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Review: ‘Skyfall’ Best Bond Flick Ever

It's no big news that “Skyfall” is making lots of money. It's also not surprising that it's being called the best Bond film so far. After all, it was directed by Sam Mendes, who won a 2000 Best Director Oscar for “American Beauty.” It was shot by Roger Deakins, an eight-time Oscar nominee. Art direction designed by Dennis Gassner, who won an Oscar in 1992 for “Bugsy.” And so on. But this is a Bond film, which automatically puts it in a category: spy flick with lots of eye candy. In the past, that candy has been mostly women (from Ursula Andress to Halle Berry). In recent years, that candy has gradually grown to include men (from Pierce Brosnan to a shirtless Daniel Craig). Now, however, the standard Bond format has been transformed. Less cheese, more actual drama. Less comedy, more tersely delivered laugh lines. Less farcical action, more “Bourne”-style physicality by Craig/Dan Webster, Dually Noted. More here.

Question: Which James Bond flick do you consider the best one ever?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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