DVD & Blu-ray review: Skyfall (12)

Sam Mendes DVD/Blu-ray (143mins)

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After a first hour every bit as dreary as Quantum of Solace, this wildly successful slice of Bond (above) is rescued by Ben Whishaw's amiable Q and by a bonkers turn (Brando in The Missouri Breaks springs to mind) from Javier Bardem as the vengeful former 00-agent hell-bent on offing M (Judi Dench).

Daniel Craig, on the other hand, just looks plain unhappy as Bond. Humour is very much off the menu in Skyfall, but two gripping set-pieces – on the London Underground and in the Highlands – invigorate this po-faced adventure.