Nope, this is not a parody, have no fear. While Dr. No was the first film adaptation of a James Bond Novel by Ian Fleming in 1962, the first book was actually Casino Royale, published in 1953, so it had been going a bit longer, with Casino Royale and Moonraker being adapted for TV and Radio in the 50’s.
Skyfall is the 23rd Bond film in the MGM ‘Canon’ discounting Never Say Never Again and the 1967 version of Casino Royale and following Daniel Craig’s reboot of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace tries to establish more backstory for the character.
It’s pretty much the same formulaic structure- chases, girls, action sequences and lots of explosions and exotic locations. Not so much gadgets this time round as Bond searches for a list of Agents and an epic showdown at a remote Scottish house- Skyfall, his childhood home before he was orphaned and recruited by M, the villain of the piece being an Ex-Agent after revenge, all very humdrum.
The opening credit sequence, with Adele’s Skyfall theme song is quite haunting and melancholic, reminiscent of Die Another Day, with elements of Fire, Water and Ice mixed in with Dragons, Bond and images of girls and guns swirling past.
While not the best of the saga, it nevertheless cements Daniel Craig in the role, being much better than his last outing.