“In this 50th year of the James Bond series, with the dismal “Quantum of Solace” (2008) still in our minds, “Skyfall” triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he earlier played well in “Casino Royale,” said Roger Ebert, a film critic, in his mostly glowing review of Skyfall.
The other day, quite by accident, I read a review of the same movie by Alex Exler, one of my favorite Russian bloggers. What follows is not a strict, literal translation of his take on Bond, but rater a re-telling. I avoided allusions to everything overtly Russian, while trying to preserve his unique sensibilities, insight and humor.