Skyfall (2012): Starring Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes. Rated PG-13. Being shown FREE at the Porter Library, on Saturday, July 16th @ 1:30 as part of Porter’s Saturday Matinee Movie “Summer of Dames” series.
A botched operation results in vital secrets related to British security being lost, after which a shaky Bond returns to MI6. He and MI6 minister M face extra scrutiny from Gareth Mallory, a Member of Parliament who believes the Double O program may be obsolete. A series of escalating terrorist attacks targeting M—perpetuated by the sinister Raoul Silva—forces M to confront dark secrets from her past. For fans, the film provides a first-time glimpse into Bond’s backstory and examines what it means to identify, recruit, and train a person to be “licensed to kill.”
Having been around ever since Dr. No was released in 1962, the James Bond series is one of the oldest film franchises that has continued to the present day. Over its 50-year history, the Bond films have seen six different actors play 007 and have had many stylistic changes over time to adapt to changing tastes. With the long-awaited release of a new Bond movie, Skyfall, this month, let’s go back and take a look at some pivotal points in the history of the series.