[[caption-width-right:350:''[[Music/{{Adele}} This is the end...]]'']]
->''"We are not now that strength which in old days''\\
''Moved heaven and earth; that which we are, we are;''\\
''One equal temper of heroic hearts,''\\
''Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will''\\
''To strive, to seek, to find. And not to yield."''
-->-- '''M''', quoting the poem "[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ulysses_(Tennyson) Ulysses]]"

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''Skyfall'', the 23rd film in the Film/JamesBond franchise, also marks the 50th anniversary of the film series and the third film to star Creator/DanielCraig as 007. After languishing for years in DevelopmentHell following the financial problems of distributor MGM, the Creator/SamMendes-directed film finally saw release in 2012.

After an operation in Istanbul to recover an [[MacGuffin encrypted hard drive]] containing the identities of every active undercover UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} agent ends in disaster, Bond goes missing. With a top agent presumed dead and the information he sought to save sitting in the wrong hands, {{MI6}} [[BigGood section chief]] M comes under [[HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee government review]] for her handling of the situation. But when [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs a terrorist attack targets MI6's headquarters]], Bond [[BackFromTheDead returns]] to track down the man responsible: Raoul Silva, a dangerous cyberterrorist with a [[ItsPersonal personal grudge]] against M.
!!''Skyfall'' contains examples of the following tropes:


* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Quite a few -- more than average for a Bond film.
* ActionGirl: MI6 field agent Eve. Bonus points for her being [[spoiler:[[SexySecretary Miss Moneypenny]]]].
* ActionPrologue: The opening chase through Istanbul for the MacGuffin containing the identities of the undercover NATO agents.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Q, no longer the cantankerous old man that Desmond Llewellyn portrayed or Creator/JohnCleese for ''Die Another Day'' or ''[[VideoGame/EverythingorNothing Everything or Nothing]]'' but the young and nerdy Creator/BenWhishaw, in the "attractive HollywoodNerd" sense.
* {{Adorkable}}: Q, at least, in looks, evocative of a young nerd.
* AgeCut: The opening credits features two shots of Skyfall being ripped away to show Bond's eyes. In the first, it's a boy; in the second, it's Daniel Craig.
* AgentsDating: Unlike in other Bond movies, here it was narrowly [[AvertedTrope averted]] for a change of pace in ''Skyfall'' with Bond and [[spoiler:Eve Moneypenny]]:
-->[[spoiler:'''Eve Moneypenny''']]: I'm sure we'll have one or two close shaves.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Silva begs M to shoot himself and her through the head and end both their pain when he finds out she's been mortally wounded.]]
* TheAlcoholic: Bond, who begins drinking heavily after his HeroicBSOD at the start of the film.
* AllThereInTheScript: Raoul Silva's first name is never used in the movie itself. Even the credits list him simply as "Silva".
%%** In the movie itself, you do learn his actual name, which is [[spoiler:Tiago Rodriguez]].
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: After his agent steals the encrypted hard drive in the prologue, Silva blows up MI6 headquarters remotely to further humiliate M.
* AmbiguouslyBi:
** Silva aggressively flirts with both Severine and Bond following their capture.
** Bond flirts with every woman he meets, but also quips to Silva while the villain suggestively touches him.
--->'''Silva:''' Well, first time for everything – yes?\\
'''Bond:''' What makes you think this is my first time?
** And later [[spoiler:when Silva forces Bond into a contest to see who can shoot a glass of whiskey off Serverine's head]], we have this snippet.
--->'''Silva:'''(cheek to cheek) [[DoubleEntendre Let's see who ends up on top.]]
* AncestralWeapon:
** James uses the hunting rifle of his father Andrew Bond to fight off Silva's mooks early on in the climax.
** [[MythologyGag In a meta example]], Bond's Aston Martin [=DB5=], which Sean Connery's Bond drove in ''{{Film/Goldfinger}}''. The car, which had been making cameo appearances in the franchise ever since, was very useful in cutting down Mr. Silva's henchmen.
%%*** He's noticeably angered when [[spoiler:Silva has his men in the helicopter shoot it to bits.]]
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The film ends with Bond being given a new mission by M.
-->'''M''': So, 007, lots to be done. Are you ready to get back to work?\\
'''Bond''': With pleasure, M. With pleasure.\\
''(BondGunBarrel TitleSequence plays)''
** In a more meta way, the movie ends with the classic title card: "James Bond Will Return."
* AnimalMotifs: Silva compares himself and Bond to a couple of rats.
* AntiHero: As usual for this Bond.
-->'''Psychologist:''' Murder.\\
'''Bond:''' Employment.
* ArcWords:
** "Skyfall" is mentioned early on, and is the only part of the word association test that he doesn't have a witty response to. It turns out to be [[spoiler:his family home, where he lived after his parents died in a freak accident.]]
** "Think on your sins."
** "Sometimes, the old ways are the best."
** "Boom" becomes an Arc Song Lyric of sorts for Silva. At one point while Silva taunts Bond, he has a popular French song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moPbM7Co8CY "Boum"]] by Charles Trenet playing on his loudspeaker. During his final confrontation with Bond and M, Silva's helicopter speakers blare out The Animals' version of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emMKvBqTkkA Jon Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom".]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Komodo Dragons are hunters and scavengers, not fighters. They tend to wait until their prey is too weak to fight before they attack [[note]]If you're curious, their mouths are a veritable Petri dish of potentially lethal bacteria (specifically, ''E. coli, Staphylococcus sp., Providencia sp., Proteus morgani'', and ''P. mirabilis)'', and they are known to possess venom glands[[/note]]. They do this to conserve energy, as they are large and cold-blooded. They wouldn't retreat into the shade, as they want to stay in the light (preferably the sun's light) to stay warm.
