I have not been a real James Bond fan until the beautiful Daniel Craig stepped into the role for Casino Royale. Those Christmas Day moments, meant to be so special because a Bond movie was on, were not that special for me. But now it's a whole new world, a new exciting place to be - 007 is Daniel Craig.
He is a beautiful man. His chest, his eyes, his chin, his stance, his slim fitting suit all make me gasp in delight as I wallow in the sheer enjoyment of just being able to look at him on screen.
Some of the cinematography in Skyfall was breath-taking, particularly the Macau and Shanghai scenes when I was thrilled to see those locations featured, although frankly it wasn't as exciting as that when I was there. I wonder if it's something to do with not having the sound track in life?
I loved the inclusion of the classic Aston Martin with every old-school feature still in place, ejector seat button, machine guns under the head lamps and bullet proof glass. Excellent.
The opening scene has everything a Bond fan could possibly want. A British made Land Rover speeds through the street markets of Istanbul upturning baskets of fruit and spices, crashing through streets of locals who all move out of the way spectacularly. All that is missing are two men carrying a large plate glass window. Then we move quickly onto a motor bike chase over tiled rooftops culminating in a fight scene on the top of a moving train. We are hooked and ready to be immersed in the full-on new and improved gritty Bond experience.
There are sad bits and obviously the most beautiful female character doesn't make it through for a happy ending but I don't want to include plot spoilers here.
It is the uncanny links to the Harry Potter story that interested me and I did wonder if J.K. Rowling's name would be in the credits. We see Bond returning to his childhood home where it is revealed that both his parents were killed in a strange and other worldly incident when he was a boy, the same as Harry. We even see their grave stones showing their names and we are given to understand that because of their death James' childhood was not a happy one, the same as Harry. In fact, it involved a cupboard under the stairs albeit a little more gothic than Harry's, in fact a priest hole, but they both spent time in a cupboard. Significantly the vibe of Skyfall itself has definite links to Hogwarts and was I the only one who made the connection with Ralph Feinnes who played the one who shall not be named in Harry Potter and his role in this movie? Was that just coincidence?
Is it just me?