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November 9, 2012

At the Movies: Bond better than ever in ‘Skyfall'

By CHRISTY LEMIRE
AP Movie Critic

To borrow a line from Depeche Mode, death is everywhere in “Skyfall.” James Bond's mortality has never been in such prominent focus, but the demise of the entire British spy game as we know it seems imminent, as well.


Skyfall

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Daniel Craig, Berenice Marlohe, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

Rating: PG-13

Running time: 143 minutes

Still, this 23rd entry in the enduring James Bond franchise is no downer. Far from it: simultaneously thrilling and meaty, this is easily one of the best entries ever in the 50-year, 23-film series, led once again by an actor who's the best Bond yet in Daniel Craig. So many of the elements you want to see in a Bond film exist here: the car, the tuxedo, the martini, the exotic locations filled with gorgeous women. Adele's smoky, smoldering theme song over the titles harkens to the classic 007 tales of the 1960s, even as the film's central threat of cyberterrorism, perpetrated by an elusive figure who's seemingly everywhere and can't be pinned down, couldn't be more relevant.


 
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