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” Skyfall ” is one of my absolute favorite films from the Bond franchise and ranks fourth in my personal best list behind ” Goldfinger “, ” Casino Royale ” and ” On Her Majesty ‘s Secret Service “. But in one respect, “Skyfall” beats all the competition: beauty. Even though the latest Bond offshoot “ No Time to Die ” by director Cary Fukunaga and “La La Land” cinematographer Linus Sandgren also conjures up many stunning images on the screen, I am still convinced: the duo Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins are part of it “Skyfall” created the most beautiful Bond film to date.
Today, March 27, 2022, “Skyfall” will be shown at 8:15 p.m. on RTL.
The best looking Bond film is ‘Skyfall’
In “Skyfall”, Roger Deakins , one of the best cameramen of today, was responsible for the image design. Deakins, who has been nominated for an Oscar 15 times in his career (including for “Skyfall”) and even received awards for “Blade Runner 2049” and “1917”, delivers again here. His handwriting can often be felt even more clearly in films than that of the respective director and the trademarks of the camera virtuoso are also unmistakable in “Skyfall”.
Especially the play with light and shadow comes into its own in “Skyfall”. Whether it’s Bond ( Daniel Craig ) beating up a henchman as the cool blue neon lights in the background transform the action into a silhouette dance, or he stands out as a beaten shadow against the blazing inferno in the background that his diabolical antagonist Raoul Silva ( Javier Bardem ) has done. There are plenty of pictures in “Skyfall” that you would like to hang on the wall. But it’s not just the strong contrasts within individual shots that flatter our sense of aesthetics.
The Bond adventure as a whole is characterized by locations that could hardly be more varied and different. For example, the foggy Scottish Highlands in dreary brown tones or a festival of lights shining in bright orange at night in Macau, China. On the one hand, the pulsating skyline of Shanghai awaits us with all its over-stimulating neon signs. Other times, dim lighting and varying shades of gray are enough to put a meeting of Bond and Silva in perspective, juxtaposing them as black-and-white poles.
More facets of beauty
But “Skyfall” is not only convincing in terms of visual aesthetics. Because both Adele’s title song and the emotional finale deserve the title “beautiful”.
After a number of experiments with previous Bond films, Adele has once again delivered a classic Bond ballad with “Skyfall”, which on the one hand is reminiscent of the origins of the franchise, but on the other hand also sounds very modern. “Skyfall” may not be the most complex number, but Adele puts just the right mixture of melancholy, bombast and pathos into her voice to harmonize perfectly with the film’s plot.
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The film ends on a tragic note that is so perfectly staged and prepared that it also has a certain beauty about it. M ( Judi Dench ) dies after her relationship with James Bond is taken to an unprecedented level. We no longer see M as just Bond’s superior, but as a kind of mother figure. Skyfall is one of the most personal Bond films ever. This isn’t about saving the world, it’s about the relationship between M and 007.
That’s why “Skyfall” ended up affecting me more emotionally than most other Bond films. The death of M is tragic, but sets a perfect ending to this so beautiful, melancholic Bond film, the finale of which does not take place in an unrealistic underground bunker of enormous dimensions, but in a lonely hut somewhere in the cold, rough expanses Scotland.
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This is a re-release of an article previously published on FILMSTARTS.