The Straits Times
Published on Nov 08, 2012

With Skyfall, Craig puts his stamp on Bond


NEW YORK (AP) - If you just looked at the cast and crew of Skyfall, you could easily confuse the assembled talent for a prestige costume drama. Director Sam Mendes, actors Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes, and cinematographer Roger Deakins might just as easily be mounting a Shakespeare adaptation.

But Skyfall is, of course, a James Bond film, and not only that, it's the 23rd installment in a blockbuster franchise marking its 50th anniversary with only slightly less fanfare than the Queen's Jubilee. Skyfall is a touch more high-minded than those previous 22 films, but it's also arguably the best crafted movie in Bond history.

Those involved in the 007 empire overwhelmingly credit the higher trajectory for Bond to one man: Daniel Craig.

"Daniel was like, 'Everyone said yes! Look at this incredible cast!"' says Mendes. "I'm like, 'Mate, it's because of you."'