And while there is the lovely lady or two to be seen thankfully there is not so much of the blatant sexism or objectification of women in the Bond of new. Hey don’t get me wrong I love a double entendre and laugh (sometimes cringe) every time I hear them in the script but Mr Iced Vovo and I have been working our way through the Bond collection and some of the older films were just taking things a little too far. Thank goodness the current producers have brought Bond up to date with the general populace who now takes a stand against violence towards women and has really made gains in seeing women as equals.
Look, I know Bond is escapism cinema. The story lines are more about the action than they are about having to think too hard but women also like to go and see them and we don’t particularly like to see us portrayed as DADS bimbos. Bond is just as much eye-candy for us as is the bevvy of Bond women are for the men, but at least he gets to use his brain!
Thankfully with the character of M played by Dame Judi Dench and Eve Moneypenny by Naomie Harris we saw more substantial female character roles. Solid performances from Daniel Craig as Bond and Javier Bardem as Silva make Skyfall enjoyable although I think a little more backfill on the connection between Silva and M was needed to really substantiate his hatred towards M.
There is also a wonderful array of supporting roles. I particularly liked Albert Finney as Kincade, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory and Ben Whishaw as the techno-geek Q. Of course there are twists and turns throughout, in fact right to the end that will no doubt have you leaving anticipating the next Bond release.
Adele’s title song “Skyfall” works beautifully into the film as does the clever visual opening sequences. Of course great stunts, exotic locations (bustling Istanbul and the bleak but beautiful Scottish Highlands) and breath-taking visual effects make Skyfall a must see for all Bond enthusiasts.