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By Megan Bianco

Who is the fictional secret agent based on the popular stories by Ian Fleming celebrating his 50th anniversary on the silver screen with Skyfall? It’s Bond. James Bond.

Starring Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to portray Agent 007, and debuting six years after the stellar Casino Royale and four years after the underwhelming Quantum of Solace; Skyfall jumps back in an outstanding way.

After failing to take down the villain who stole a list of important British secret agents’ identities and being shot by his own partner (Naomie Harris), Bond goes into hiding, leaving the rest of the world believing he’s dead. Meanwhile, someone has hacked into the computer of Military Intelligence, Section 6 (MI6) agency head M (Judi Dench) and is planning to attack both her and MI6. This turn of events encourages Bond to get back in the game and track down the menace behind the stolen list.

Ralph Fiennes co-stars as MI6’s new chairman, Ben Whishaw plays Q, Bérénice Marlohe is the second Bond girl and Javier Bardem is the latest Bond foe. Skyfall is the first 007 feature with a completely original script (by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan) not based on one of Fleming’s stories. Oscar winning director Sam Mendes delivers great Bond-worthy action sequences, but the real draw and heart of the film shines as the origins of the secret agent himself are studied and challenged. The theme song by Adele isn’t too shabby either.

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