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: Hydrogen cyanide does not dissolve tooth and bone as is depicted. It is a colorless, odorless gas that causes death by cutting off cell respiration. However, it's possible that the cyanide capsule included acid in order to release the poison, and that this particular capsule simply contained too much acid and too little cyanide. This would still make Silva wrong, as he specifically blames the cyanide, but perhaps he is simply not well-versed on the subject, or was just ignoring the technicalities.
** The capsule would have been designed to be ''swallowed'', not bitten into, and so the acid would quicken the corrosion of the casing itself rather than wait for stomach acids to do it like with your pills. If Silva didn't know how to take his poison, it's unlikely he knows how it works.
* AsideGlance: When the MP starts prattling on at the hearing, Mallory gives a subtle "Oh, come on" look to her/the camera.
* AsYouKnow: Sardonically done by Mallory with M.
-->'''Mallory:''' Three months ago, you lost the computer drive containing the identity of almost every NATO agent embedded in terrorist organizations across the globe. A list which, in the eyes of our allies, never existed. So if you'll forgive me, I think you know why you're here.
* AwardBaitSong: The film's main theme, "Skyfall", by the award winning singer Music/{{Adele}}. It topped charts on its first day of release, won the Golden Globe for Best Song, the Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media, ''and'' the Academy Award for Best Original Song, becoming the fifth Bond song to be so nominated and the first ever to win.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** Patrice uses armor-piercing depleted uranium rounds, which unsurprisingly are rare enough to allow Bond to track him down easily.
** Q all but cites this trope when he tells Bond that Q branch doesn't tend to go in for "[[MythologyGag exploding]] [[Film/GoldenEye pens]]" anymore, after giving 007 two practical gadgets: a [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} homing beacon radio]] and a personalized pistol [[Film/LicenceToKill coded so that only he can fire it]].
*** Which may be either a MythologyGag or just an unintentional mistake, since Bond had a personalised signature gun in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', about 7 years ''before'' he got the exploding pen, making the ''pen'' more sophisticated. And in both movies the gun doesn't actually serve any purpose other than being dropped so that some hapless guy in the Komodo dragon pit can fail to shoot him with it.
** While the elephant gun is obscenely powerful, as soon as Bond empties it twice, he drops it and picks up a much more practical assault rifle from one of his fallen foes. AncestralWeapon or not, he knows which weapon is better in a combat situation.
* BackFromTheDead: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]].
-->'''Bond:''' Everyone needs a hobby.\\
'''Silva:''' So what's yours?\\
'''Bond:''' Resurrection.
* BadassBeard: Bond sports one that's just out of PermaStubble through part of the film.
* BadassBureaucrat: Mallory is currently a bureaucrat, but only because he's a RetiredBadass. [[spoiler:He gets into a gunfight against Silva, takes a bullet, and is later tapped as M's replacement after she dies.]]
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Silva's plan to humiliate and then kill M succeeds, though he is unable to make M kill the both of them directly as he wanted, or live to see his victory. Bond is only able to save his own life, and possibly restore M's reputation posthumously.]]
* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Mallory is introduced as an ObstructiveBureaucrat but he has HiddenDepths; he not only proves himself as a useful badass but is also a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who understands the need of [[CowboyCop out-of-the-box plans]]. [[spoiler:Due to these qualities, [[LegacyCharacter he's chosen to become the new M.]]]]
* BanisterSlide: Bond and Silva slide down the separator between escalators in the London Underground during the chase sequence. In reality, there are actually spacers every few feet to prevent people doing exactly this (one of which can be seen detached on the floor at the end).
* BatmanColdOpen: A totally spectacular one, featuring no less than ''three'' chase scenes and a TraintopBattle.
* BatmanGambit:
** Silva's EvilPlan exploits various MI-6 protocols to further itself. [[spoiler:Silva knows that MI6 will eventually identify and arrest him, so he spends years planning around his inevitable capture; come the day of his escape, he counter-hacks MI6 and abuses M's overconfidence to close in and assassinate her.]]
** Bond convinces Q to leave a hidden trail for Silva, knowing Silva will discover it. Bond then fortifies himself [[spoiler:in his ancestral estate of Skyfall]], where he can eliminate Silva without collateral damage.
* BeardOfSorrow: Bond grew a BadassBeard during a prolonged HeroicBSOD.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Bond looks like ''hell'' throughout his HeroicBSOD. His return to form symbolizes that he's snapped out of it.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Quoted word for word by Severine in Macau when Bond asks to meet her employer. Turns out her employer is Silva.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Five months of torture at the hands of the Chinese literally knocked the hope and sanity out of Silva. The unsuccessful suicide by CyanidePill that left him painfully disfigured merely rubbed more salt into the wound.]]
* BerserkButton:
** Bond gets ''really'' pissed when Silva and his mooks [[WatchThePaintJob destroy the Aston Martin]].
** For Silva, anything involving M, but especially when she refuses to use his real name.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Silva, who acts like a laid-back goofball, while still being [[FauxAffablyEvil a dangerous psychotic]].
* {{BFG}}: Bond's AncestralWeapon, a Anderson Wheeler 500 NE Double Rifle chambered for the .500 Nitro Express which is a cartridge designed to kill Cape buffalo, rhinos, and ELEPHANTS.
* BigBad: Raoul Silva makes all the plots and executes them and even gets hands on with Bond and M.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Bond stops Silva's rampage, but loses M in the process.]]
