Sunday, January 27, 2013

Author Sebastian Faulks Pans Latest James Bond Film 'Skyfall'

Ruth Whitehead at the British newspaper the Daily Mail reports on the poor review author Sebastian Faulks gave the latest James Bond film Skyfall.

Skyfall, the latest James Bond blockbuster that grossed more than US$1 billion in ten weeks, has been lambasted by author Sebastian Faulks.

Faulks, who was commissioned by the estate of Bond creator Ian Fleming to write a Bond novel, described the film as 'pretty distasteful', criticised some of the acting and said the film's attempts to show a sensitive side to the spy hero had failed.

He told an audience at India's Jaipur Literature Festival, as reported in the Telegraph: 'I found the last film pretty distasteful. One [of the Bond girls] couldn't act and the other had been previously exploited as a sex worker. And Bond walks into the shower and makes love to her. Casino Royale was much better.'

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can also watch a video of the discussion via the below link:

Note: I agree with Faulks that Daniel Craig's Casino Royale was a better film than Skyfall and that Albert Finney, an otherwise great actor, was truly awful as a Scottish groundskeeper with an English accent.

I also thought that Javier Bardem, an otherwise fine actor, looked more like a Batman or a Dick Tracy villain than a Bond villain with that awful blond wig.

I could criticize the film more, but I don't want to spoil the plot for those who have not yet seen it.   

I thought Skyfall was a well-made thriller and Daniel Craig was very good as James Bond, but I don't  agree with many of the film critics who hailed the film the best of the Bond series.

In my view, Skyfall is no Goldfinger and Daniel Craig is no Sean Connery.

You can read my Philadelphia Inquirer review of Faulks' continuation James Bond novel via the below links:  

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