Geek Binge: Sam Mendes’ Skyfall is a brooding, yet rousing, action-packed character-driven piece of hot-blooded cinema. Daniel Craig reprises his role as the iconic Ian Fleming character 007, first played by him back in 2006 in Casino Royale. And while Craig has redefined Bond as a surlier, scrappier, scruffier Bond, Skyfall doubles-down on this characterization by giving us peeks into a somewhat tortured past. This much more grounded Bond tale also puts additional focus to M (Judi Dench), and a deliciously sadistic villain in Javier Bardem’s Silva, while skillfully taking the Bond brand forward in a new exciting direction with intriguing supporting characters. Mendes’ ability to engage us emotionally, while still executing some exquisitely choreographed and imagined action sequences makes this Bond entry soar above almost all the rest.