Skyfall Wins The 1st BAFTA For ‘007’
Posted On 13th February, 2013 @ 11:17 am by Bhargavi Swami

Mr.Bond returns home to be knighted by none other than the British Academy Of Films and Television Awards, the BAFTA.

This film was stylish yet sensitive, racy yet reasonable and more of an emotional than an action filled roller coaster Bond film, definitely inching away from the ones we know and love.

These awards are nothing short of the Oscars for the European audience. This year saw the latest film, ‘Skyfall’ of the Bond film franchise pick up none other than the ‘Outstanding British Film Award’ this year.

This comes as welcome news to all James Bond fans across the globe. The last BAFTA that this movie was presented was 50 years ago, for cinematography for the uber stylish, Ted Moore’s, ‘From Russia With Love’. The Bond Franchise started in 1962, depicts the life and times of the eternally blunt but debonair spy, James Bond. Ian Fleming’s character of ‘007’ has not only managed to entertain but also capture the fascination of several generations.

The year 2012 has seen an eclectic offering of films from the filmmakers in Hollywood. Sequels, prequels and some astounding new stories have set the bar right up there for 2013 to follow. However none can compare to the heavy anticipation one waited to see the devilishly handsome, Daniel Craig don the role of Bond for the third time in ‘Skyfall’.
This movie has perhaps ushered in a new era in the storyline of Bond movies. This film was stylish yet sensitive, racy yet reasonable and more of an emotional than an action filled roller coaster Bond film, definitely inching away from the ones we know and love.

So, what made this Bond film spectacular and well deserving compared to all others that this franchise boasts of? Perhaps as it is Dame Judie Dench’s last film as M, the head of M16, or the return of the two most loved support characters, Moneypenny & Q – Ben Whishaw, the quartermaster of M16 or perhaps the agonizing empathy one draws to Raoul Silva the antagonist, played by the tanned and talented, Javier Bardem.

 One must think of it as a complete ballad, a swan song of sorts, of the franchise, the film follows the Gestalt psychology of seeing the whole as a greater entity than the sum total of its parts. Skyfall stands tall among its memorable predecessors like, ‘ Goldfinger’, ‘Octopussy’, ‘License to Kill’, ‘Die Another Day’ and many others, due to the exceptional picture that comes together once the different pieces of the puzzle start to co-exist harmoniously.

Last but definitely in no way the least is the BAFTA the film won for Best Film Music, one of the most recalled and loved cinematic elements of this franchise. It is undeniable that one goes to see the movies for Bond, his cars, his babes and the stylized action sequences; it is definitely the music of the Bond films that make them timeless. Skyfall features one of the most powerful renditions of the title track, by Adele, it is so rich, smooth and ring in a sense of despair setting the tone of the film from the first frame.

Though the movie begins with Adele crooning, ‘This is the End...’, with the BAFTA’s by their side, Bond is here to stay and will soon report back to ‘Her Majesty’s secret service’ for the next adventure.

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