'Skyfall': Bond is back in action -- and top form, critics say

After 50 years, 23 films and a rotating cast of leading men, the James Bond movie franchise endures, and if the new installment, "Skyfall," is any indication, it's in good hands. Directed by Sam Mendes ("American Beauty," "Revolutionary Road") and starring Daniel Craig in his third outing as Agent 007, "Skyfall" is garnering excellent reviews, with many critics hailing it as one of the best Bond films of the series. Times film critic Betsy Sharkey writes, "If 'Skyfall' is the new 50, James Bond is handling it remarkably well." The hallmarks of the series, Sharkey says, are alive and well -- "the spy-craft in the new film is sharper, the intrigue deeper, the beauties brighter" -- but perhaps more surprisingly, "there are perilous emotional peaks and valleys along with all that bloody cheek." Full story: 'Skyfall': Bond is back in action -- and top form, critics say | PHOTOS: James Bond: 007's top 10 villains | Review: 'Skyfall' shows James Bond still sharp and fit at 50
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