Starting with the production value, the sets are spectacular along with the cinematography. The opening sequence of the film flows so smoothly into Adele's theme that one simply falls into the movie just as Bond falls into his so-called retirement. Later in the film, Bond travels to Shanghai where everything is lit up in a cosmopolitan manner. He also travels to Skyfall, where old-fashioned Bond becomes more relevant and the viewer can recall Sean Connery's portrayal of the character. Apparently, Sean Connery was in talks to play the role of Kincaide, but there was too much worry that the fans would fear his placement in this type of role in the franchise. But his presence is still felt in the well-crafted Scottish house. The set is just bedazzling and all James Bond fans can be proud of this type of production.
Unlike in Spectre, the cast of Skyfall is used to their highest potential. Javier Bardem plays a great villain who is creepy and clearly haunted by his past. This is an iconic villain that will be remembered for the rest of the Bond franchise. Again, Daniel Craig pulls off a classy Bond. But the real breakout performance here seems to be Judi Dench. Of course she has been a vital character through much of the Bond series, but this film's storyline really places its focus on her. She is spectacular in every way and really helps push the story along. As a whole, the cast maintains the type of performance that has come to be expected out of Bond films.
The Bottom Line: Nostalgia and high production value are used to created one of the most well-crafted Bond films ever.