It is actually difficult to say too much without risking spoiling it for those of you who haven't seen the film yet. I was, in a previous life, something of a film buff. Having worked for a film distribution company, I was in the privileged position of being able to see many movies before they went on general release, either in our private cinemas at work or at multi-media premieres (or even a few royal premieres!). Thus I was rather spoilt in that the audiences were generally well behaved and one could become completely absorbed in the entertainment unfolding on the screen with few distractions.
Since moving on from the world of film distribution I have become less and less enchanted with trips to the cinema. I've found that many people seem to think that they are in their front room (perhaps that is something to do with the ever decreasing size of the auditoriums and screens), chatting, eating, kicking seats and generally being obnoxious...or perhaps I've simply become a grumpy old woman!
I found myself in Leicester Square in central London on Sunday, having planned to see a show in the West End with my mother-in-law. We failed dismally to achieve this as the selection of Sunday matinees on offer at the TKTS booth (which used to be the Half Price Ticket Booth) were not to our taste (mental note - stick to Saturdays for the theatre!).
So what to do on a wet Sunday afternoon in the West End? Go to the flicks of course! A huge poster for 'Skyfall' loomed above us on the facade of the Odeon Leicester Square cinema. Well, if you are going to see a blockbuster film that's the place to see it - after all it's the only cinema that I know that has a Wurlitzer organ!
I have seen a lot of positive press about the film, which always makes me suspicious, so I was prepared for disappointment. It was a packed house and thankfully the wrapper rustling and general chitchat stopped as soon as the lights went down for the main event - much to my relief!
Quickly a chase starts, through narrow streets, crowded markets and across roof-tops, the method of transport changing rapidly from car to trailbike to train! Bond is desperate to retrieve a computer hard drive with top secret information on it, stolen by the assassin.
I am not going to say how the opening sequence ends but the words of the Skyfall theme song performed and co-written by Adele now make sense - that's as much as I'm letting on!
A reluctant and dishevelled Bond returns from Turkey to track down the perpetrator of the atrocities in Istanbul and bring him to 'justice'. He meets with a new Q to be furnished with the tools for the job, a gun (a Walther PPK of course) and a tracking device - that's it! Things have moved on, Q has gotten younger, a subject of much derision from 007 and there are no exploding pens
Having found and unintentionally dispatching the assassin from Istanbul without retrieving information about the missing hard drive, in a masterpiece of cinematography using the bright lights of Shanghai, Bond goes on the hunt for the madman who masterminded the attack on the MI6 headquarters.
A succession of more exotic locations are lavishly and lovingly displayed for our eyes to feast upon, the music swelling suitably as we fly over colourful enticing citiscapes and landscapes. Of course Mr Bond is ably assisted by a sassy attractive female colleague, who flirts with him endlessly but I guess who wouldn't?
From here the action moves to Scotland, with a homage to past Bonds when 007 drives M to safety in his Aston Martin DB5, complete with ejector seat button which James is sorely tempted to use at one point. 2012 marks the 50th year of Bond on the silver screen and I thought that this was a nice touch (I have to admit that Goldfinger is my favourite Bond movie too!).
I am so glad that I went to see the cinema to see this film. I think that Daniel Craig makes the perfect Bond, harking back to the darker black humour of the Connery days brought up to date in the 21st century. This Bond though has less love interests which is no bad thing in my opinion, give me more action any time! A little bonus was Ralph Fiennes making a cameo appearance and not playing a baddie which makes a nice change
If you can, try to see it on a full size screen and leave your brain at home, this is pure entertainment that carries you along effortlessly for a fully engaging 142 minutes. James Bond will return and if it is anything like Skyfall then I can't wait!