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: [[spoiler:The main villain, Silva]] gets offed when Bond hurls a hunting knife straight into his back.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: The title sequence, due to the ActionPrologue ending in Bond's falling into a river, shot.
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: [[spoiler:The post-final-final-confrontation]] takes place in a Chapel.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom:
** Stopping power seems to be a hallmark of the film, with most gunshots physically knocking their targets back, regardless of the gun that fired them. Eve's shot during the prologue is a prime example, [[spoiler:knocking Bond clear off the train]] with a single shot from an M16 Assault Rifle.
** In the courtroom shootout, Mallory is shot with a Glock 17, and is sent reeling as if it were a Desert Eagle.
** Kincade's 12 Gauge is the most prominent example, taking out three men with two shots, and knocking all three off their feet and into a wall.
-->'''Kincade''': Welcome to Scotland.
* BlueBlood: Bond himself, whose family owned a large, if now dilapidated, Scottish manor surrounded by a massive estate.
* BondGunBarrel: The classic version of the Bond gun barrel sequence serves as the punchline to TheTag at the end of the movie, marking its first ''real'' appearance since ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.
* BondOneLiner:
** Bond, [[TropeNamer of course]], most notably, "Last [[spoiler:rat]] standing."
*** There's also "[[Disney/TheLionKing Circle of life]]" for the henchman left at the mercy of the Komodo dragon pit.
** Kincade blasting a henchman with a shotgun and saying, "Welcome to Scotland!"
* BoringButPractical:
** Bond receives two rather unimpressive-looking gadgets from Q: a Walther PPK/S chambered in .380 ACP that only Bond can fire, and an emergency homing beacon. Both turn out to be lifesavers during his mission in Asia.
-->'''Bond:''' Latest thing from Q branch. It's called a radio.
** A recurring theme of the movie, really. Silva specializes in hacking elaborate computer networks, and rigs ''London itself'' into a deathtrap to escape Bond and reach M's hearing; Bond only manages to undermine him with ordinary tools that Silva has no way of manipulating, such as a two-way radio, a beaten-down homestead in the middle of nowhere, and [[spoiler:a completely ordinary hunting knife]].
** The signature gun is arguably not very practical; just like the one he had in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', its sole purpose seems to be for Bond to drop it and some {{Mook}} to pick it up and try-and-fail to shoot him with it. In other movies where Bond has a regular gun, he almost never loses it in this way, if he loses it at all, and sometimes when he does lose it an ''ally'' picks it up and uses it to save his life with it (case in point- ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' and Rosa Klebb's fate), so a signature gun might even potentially ''handicap'' Bond.
** While pursuing Silva through the Tube, Bond calls Q to figure out where they're going. Q does some RapidFireTyping and pulls up a fancy 3-D wireframe of the London Underground in an attempt to plot the route, which takes almost a minute plus, and he's still not finished when Bond looks up at the route map above the window in his car and in two seconds knows Westminster is the next stop.
*** [=FYI=]: There are a few [[https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tube-map/id320969612?mt=8 free apps]] which give real-time tracking and info.
* BoringInsult: When Bond is captured by Silva, Silva takes a moment to express the power and freedom he wields with his hacking, showing how he can manipulate stocks and votes with a click of a button. Bond's response? ''"Everyone needs a hobby."'' You can see Silva's playful demeanor just evaporate at that jab.
* BottomlessMagazines:
** Averted, which is unusual for a ''[[Film/JamesBond Bond]]'' movie. Characters are regularly seen reloading in shootouts, and running out of ammo is also what leads to Bond getting shot in the shoulder during the ActionPrologue.
** Played straight in the prologue: Patrice with his fully-automatic Glock 18 is able to lay down near-continuous fire from the roof of the train and is only seen reloading once. Initially handwaved by his using a drum magazine, though he carries on doing so even after he gets rid of it and switches to regular stick magazines. He's also using "hard to get and extremely expensive" depleted uranium shells -- apparently he had a bottomless wallet, as well, since that uranium must cost quite a fortune.
* BreakTheHaughty: Q, courtesy of Silva, while Silva's in MI6 ''custody''.
-->'''Computer Screen''': Not such a clever boy.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: For the film's climax, James uses a classic Aston Martin [=DB5=] because unlike most of MI6's other vehicles, it lacks any computerized tracking equipment that Silva could use against him. [[spoiler:Not to mention the very same machine guns it had in ''Goldfinger''.]]
* BrokenAesop: Everyone in MI-6 talks about how they're not too young/old for the job, [[FailureHero yet they all fail at everything]]. Bond fails to get to his partner on time and Moneypenny fails to take the shot of the thief. Bond fails his test, fails to reach the informant, then misses the shot-glass. Q falls for the honeypot virus and M falls for the false capture. Finally, [[spoiler:Bond fails to protect M]].
* BrokenBird: Severine, an ex-SexSlave controlled by BigBad Silva. Her smile as Bond gets under her veneer is not pleasant.
* CallBack: The death of Bond's parents and his youth as an orphan, as previously discussed in ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' and ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' and a piece of backstory dating back to Fleming's original novels, is a running plot thread through the film.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: MI6 agent Eve reveals her last name at the end: [[spoiler:Moneypenny]].
* CapturedOnPurpose: Silva let himself get captured to begin the first stage in his insanely long plan of revenge.
* CarFu: Silva manages to do this with a train of all things, by blowing out a side tunnel and letting momentum and the London Underground do the rest for him.
