Not just a great Bond film, but a good movie too.
Since Craig donned the tuxedo, he has had the unique opportunity to be part of the humanizing of Bond. With Skyfall, the writers of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, (Purvis and Wade) teamed with a new partner (Logan). The team wrote a Bond who was emotionally and physically vulnerable while still being the best at what he does. They even got (mostly) away from the overblown gadgetry and focused us back on the people involved. The effect was the continued edging away from the near-superhero persona that epitomized the original Bonds, something Purvis and Wade knew a little about. They had not only been primary on this trilogy, but had written for previous Bond films (Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough). The element that helped this story take a new direction was the addition of Logan (Rango, Hugo, The Aviator) who was a neophyte to the Bond-verse and a solid writer on his own.
In many ways, this installment of the 50 year old series reminded me of the Death of Superman, when DC Comics realized that having a completely invulnerable lead character gets boring. There are even some wonderful, comic-like inside jokes throughout the film, but not in the kitschy, pigeon doing a double-take way of previous Bonds.
Skyfall starts off with a bang and follows up with one of the better credit sequences they’ve done. The credits married the old kaleidoscope look established in the 60s with storytelling and visuals that were more than just pretty pictures, setting the stage wonderfully for the adventure to come.
Of course, where they went with this film was a one-trick deal. They cannot repeat it, though they can certainly build from it, which seems the intent. And I am certainly hoping the franchise can and will. As the most successful Bond to date, it is already assured two more sequels, for which Logan is signed up to write.