlohe’s Sevarin was underused and could have done with a bit more screen time but her presence in the movie serves a purpose that is at least adequate enough to not spend time moaning about and still enjoy everything going on around her. Eve played by Naomie Harris imo has great chemistry with Craig and they have this flirtatious, camaraderie going on through out the movie and it’s put to amusing use in Macau.
Dench as M is on blistering top form, why did they wait for 7 movies in order to really perform?? Jeez. Dench earned her pay cheque for this movie. Ralph Fiennes as Mallory was superb and I think it’s best that the less I say about him the better. Bardem as Silva forced his way into the villainous ranks of the likes of, Ledger’s joker, Hannibal Lecter and even Hans Gruber. Bardem was creepy, calculating and I dare say that had it been any other of the previous Bond actors in the role as Bond, Bardem would have outshone them and stolen the limelight and I don’t say that lightly because I’m a Connery fanboy!


As for Craig. Lord have mercy! This guy had his contract renewed for him to do at least another 2 after SF a little while ago and I you’ll see why the producers are anxious to keep him on board. Craig is an acting juggernaut that delivers the performance of his career imo. Craig is human, imperfect, lethal, determined and brings the humour like you’ve never seen before. These aren’t childish or juvenile, cheesy jokes. Craig delivers the humour with brilliant one liners, great banter and body language that never ever outstays its welcome. Make no mistake about it, if you didn’t think Craig was a good Bond, if you though he lacked charm and humour, send me a private message, requesting for some nice tasty crow to eat. Craig delivers a definitive performance.
There are gadgets!


I don’t want to really talk about it because it’s best you watch it but the use of gadgets are very much present but rightfully so, does not overshadow Bond.
I don’t want to risk spoiling things for you all but I’ll say this, SF is an amazing movie, it’s easily movie of the year and beats the likes of TDKR and Avengers and you must go and see it. A fine film that really delivers and brings everything full circle and proves that Bond is not only back but steals the crown away from all the other pretenders to the throne. I hope I’ve said enough and not too much or too little.
If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.

rating: 4.5/5

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Spoiler-filled reviews need to go in the following thread please: http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/39347/sky … -spoilers/

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OKKKK a small comment – I find SF a more spy/agent like movie than a “traditional” Bond movie – do I like YES but it is like Russian caviar and peeking duck…perhaps I just need to watch some more times….

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Ah, in my clamour of excitement I didn't notice there were two different threads...  My posting in the spoiler thread contains no spoilers, so for those of you not going in there because there might be spoilers, here's my take (just a cut-and-paste)...


Ok, looks like I'm first up.  SPOILER FREE.

I'm not going to be long winded, or go into the highs and the...well, highs, of the film, and disect everything.  Why?  Because it doesn't bloody matter.

6/5 - Exceptional.

Skyfall is where we start.

Yes it's Bond.  Classic Bond.  But not as we know it.  And yet very much as we do know it.
Out with the old, in with the new.  Or is that out with the new and in with the old?

This not making any sense?  You'll see.  ajb007/bond

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Just seen it and it is truly superb. Wherever you are in the spectrum that is the Bondiverse I think you'll love it. It serves up a classic blend with twists all of it's own. The film rocks, not a duff performance, but ultimately it belongs to Bardem, the best villain in years, possibly ever

Went to an IMAX premiere hosted by Aston Martin, going again tomorrow to see a non IMAX version.

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007.Skyfall.Seen.Done

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Just seen first showing, loved it. First half really good. 2nd half atmospheric. Definitely a blu ray job.

A big respect and self restraint acknowledgement for the guys who had seen it and managed not to blurt any spoliers -

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I wanna watch it again.

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Went to see it with a good friends and had a to say it bond at it best from start to end and make you feel as it you read the book and it came to like in front of you ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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I'm very jealous of my British friends today. Cheers, ladies and gentlemen!   ajb007/bond

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Have to say -it was fantastic. Loved all of  it. Bardem amazing. Superbly  handled  tale with a good script and excellent performances  all round. Can't wait to see  it again.  ajb007/martini  Oh and  my son loved  it.  ajb007/biggrin

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No spoilers, no full review just yet.

For me, much better than QOS, not quite up to CR. Superb villain, good ally performances. A very unique Bond film.. Very very unique.

I need to see it again ...

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scaramanga1 wrote:

Have to say -it was fantastic. Loved all of  it. Bardem amazing. Superbly  handled  tale with a good script and excellent performances  all round. Can't wait to see  it again.  ajb007/martini  Oh and  my son loved  it.  ajb007/biggrin

Good to hear that...it will be a week before I get to take Zachary....by that time I will have seen it about 4 or 5 times  ajb007/lol

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I went to see this film on Wedensday and it was awesome. Went to see it again tonight and it was even better. Going to see it again on Tuesday and I'm counting the minutes already. The best Bond film....EVER.

Of course you are

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I've wrote a more detailed review on the Spoiler thread.

This film is definately in my top 5. Every actor superb. Best Craig performance as Bond, Silva was magnificent and Judi Dench's portrayal of M was the best yet.

Can't wait to see it again.  ajb007/martini

Smiert Spionam

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Best Bond film ever. Left the cinema on a high. Had drinks and dinner with my wife afterwards and we were still talking about it four hours later. She agreed it was the best for her. I personally couldn't fault it. I'm sure many will, but for me there were no flat spots. It just kept giving. The script was great. I swore off all Skyfall threads, and kept to it. I knew nothing about he film, and only knew Javier Bardem was in it last week! That's the way to do it BTW. A complete surprise.

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Seeing it today in less than an hour! Will post my views soon after. Ill tell you one thing though, I cant bloody wait!!  ajb007/lol

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Went to see it again at a open performance for Muggles, not in IMAX last night. Loved it almost as much. Great audience reaction. Spoke with the Manager of the Cinema to gauge audience reaction so far which has been ecstatic. No doubt there will be differences of opinion about certain elements poss too many one-liners ( I kid you not) but that's not a task for now, and can wait until we have all seen it, including our American friends of course. for the time being on 2nd view it stands up as one of the best Bond films so far.

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Going to see it again on Wednesday. Shame I have to wait so long. Would go again before if I could - in fact I would  be watching  it  now  if I had the time.  ajb007/smile

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zaphod wrote:

Went to see it again at a open performance for Muggles, not in IMAX last night. Loved it almost as much. Great audience reaction. Spoke with the Manager of the Cinema to gauge audience reaction so far which has been ecstatic. No doubt there will be differences of opinion about certain elements poss too many one-liners ( I kid you not) but that's not a task for now, and can wait until we have all seen it, including our American friends of course. for the time being on 2nd view it stands up as one of the best Bond films so far.

The screening that I went to last night had a round of applause at the end of the film. Never ever seen that happen before!  ajb007/martini

Smiert Spionam