Edelstein on Skyfall: The Bond Myth Is Mightier Than Ever

There’s a lot of witty goofing around with James Bond iconography in Daniel Craig’s third and most momentous outing, Skyfall. Director Sam Mendes has a smart, cheeky attitude toward 007s old and new — toward the tug-of-war between the traditional Bond persona established by Sean Connery and the rough-hewn, hurting, rather self-indulgent persona of Craig in the excellent Casino Royale and the passable but misdirected Quantum of Solace. Mendes and co-writer John Logan have been around the block with Shakespeare (Mendes on stage, Logan in his recent script for Ralph Fiennes’s fevered Coriolanus), and in Skyfall they play up the Coriolanuslike reluctance of Craig’s 007 to assume the role for which he has been groomed: to don the tuxedo; take his martinis shaken, not stirred; and commit himself unreservedly to Queen and country. To get him to the point where he’ll rise to the occasion and "Be Bond," they send him into a battle that’s not just Bondian — it’s Oedipal, it’s biblical. And it’s absolutely thrilling. Read More...



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