* CartwrightCurse:
** [[spoiler:Severine]], like many of the women who sleep with Bond in a given film, ends up getting a bullet later.
** Also averted: This is the first Bond movie starring Daniel Craig in which he sleeps with a girl who does ''not'' die: the unnamed woman he sleeps during the vacation montage. And [[spoiler:possibly Eve as well]].
* CentralTheme: "Does an intelligence agent like James Bond, with his old-fashioned techniques and approaches, still have a place in a modern, digital world?"
* ChainPain: Patrice grabs a chain to fight Bond with during the TraintopBattle in the beginning.
* ChangingOfTheGuard: By the end of ''Skyfall'', we're introduced to a new Q, [[spoiler:and a new M and Moneypenny.]]
* ChekhovsGag:
** Bond's issued gadgets consist of a mildly tricked out Walther PPK/S and a panic button radio. Q snarks about Bond possibly expecting an exploding pen. The joke first pays off when Bond uses the radio to summon TheCavalry, and again [[spoiler:when he digs up a [[WeaponizedCar weaponized Aston Martin [=DB5=].]]]] "Sometimes the old ways are the best", indeed.
** Bond complains when he sees M's tacky china bulldog in the makeshift HQ. [[spoiler:Guess what M leaves for 007 in her will?]]
-->'''Bond''': The whole office goes up in smoke and that bloody thing survives?"
* ChekhovsGun:
** {{Played with}} when Bond receives a "palm recognition" gun from Q that only he can fire. [[InvertedTrope Unlike the standard]] Chekhov's Gun, as soon as you see it, you know that at some point, it's going to ''not'' be fired-- when a bad guy gets a hold of it and tries to use it. Bond himself [[SubvertedTrope never actually fires it]].
** Q also gives Bond a Chekhov's "distress radio."
** One of the notable camera shots in the Macau casino shows [[ConspicuousCG decorative giant komodo dragons]] in an ideal fighting area. ''It doesn't take a screenwriter to figure out that someone is getting eaten in a few minutes.''
** [[NoticeThis "...And here is a currently irrelevant priest tunnel that lights up when you open it."]]
** Silva is coming. [[ChekhovsGift Here's the elephant gun and hunting knife]] [[spoiler:your father left you.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Played with regarding [[spoiler:Mallory. Savvy viewers will be able to work out that he's being set up for something, so it's heavily suggested he's a MoleInCharge to throw us off the scent as to how Silva gets into MI6's systems. In fact, he's destined to be the replacement for M.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Bond's ImprobableAimingSkills, which he has to re-learn after [[GameBreakingInjury a bullet in the shoulder]].
* ChronicallyCrashedCar: [[spoiler:Just like most of Bond's cars, the Aston Martin doesn't end the movie in one piece.]]
* ColonelBadass: Mallory was formerly commanding officer of the 22nd Regiment out of Hereford - he was [=SAS=] during The Troubles in Ireland.
* ComplexityAddiction: Silva's plans, befitting a Bond villain, are far more complicated than they need to be, but wouldn't be nearly as fun to watch otherwise. For example, he has a sniper shoot his way to the top of an office building to assassinate a man in the building opposite, even though the target is already ''surrounded'' by Silva's own men. [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance This is actually all part of his plan]]: he ''wants'' to get captured so that he can utterly humiliate M before killing her.]]
* CompositeCharacter: Silva combines elements of Alec Trevelyan (a former MI6 agent), Boris Grishenko (a genius-level hacker) and Elektra King (emotionally damaged after M, whom she views as a quasi-maternal figure, leaves her at the mercy of her captors, and wants to [[spoiler:humiliate and murder M in revenge, using Bond as the tool to reach the older woman]]).
* CompressedHair: Severine's hair looks like it's no longer than a bob cut during the casino sequence. By the time she's on the yacht, it's down around her shoulders, revealing that it was merely pinned up during the previous scene.
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Justified due to the thick stone walls of Skyfall; nothing short of a helicopter-mounted heavy machine gun can penetrate them. Inverted for those, though, since in reality it would take cannon fire, shaped charges, or heavy missiles to penetrate walls so thick.
* ContinuityNod: Just like 40th anniversary Bond film ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', the 50th anniversary ''Skyfall'' makes multiple references to previous films in the series.
** ''Film/DrNo'':
*** Bond is given a new Walther PPK pistol by Q Branch.
*** The painting shown to Patrice's target in Shanghai is [[http://arthistory.about.com/od/lost_and_found/ig/moderne_paris_theft/moderne_theft_0510_04.htm Modigliani's "Woman With a Fan"]], which was stolen in 2010 (apparently, its appearance here is supposed to imply that Silva was behind the theft). [[Film/DrNo Dr. No's]] lair was adorned with Francisco Goya's "Portrait of The Duke of Wellington", which was stolen in 1961 and its appearance was also supposed to imply that Dr. No was responsible for the theft.
*** The scotch Silva uses in his and Bond's WilliamTelling contest is dated 1962, the year ''Film/DrNo'' was released.
** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'':
*** The ActionPrologue ends on a train traveling out of Istanbul.
*** Bond references his previous "Rather nasty Christmas present" response to a much more gadget-laden briefcase.
--->'''Bond''': Not exactly Christmas, is it?
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'':
*** The radio tracking device Bond receives is a larger version of an identical device from ''Goldfinger''.
*** Bond repeats a line from ''Goldfinger'' in his first meeting with Q:
---->'''Bond:''' You must be joking.
*** The poor thug who falls into the Komodo dragon pit is made to resemble Oddjob. A physically imposing, well dressed, Asian man with a goatee. All he was missing was the hat.
