At long last, we’ve arrived at the final film in my 007 Marathon, Skyfall! This is actually my favorite film in the Bond franchise (which I can now say with confidence, having just watched all of them), for a number of reasons. It’s the first of the Bond movies I saw in a theater (on my birthday, no less!), is what really got me interested in the series beyond just Daniel Craig’s run, and is – in addition to being a great entry to the franchise – a love letter to all that’s come before and the reemergence of many core Bond elements that had, until this point, been missing from the series since Casino Royale.
The James Bond franchise was rebooted to great success in 2006’s Casino Royale, but almost hit a major roadblock with its 2008 sequel, Quantum of Solace, which was not very well received by critics or fans of the series. Luckily, it didn’t kill the franchise – but it did take the wind out of its sails until Skyfall came around four years later to straighten things out again.
We’re entering the last leg of my 007 Marathon, which brings us to my favorite era of the James Bond franchise: the Daniel Craig years! Pierce Brosnan may have been the Bond that I grew up with, but I didn’t really care about the series until the 2006 reboot, which ditched all of the series’ cheesy elements, and took the “dark and gritty” approach with the characters’ reimagining, while also featuring the super spy at the beginning of his career as a 00.
The final film in Pierce Brosnan’s run as James Bond is Die Another Day, the twentieth film in the spy franchise, which also marked the series’ 40th anniversary. That should be something to be celebrated, but Die Another Day is such a terrible movie that it’s actually a shame that its part of the series.
For the first time in my 007 Marathon, I’ve come across a Bond film I’ve actually seen before! That’s a strange feeling. I didn’t remember much about 1999’s The World Is Not Enough (I was probably too excited about The Phantom Menace that year), and even now – writing this article about two hours after seeing the movie – I’ve already begun to forget about it all over again.