Skyfall finds Bond (Daniel Craig) battered and bruised, having survived a gunshot wound and fall of hundreds of meters into downstream rapids from a moving train. He's not the superhero from the previous entries. He fails both his physiological and psychological tests and is flagged as unfit for duty. But Mi6 have bigger issues to be concerned about. When a hard drive containing the names of embedded and undercover agents is stolen and promptly leaked, leading to agent deaths, along with a network break-in and explosion at Mi6's London headquarters.
Bond is bought back into service to get to the bottom of the threat posed by ex-agent Raoul Silva (Javier Bardham). While Mi6 are totally unprepared for a formidable adversary who seems to be on step ahead at all times, soon M (Judi Dench), finds herself fighting not just for the survival of her spy branch, but her own survival.
The 23rd Bond film and the third to feature Daniel Craig, Skyfall eschews the Quantum plot threads from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, instead focusing on a new villain and plot line. I'm a little torn about that - Quantum has been set up very well, echoing the threat of SPECTRE from the Connery years, with many avenues left to discover and questions to answer, but writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have decided to give it a bit of a rest. I hope it's returned to in future entries.
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