*** Bond's Aston Martin [=DB5=] Vanquish has a red ejector seat button on the gear lever and machine guns behind the headlights.
---->'''Bond (finger poised over button):''' Are you going to complain the whole way there?\\
'''M:''' Go ahead. Eject me. See if I care.
** ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'':
*** After being trapped in an area filled with man-eating komodo dragons, Bond uses one of them as a stepping stone to escape, just like he did with the alligators.
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'':
*** Bond's father's old rifle "aims to the left", similar to a rifle crafted by gunsmith Lazar, who made the gun for a mobster lacking a few fingers, meaning it aims some inches lower.
*** During the climactic battle, Bond and his allies use [[HallOfMirrors mirrors]] to distract their enemies.
*** Silva's LightIsNotGood outfit is similar to Francisco Scaramanga's.
*** Severine is the SexSlave of the villain, who's Bond's EvilCounterpart and eventually killed by him, much like Andrea Anders. And like Anders, she hates her lover and wants Bond to kill him so as to free her.
** ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'':
*** When Silva [[spoiler:reveals the effects of cyanide poisoning]], his features become reminiscent of Creator/RichardKiel, the actor who played the henchman Jaws in both films. Javier Bardem, the actor who plays Silva, had stated in an earlier interview that Jaws was his favorite Bond villain ever. His eyelids also sag down, just like Blofeld's did.
*** Bond's HighAltitudeInterrogation and execution of Patrice echoes that of the mook in TSWLM.
** ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'':
*** Bond practically name-drops the film after digging some shrapnel out of his shoulder and asking that it be given to M, "For her eyes only."
*** Silva is the second BigBad in the franchise to [[spoiler:die by a throwing knife to the back.]]
*** The scene where [[spoiler:Silva is stabbed in the back]] takes place in a church, similar to FYEO.
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}''
*** Bond and Patrice's train top fight is similar to Bond's with Mishka.
** ''Film/AViewToAKill''
*** Both feature Bond taking a ShowerOfLove with the BondGirl.
** ''Film/LicenceToKill'':
*** A "signature gun" that will only fire if Bond is using it.
** ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'':
*** Q jokes about the pen gadget.
---->'''Q''': Were you expecting an exploding pen? We don't really go in for that anymore.
*** Silva's first line, "Hello, James" mirrors Alec Trevelyan's introductory line. And like him, he's an ex-MI6 agent gone rogue. In fact, as noted by the Agony Booth, Silva seems to combine many traits of ''two'' of the film’s villains--Trevelyan and Boris Grishenko (expert hacker).
*** In ''[=GoldenEye=]'', M makes a remark about how unlike the American government, the British government prefers not to get its bad news from CNN. In the North American and British releases, Bond learns of the MI6 bombing via a CNN newscast.
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'':
*** The explosion that takes out MI6 is very reminiscent of the one in the other film's opening sequence.
*** As is Bond adjusting his cufflink in the middle of the ActionPrologue, much like how Bond adjusted his tie.
*** Likewise in the ActionPrologue, Bond receives a shoulder injury (a gunshot wound vs. falling onto the Millennium Dome), hampering his ability to perform in the field, and has to undergo a psychology test like in ''TWINE''.
*** M finds herself once again as the target of an old acquaintance's vengeance.
*** M asks Bond, "And I'm to be the bait?", which echoes Elektra King's "You used me as bait" when she confronts Bond.
** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'':
*** When James returns from his unplanned retirement, M snaps at him with "what did you expect, an apology?", mirroring a similarly cold remark she made in the previous film. Also counts as {{Foreshadowing}} because [[spoiler:when she finally confronts Silva, he comments that he expected "no remorse" from her, which becomes an instance of PrideBeforeAFall; it's implied that had she apologized, he would have given up trying to kill her.]]
*** Q tells 007 to "put your back into it" when the latter fails to open the service door, precisely what Bond said to Miranda Frost.
** ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'':
*** After deciding to come back, Bond contacts M by breaking into her house, mirroring his break in into her previous home.
*** Bond tells Eve "don't touch your ear", as he told Agent Carter. Unlike Agent Carter, Eve listens.
*** James uses a Caterpillar backhoe during the first train chase.
*** When Silva caresses Bond's thighs, Bond asks 'What makes you think this is my first time?'. While seemingly a throwaway quip, Bond may actually be referring to Le Chiffre stripping him naked, tying him to a chair (that had the seat bottom cut out) and torturing him.
*** Both films end with a woman dying in Bond's arms.
*** The music playing as Bond arrives at the casino in Macau sounds like "You Know My Name".
*** Bond hangs around to watch the casino bartender make his drink. No poisoning this time.
** ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'':
*** M again comments that "Regret is unprofessional."
*** Bond chasing Patrice over Istanbul rooftops, much like he did Quantum's henchman.
** In general:
*** Q insisting that Bond return the gun and radio device, "intact". A frequent complaint of the original Q in earlier Bond movies.
*** Later in Macau, we see the martini James ordered being [[TuxedoAndMartini shaken, not stirred]].
---->'''Bond:''' Perfect.
*** "James Bond Will Return" at the end of the credits.
*** At the end of the film, MI6 moves into the same Universal Exports offices seen in the Connery, Lazenby, Moore and Dalton movies (the padded doorway leading into Mallory!!M's office is a telltale cue).
*** Silva [[spoiler:worked for MI6 in Hong Kong in the late 80s-mid 90s, the same time period that the Bond franchise stalled. Hong Kong was meant to be the setting for Timothy Dalton's third film before it went into DevelopmentHell.]]
