I very much enjoyed Skyfall. I am a big Bond fan* and this one was certainly Daniel Craig's best outing so far. I almost wish the last two didn't happen and this was his first. It certainly feels like this one should have followed Die Another Day, or even The World Is Not Enough.
Since the people currently in charge have decided that, like other franchises, the Bond movies are to be "reborn" then this was kind of marking that. New Q, New Tanner, New M, Killing off of an Old M, New HQ, New Moneypenny, blowing up Bonds childhood home, as well as his Aston Martin. It all signified a passing of a certain era and as such I do feel as though this was the true re-birth and that perhaps now would have been the time to follow with stories such as Casino Royal and QoS.
Now, I love the old films and I do wish that perhaps some of the old stuff made it in to the new era. I do miss the "Shaken, Not Stirred" and the silly puns, as well as at least one over the top gadget and a serious Q to keep 007 in place, rather than the other way round. Those things have all been missing from the new formats which kind of took away from the movies IMHO. Bond films used to be all about that stuff and it certainly did them no harm in the past, it's the worlds biggest and longest running film series after all. Even if they didn't reboot it and it stayed as a pun filled, over the top gadget fest the films would still rake it in.
This one did have Q, A car chase, a rooftop chase and a superb villain which actually had a pretty topical and believable storyline, so that is also good. The personal link to M was very well done.
I certainly hope we see more of the quality which Skyfall had, but I'd also like to see some things creeping back in.
One of my mates said the cottage scenes were a bit 'Home Alone' and I can certainly see where he's coming from!
*My rather weak link to the franchise-My dad worked in the accounting department at Pinewood Studios when For Your Eyes Only was being made and thus he was invited to the premier screening with all the cast etc.