.Skyfall is the sexy slinky kick-ass stuff a James Bond is supposed to be. I may not have seen any of them until my 30s but that doesn't mean I didn't have an idea inside of my head what the brand equaled, and at its best, it's this.
Indeed it might be even more? There's an undeniably super-fun weightlessness to the Sean Connery films that I've seen so far, but I have yet to take anything within them as seriously as I do the richly emotional machinations on display from Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, and so on here. Their relationships are enthusiastically complicated, and only moreso as things deepen - Bardem's villain doesn't show up until what, the half-way point? And yet he inserts himself right into the thick of the film's most fascinating dynamic (between Bond and M, of course) while commenting upon it, and somehow manages to become tremendously moving in the process, all while maintaining that Bond-patented outsized creepiness.(And hip hip hoorah for some new exciting Queer Creepiness at that! I am going to needlepoint a pillow that says "What makes you think it's my first time?" on it and put it in my hope chest.)