Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, will make its world premiere Tuesday and critics are calling it one of the franchise’s best movies in the 50-years Bond has been on the big screen.
This is Daniel Craig’s third 007 film and tonight he will walk the red carpet in London at the Royal Albert Hall with the other stars from the film at a screening that will include Prince Charles.
The new film is directed by Sam Mendes an Oscar winner. In the movie, M16, the foreign intelligence agency of Britain is attacked and Bond is left to hunt down the attackers. Judi Dench, who plays “M” Bond’s controller, plays a much more prominent role than in previous films. Javier Bardem, the Spanish star, is all about malice and is the latest nemesis Bond must face.
Other stars in the movie include Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes. Whishaw is the latest gadgets man for Bond known only as “Q” and is much younger than predecessors John Cleese and Desmond Llewelyn.
This is the 23rd Bond movie and it opens with a spectacular Istanbul market scene but then returns to London where England suffers a terror attack.
In a recent interview, Craig said prior to the movie’s release that the movie’s directors were more conscious of the need to include sensitivity because of the 2005 al-Qaeda bombings that took the lives of 52 people.
Craig’s previous Bond movies Casino Royale and then Quantum of Solace, were Bond in a brooding presence and critics have said that is much closer to the way Bond was in the novels authored by Ian Fleming.
Former Bond star Roger Moore, who is 85 years young, says that Craig is the best Bond ever.