* ContemplativeBoss: M after hearing that Bond has been shot.
* ContinuityReboot: Tells how Bond came to meet Q, [[spoiler:Moneypenny, and the male M]], as well as how he came to operate out of the Universal Exports' offices.[[note]]None of this has ever actually been depicted in the films before, nor in any of the Fleming novels.[[/note]] To reinforce this, the BondGunBarrel sequence closes the movie instead of opening it.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Bond. Also Lampshaded by M.
-->'''M:''' Orphans always make the best recruits.
* CoolCar: The iconic Aston Martin [=DB5=] returns and still kicks ass despite its very age. Cue iconic musical score.
* CoolOldGuy: Kincade, who is kind of like [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Alfred Pennyworth]], but packing major heat.
* CoolOldLady: M gets in on the action, firing guns and wiring up the chandelier in Skyfall into a booby trap for Silva. [[spoiler:By her own admission, she's "a lousy shot", but hey, booby-trapping the chandelier was pretty awesome by itself.]]
* TheCracker: Silva moves forward with a lot of his plans by hacking into a massive amount of networks including MI6.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler:M sold Silva out to the Chinese, leading to horrific consequences that caused his journey to a FallenHero.]]
* CreatorCameo: Producer Michael G. Wilson, who has received cameos dating back to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', gets two, although his cameo as a pall-bearer was reduced to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the edit.
* CuttingTheKnot: [[spoiler:After all his fancy misdirection and techno-tricks fail to kill M, Silva just sends a bunch of men with guns. [[SubvertedTrope Which turn out to be just softening them up for his attack copter]] and more men with guns. Ironically, the first group actually succeeded; she took a mortal wound and just hadn't died yet.]]
* CyanidePill: [[BungledSuicide Subverted.]] [[TheManTheyCouldntHang The pill doesn't kill him.]]
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:M sold former British agent Silva out to the Chinese in exchange for 6 other agents and a peaceful transition in Hong Kong after Silva started disobeying orders and running ops against Chinese intelligence on his own.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The film in general, as befits the Craig-era Bond. Particularly the credit sequence. Normally consisting of the jiggling, gyrating silhouettes of nubile women, now full of numerous scenes of death and destruction, and the song itself is probably the darkest in Bond history.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The film explores M's background and motivations.
* DeadpanSnarker: Creator/DanielCraig's version of Bond has made dry quips before, but it's worth noting that he really takes it up a notch this time around. [[SnarkToSnarkCombat Half his dialogue with M, Q, and Eve consist of sarcasm, and they snark right back.]]
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:After the film explores M's character, she is killed off.]]
* DeathSeeker: Silva fluctuates between wanting to kill M and wanting M to kill him over the course of the film.
* DeconReconSwitch:
** The film questions the effectiveness of Bond and MI6 in the modern age, only to decide that men like Bond will always be needed.
** The film also deconstructs M herself, demonstrating the consequences of her ruthless, pragmatic dedication to duty, but also ultimately shows that such dedication can also be courageous and honorable.
--->'''M:''' To hell with dignity. I'll leave when the job is done.
** After serving as a deconstruction of Bond as a whole, the movie also reconstructs and reintroduces several elements from older Bond movies before Brosnan and Craig took on the role. [[spoiler:Such as MI-6 being based out of the Universal Exports offices, a male M and Bond's flirtatious relationship with Moneypenny.]]
* DentedIron: A recurring theme. The effectiveness of the aging Bond, M, Mallory, MI6, Bond's family manor, and [[VestigialEmpire Britain itself]] are all questioned, only for all of them to prove to be considerably tougher than they look. Then there's this {{subtext}}-laden remark about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fighting_Temeraire a painting]] in the National Gallery:
-->'''Q:''' Always makes me feel a bit melancholy; a grand old warship being ignominiously hauled away for scrap. The inevitability of time, don't you think?
* DepravedBisexual: Silva invokes this to screw with Bond. Bond just [[DeadpanSnarker snarks]] back, leading Silva to give up and move on to a sadistic WilliamTelling contest instead.
* DestroyTheProductPlacement: Bond crashes a Volkswagen Beetle in the opening sequence.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Bond and Eve's close shave ends on an ambiguous note. [[spoiler:Between that and the whole "friendly fire" incident, it adds a new wrinkle to the classic Bond/Moneypenny dynamic.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:M dies in Bond's arms after being mortally wounded by one of Silva's men earlier.]]
* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:M dies with her eyes open, leaving Bond to close them for her.]]
* DirtyCop: "Constable" Silva and a couple of his men shoot up an inquiry board hearing.
* DisneyVillainDeath: The fight on the top floor of a Shanghai skyscraper ends with Patrice falling to his death after slipping out of Bond's hands.
* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler:Severine appears for all of a half-dozen scenes before Silva shoots her in the head. This shows how disposable Silva considers everyone and everything, a dark mirror to M's pragmatism.]]
* DoubleEntendre:
** Silva slings one at Bond when challenging him to the WilliamTelling shooting contest:
-->'''Silva:''' Let's see who ends up on top.
** As well as his line about how "we can eat each other... hmm?", which he says while touching Bond suggestively.
* DownerBeginning: [[spoiler:The movie begins with the opening chase through Istanbul ending in failure as Patrice gets away with the MacGuffin containing the identities of the undercover NATO agents, and to make matters worse, Bond is presumed dead after being shot by Eve.]]
* DoWrongRight: When Mallory catches Q and Tanner working off the books to help capture Silva. Mallory hopes they all succeed together so they aren't all arrested.
