Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ is, as it turns out, the all-encompassing Bond song for the all-encompassing Bond film. Daniel Craig’s previous outings as the nation’s favourite movie character were criticised somewhat for lacking the charm, humour and gadgetry associated with the long running series. But worry no longer. From one of the most stunning Bond girls yet to a psychopathic baddie trying to destroy MI6 from the inside, Skyfall has it all.
The scriptwriters even managed to include two coincidentally topical scenes; M resembling Andrew Mitchell with a ‘Do you know who I am?’ type line towards a policeman, before then answering questions at a parliamentary committee bearing a likeness to those seen recently in light of the phone-hacking scandal.
Product placement, highlighted recently as excessive, hardly registered on my radar. For if product placement means bringing back the Aston Martin DB5 and seeing Bond crush a line of Volkswagen Beetles in a JCB, then I’m all for it.
In fact, what is most obviously promoted by Skyfall is Great Britain. London features heavily throughout the film, as do the Scottish highlands; the setting for an explosive final showdown.
As a nation we might only be recovering slowly from the economic troubles which have plagued the last few years, but 2012 has seen countless British success stories. Now Skyfall should be added to that list.