OK, I don’t want to spend too much time on this movie because you’re either going to see it or you’re going to see it. Seriously, if you have no plans to see it in the upcoming weeks, I will assume you have already seen it. This Bond makes you realize that it’s not always about raising the bar—a bigger explosion, a cooler gadget—it’s about a compelling story and great acting.

The plot, as always, is simple: good versus evil. Bond (Daniel Craig) has been shot and is presumed dead. Our villain, Silva (Javier Bardem), a sexually ambiguous rogue agent has stolen the list of MI6 agents undercover in terrorist groups around the world and, for lack of a better word, is 'outing' them. Silva is driven by a twisted need to exact revenge on M (Judi Dench) for a decades-old betrayal. So it is up to 007 to save the day.

The filmmakers do something very smart with this film: To be progressive, they go old school. There are very few snarky quips and even fewer nifty gadgets. There’s just a gripping story and a tremendously talented cast. Craig takes Bond seriously, and he’s a pleasure to watch.

It’s a 9.