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: A number of scenes take place during the Chinese New Year of 2012, the [[EasternZodiac Year of the Dragon]].
* DressingAsTheEnemy: A variation. Silva and his men dress as police constables to attack M.
* DrivenToSuicide: Part of Silva's backstory. It didn't work, obviously.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Eve is very aggressive in a car pursuit.
-->''[A side mirror is knocked off]''\\
'''Bond:''' It's alright. We weren't using it anyway.\\
''[Eve swerves to knock off the other one]''\\
'''Eve:''' Wasn't using that one either.
* DueToTheDead: The lack of ceremony accorded to dead spies is mentioned several times -- all they get is their real name engraved into a remembrance wall. Similarly, after [[spoiler:M's death]], none of the flags in the area around MI6's headquarters are at half mast, and both Eve and Bond comment on the lack of ceremony.
* DyingToBeReplaced: [[spoiler:Gareth Mallory succeeds Judi Dench's character as M following her death at the end of the film.]]
* DyingTruce: [[spoiler:when Bond finishes off Silva with a thrown knife to the back, neither have any weapons left anyway. But neither of them attempt to fight or finish each other off more quickly, just staring each other down and allowing Bond to give a signature one-liner right before Silva finally keels over.]]
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The replacement MI6 offices in underground London, like a British equivalent to ''Series/TwentyFour'''s CTU.
* EmpathicEnvironment: When M thinks Bond has been killed, she is framed against a window with rain pouring down outside.
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Bond at the beginning of the film, and later when he encounters M in her flat.
* EndOfAnAge: The film constantly touches on DentedIron and ends on [[spoiler:the iconic Aston Martin [=DB5=] being destroyed and Judi Dench's M dead.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Just prior to Silva's on-camera appearance, Bond's taken to an open-air server network in a dusty, deserted city. Such an environment would make the computers degrade quickly -- essentially, hardware that'd self-dispose about when Silva presumably no longer needs it. Indeed, [[spoiler:Silva's planning to be caught shortly after this encounter, and he is.]]
* EtTuBrute: Silva himself felt this way after [[spoiler:realizing that M sold him out to the Chinese]].
* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] when you think about it: The Aston-Martin ''does'' have an ejector seat with its needed fuel and machine guns with its required ammo.
* EverythingIsOnline: How Silva accomplishes a number of his objectives, including how he obtained his lair and [[spoiler:escapes custody]] late in the film. It is {{lampshaded}} in the film that some of the things he does ''should'' have been impossible.
* EvilCounterpart: BigBad Silva to Bond. Also something of a counterpart to M.
* EvilGenius: Silva seeing everything, especially people, as disposable if it serves his goal and his brilliance allows him to hatch a very complicated plan [[spoiler:that succeeds]].
* ExactWords: The shooting contest was to ''knock'' the glass off of Severene's head. [[spoiler:Silva accomplishes that by shooting her in the head, not the glass]].
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: With a bomb and a train.
-->'''Bond:''' I do hope that wasn't for me.\\
'''Silva:''' *Laughs* No... But that one is.\\
* Cue a Tube train dropping down*
* EyeTake:
** Bond, when [[spoiler:Silva hacks the security at MI6 ''indirectly''.]]
** Mallory, during M's speech at the inquiry. You can ''see'' him being turned from an ObstructiveBureaucrat to a ReasonableAuthorityFigure. Moments later, when Silva attacks, he takes a bullet in the shoulder that Silva's pistol was intending for M, and uses a bailiff's pistol to kill one of Silva's men.
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler:Silva took a defective CyanidePill that left him without teeth or part of his palate, forcing him to wear prosthetic ones. In one scene, the audience gets to see him rip the whole thing out, ''deflating his cheeks.'']]
* FailureHero:
** Bond fails at every objective he has during the movie: he loses the MI6 hard drive; allows an assassin to kill a politician; fails to get information from said assassin; fails to protect the mole; [[spoiler:falls into Silva's trap; fails to stop Silva escaping; fails to stop several deaths in Parliament; loses Skyfall Manor; kills Silva instead of letting him rot in prison; and finally fails to protect M.]] The only positive thing that can be said is that he survives. In a sense, this is exactly the way Ian Fleming first conceived of Bond.
** Ultimately, the end of the movie is a PyrrhicVictory: Bond defeats Silva, but that was his only victory. Everything else went to shit.
** ''Every'' major character in this film has some sort of major failure in their past, including Silva.
* FakingTheDead: Bond, until MI-6 is attacked.
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Silva was an ex-MI6 agent.]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:M's dying words while looking right into Bond's eyes.]] "I did get one thing right..."
* FedToTheBeast: In Macau, Bond falls into a pit of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon Komodo dragons]] with one of Silva's mooks. Said mook tries to kill him with the palmprint gun and fails to do so. He is then dragged into the shadow and eaten by one of the lizards.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: In the scene Silva is introduced, he eventually starts suggestively touching Bond all over [[FauxYay to get under Bond's skin]]. Bond is not as hostile to this as you'd think.
* ForEverythingThereIsAFirstTime: after ''49 years'' of successfully dodging bullets, 007 finally manages to get himself shot---''twice!''---in ''Skyfall'''s opening chase sequence. It has a profound effect on him throughout the better part of the first half of the movie.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The opening credits sequence foreshadows multiple elements of Bond's mission to Asia, Bond and Silva's backstories, and the climactic showdown at the titular Skyfall manor at the end of the movie.
*** The theme song also has a few - the chorus in particular indirectly mentions that there will be a battle ("We will stand tall, face it all together, at Skyfall.")
