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Synopsis:

  • After an operation in Istanbul ends in disaster, James Bond is missing and presumed to be dead, the identities of several active undercover NATO agents are leaked onto the Internet, and M must face a government inquiry over her handling of the situation. But when the MI6 headquarters itself is targeted, Bond choses to return and tracks down the mysterious man behind the leaks and the attack: Raoul Silva, a dangerous and unpredictable cyberterrorist with a very personal grudge against M.

Release Date:

  • November 9, 2012 (US)
  • October 26, 2012 (UK)

Running Time:

  • 143 minutes

Gadgets:

  • A small radio transmitter
  • Palmprint signature on the PPK/S. Only Bond can fire the gun once it has been coded with his palmprints

Issued Sidearm:


Director:


Screenplay:

  • John Logan
  • Neal Purvis
  • Robert Wade

Filming Locations:

  • Istanbul and Adana, Turkey
  • Shanghai and Macau, China
  • London, England
  • Glencoe, Scotland

Best Quotes:

  • Bond: 007 reporting for duty.
  • M: Where the hell have you been?
  • Bond: Enjoying death.

  • Séverine: How much do you know about fear?
  • Bond: All there is.
  • Séverine: Not like this, not like him!

  • Bond: Everybody needs a hobby.
  • Silva: So what's yours?
  • Bond: Resurrection.

  • Silva: She sent you to me knowing you are not ready, that you will most likely die... Mommy was very bad!

  • Bond: Latest thing from Q branch; 'called a radio.

  • M: Today I've repeatedly heard how irrelevant my department has become. "Why do we need agents, the Double-0 section? Isn't it all antiquated?" Well, I suppose I see a different world than you do, and the truth is that what I see frightens me. I'm frightened because our enemies are no longer known to us. They do not exist on a map. They're not nations, they're individuals. And look around you. Who do you fear? Can you see a face, a uniform, a flag? No! Our world is not more transparent now, it's more opaque! It's in the shadows. That's where we must do battle. So before you declare us irrelevant, ask yourselves, how safe do you feel? Just one more thing to say, my late husband was a great lover of poetry, and... I suppose some of it sunk in, despite my best intentions. And here today, I remember this, I believe, from Tennyson: "We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, AND NOT TO YIELD."


Music:

  • The movie's main theme is titled "Skyfall", performed by Adele

Vital Statistics:

  • Conquests: 2 (possibly 3)
  • Martinis: 1
  • Kills: 26
  • "Bond, James Bond": 1

Detailed Synopsis:

Bond and field agent Eve assist on a mission in Turkey in which an MI6 operative has been killed and a hard drive stolen. The drive contained details of all NATO agents operating undercover in terrorist organisations. Bond and Eve chase the assailant, and attempt to recoverthe disk. During the chase, Bond is shot in the shoulder, but continues his pursuit, until he is shot from a train by Eve, who misjudged her shot. He is posted as "presumed dead" but survived actually, starting to live a life far from his duties, a life filled with sex and alcohol on the beaches of Fethiye.

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Five of the agents' names are released onto the internet, with the promise of more the next week, and M comes under political pressure to retire during a meeting with the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Gareth Mallory. On her return from the meeting, MI6 is hacked and an explosion occurs in the offices, killing a number of MI6 employees. On hearing the news of the attack, Bond returns to London. He is given a palmprint activation PPK/S by the new Quartermaster. Shrapnels taken from his shoulder help the MI6 to identify the man who used them, Patrice, and Bond is sent to Shanghai, where it is known the mercenary will shortly arrive.

Skyfall - James Bond Wiki
Skyfall - James Bond Wiki

Bond finds and follows the mercenary and witnesses him undertake an assassination, at which Bond also sees Séverine. The two men fight, and Patrice falls to his death before Bond can find out who his employer was. Searching the assassin's equipment, Bond finds a gambling chip, which leads him to a casino, where he is paid €4million for the kill. Séverine warns Bond that he is about to be killed, but promises to help him if he will kill her employer. Bond beats his attackers in and around a Komodo dragons pit —with help from Eve— and joins Séverine on her boat, the SY Regina.

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Skyfall - James Bond Wiki

Bond and Séverine travel to an island but are taken prisoner by the crew and delivered to Severine's master, Raoul Silva. Silva had previously worked for MI6 and blamed M for his capture, torture and imprisonment by the Chinese. Silva kills Séverine in a WilliamTell-esque game, but Bond overpowers the guards and captures Silva with the help of a helicopter raid alerted and brought here thanks to Q's radio transmitter.

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Skyfall - James Bond Wiki

Back in the MI6 headquarters, Q attempts to decrypt Silva's laptop, but instead of accessing the computer successfully, the computer has been programmed to hack the MI6 computer system and release Silva, enabling him to escape into the London Underground tunnel system. Pursued by Bond, Silva uses the disguise of a policeman and attacks M during a public enquiry into her handling of the stolen hard drive. Bond arrives to join Mallory and Eve in beating off Silva's attack, and M is hurried from the building by her aide, Bill Tanner. Bond drives M and her car away from the scene and, after exchanging it for his own old Aston Martin DB5, drives her to his empty and remote childhood home in Scotland, Skyfall. He instructs Q to leave an electronic trail for Silva to follow, a decision supported by Mallory.

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At Skyfall Lodge, Bond and M are welcomed by Kincade, the warden and gamekeeper of the Bond family estate. The trio are only lightly armed with hunting shotguns, dynamite, knives and gas bottles, but they improvise a series of booby traps. When Silva's army arrives, Bond, M, and Kincade fight off the first assault, making good use of the Aston Martin's forward machine guns in the process, although M is wounded. Silva arrives by helicopter with a second wave, and Bond sends M and Kincade off through a tunnel at the back of a priest hole to a chapel on the grounds near the grave of Bond's parents. The second assault consists of firepower from the helicopter, with Silva throwing incendiary grenades into the building. The Aston Martin is destroyed. Bond detonates a stick of dynamite with two gas bottles and retreats down the tunnel. The mansion explodes, and the blast causes the helicopter to crash into the mansion. A bigger fiery explosion ensues and kills a number of Silva's remaining men. Silva sees Kincade's torch beam, follows it and arrives at a frozen lake ahead of Bond. Bond attacks Silva's sole remaining follower, and the two fall through the ice, where Bond kills him. In the meantime, Silva makes his way to the chapel, forces his gun into M's hand and begs her to kill them both. Bond arrives and throws his knife into Silva's back, killing him. M collapses, having lost too much blood from her wound, and dies in Bond's arms.

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Skyfall - James Bond Wiki

Bond is later seen on a rooftop in London after M's funeral. Eve brings him a gift from M's estate : a porcelain Union Jack bulldog, the only furniture that completely survived the explosion in M's office. The MI6 headquarters are now moved to the familiar "Universal Exports" offices (which were used in the movies from the 1960's to the 1980's), while Eve decides not to return to the field as an agent. She reveals her full name to Bond: Eve Moneypenny. A newly appointed M is waiting for Bond in his office - none other than Gareth Mallory, and Bond is then given a new mission.


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Skyfall - James Bond Wiki