There’s more excitement than usual about the next James Bond film, Spectre (due out on November 6th) because the new movie retains most of the creative team involved with 2012’s Skyfall, which was the highest-grossing Bond picture to date, and one of the most critically acclaimed. It’s not that Skyfall is the best Bond—for one thing, it lacks a lead actor whose name rhymes with “Don Honor-y”—but it does feature Daniel Craig’s best performance as 007, largely because Craig avoids the young/sexy/athletic vibe his earlier Bond turns had tried to project, and instead makes a virtue of the idea that secret agents are old-fashioned. And while Javier Bardem’s sexually ambiguous turn as an ex-MI6-stud-turned-supervillain borders on the offensive, and while the film’s cyberterrorism plot is fairly implausible, Skyfall is just so damned stylish, given an evocatively moody look by director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins. If Spectre has any of that same panache, it could be one of 2015’s best. In the meantime, it’s never a bad idea to watch Skyfall again. It’s on Epix tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern.
January 15, 2015 Cable Pick Of The Day