Case File 003: Raoul Silva (Skyfall)
After Quantum of Solace took some of the wind out of the newly rebooted Bond franchise's sails, the pressure was on for Skyfall to deliver a return-to-form just in time for the series' 50th anniversary.
To say the film was a success would be a massive understatement. Skyfall remains the highest grossing James Bond movie to date and many critics heralded it as one of the top-tier installments. A lot of that praise was directed at Javier Bardem's portrayal of Raoul Silva - a villain carefully constructed to stand apart from most of 007's previous foes.
On this episode, we examine those differences and why a certain segment of Bond fandom was resistant to them. We also discuss the franchise at large, the Bond/M relationship, how the next film undermined so much of what worked here, and where we'd like to see the series go once Daniel Craig vacates the role.