Bond films are supposed to be entertaining hokum, good fun not to be taken seriously, and this is probably reflected in the fact that the films though enormously successful have never won an acting Oscar.  Maybe Dame Judi will put that right.

Skyfall requires just as much suspension of disbelief as many of its predecessors, but it is noticeably better on so many counts.  Craig and Dench have of course played off each other in the previous couple of outings for 007, but add in Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes and you have a cast that can punch their weight just as effectively as the character Daniel Craig plays.

It’s not the plot of the acting that I really want to wax lyrical about though.  The cinematography is outstanding.  From the opening scene where Bond prowls down a shadowy corridor to pause where a small pool of light illuminates only his eyes, the lighting in this film is spectacular.

Is this the photographer in me paying more attention than before?  Probably, but there were so many visual treats in this film; the night scenes in Shanghai, culminating in a brawl in a glass skyscraper where every wall and window gave off shadow and reflection in ever-changing combinations.  Knowing that challenges of lighting reflective surfaces this was superbly done.

And the casino in Macau; presumably a set at Pinewood, but as Bond is arrives by boat the place is a paradise of lanterns mirrored in the black waters outside, and a riot of candle light in the Komodo dragon pit inside.

Then there are the final scenes, played out with the key characters bathed in a pulsating glow from a burning building far across a Scottish moor.

If you haven’t seen it go just for the imagery.  The rest is pretty good too, but hey this is a photography blog.

Today’s portrait is of Tara, one of the students I’ve been working with today.  Good name for a Bond girl that.

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