*** When Judi Dench's credits appears, [[FreezeFrameBonus if one pauses it before it disappears]], the background behind the text is a [[spoiler:gravestone, like her name is on it]]. Sure enough, [[spoiler:M dies by the film's end]].
** In the first scene, M orders Bond to leave Ronson behind so he can get the hard drive back, sacrificing one life for the greater good and not having to risk the lives of more agents. She orders Eve to shoot at Patrice for the same reason, even if it means the possibility of hitting Bond. As we learn later, she did the same thing to Silva. It didn't go well.
** M's line "Oh, to ''hell'' with dignity! I'll leave when the job's done!" foreshadows her final scene at the end of the movie.
** Bond's line to Severine, "Someone usually dies."
** A very subtle example that overlaps somewhat with a CallBack to ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'': [[spoiler:in the earlier film, Bond tells M "I thought M was a randomly assigned letter, I had no idea it stood for..." clearly implying that M's real name has a letter m in it somewhere. In ''Skyfall'', we're introduced to an authoritative senior figure ([[SpoiledByTheFormat played by a big-time actor]]), named Mallory...]]
** As they're arming up at Skyfall manor, Kincaid produces a hunting knife and comments that "sometimes the old ways are the best". [[spoiler:Guess how Silva meets his end.]]
** In addition, Judi Dench's M is referred to as [[spoiler:Emma]] at one point, implying it may be a nickname as well as a codename.
*** Though it's more likely [[spoiler:Kincade assumed he heard "Em"]] and that it would be nice to be formal. They didn't have the heart, [[YouDidntAsk and didn't see the necessity]], to correct him.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** When M is looking at the YouTube video [[spoiler:containing the first 5 names]], the suggested video list shows that [[spoiler:Silva has at least put up trailers for the other videos, if he hasn't outright put them up already]].
** If you look at the dashboard and armrest of the [=DB5=] when Bond is [[spoiler:using the forward-mounted Machine guns]], you can see that the car also contains [[spoiler:the radio tracker from ''Goldfinger'', and the armrest containing all the controls suggests that the car contains ''all'' of the gadgets from that movie]].
** The gift box containing M's porcelain bull dog has her full name printed on it. It's [[spoiler:Olivia Mansfield]].
** The "crown" on M's head in the mocking video Silva sends is actually the [=MI6=] building, foreshadowing that he's going to attack it.
* FruitCart: Quite a few get broken in Istanbul during a chase.
* GayBravado: Silva and Bond ([[AmbiguouslyBi maybe]]). Bond isn't impressed, so Silva goes for something more...[[WilliamTelling psychological.]]
-->'''Bond:''' What makes you think this is my first time?\\
'''Silva:''' ''(leans back, coyly)'' Oh, Mr Bond.
* GadgeteerGenius:
** Bond's brilliant quartermaster, Q (Creator/BenWhishaw), returns to the franchise and is in many ways a painful subversion. While he is a hacking savant, he belittles field work and the very gadgets his branch has traditionally been in charge of, and acts as though the radio he produced is really a revolutionary design rather than something Q Branch had been doing for quite some time before him. [[spoiler:This is all tragically deconstructed when Silva plays him for a fool and dozens of people wind up dead because of it.]]
** Cyberterrorist [[BigBad Raoul Silva]] as well.
** M gets to do some [[MacGyvering improvisational boobytrapping]] before the climax, a nice ContinuityNod to ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
* GambitRoulette: Despite being years in the making, exploiting MI6 protocols, and having a fairly simple end goal, Silva's plan relies heavily on the assumption that no one will just [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shoot him in the head]] or [[SpannerInTheWorks fail to follow protocol]].
* GhostTown: Silva's island. He faked a chemical leak [[InvokedTrope to make everyone evacuate]].
** Interestingly, Hashima Island, the island Silva's lair is located on, is a real life ghost town in Japan (not China). It was a coal mining facility from 1887 to 1974, before it was abandoned overnight. The island is notable for its character due to its sea wall and its untouched abandoned and derelict concrete buildings.
* GilliganCut: A reference is made to MI6's enemies existing "in the shadows". Cut to Bond sailing towards Silva's island on a sunlit ocean.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Eve, Severine and an unnamed third girl in the Bahamas. [[spoiler:By the end of the film, Severine is dead, and Eve ''Moneypenny'' becomes the new M's secretary. [[MythologyGag Bond and Eve may or may not have slept together; it's ambiguous]].]]
* GivenNameReveal: Eve's surname [[spoiler:turns out to be Moneypenny]].
* GoBackToTheSource: Bond takes refuge in his childhood manor for his final confrontation against Silva.
* GoodOldWays: The ArcWords of ''Skyfall'' are "Sometimes the old ways are best," reflecting both on Bond's settling with his own troubled past and, in a meta sort of way, on the franchise's return to the style of the first films. Not for nothing has Skyfall been heralded as one of the best installments of the series.
* GoryDiscretionShot: After Bond struggles with his unsteady hand during the WilliamTelling contest, trying desperately to avoid unneeded casualties, [[YouHaveFailedMe Silva doesn't try]]. '''[[BoomHeadshot At all]]'''. But the only results we're shown is the tumbler of scotch hitting the ground, and later Severine's upper body slumped over from where she was tied up.
* GPSEvidence: Depleted uranium bullets, used by a few mercenaries/assassins as a calling card. Here are their photographs.
* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: The assassin assembles a bolt action rifle... which fires several times without manipulating the bolt during his hand-to-hand combat with Bond.

* HackedByAPirate: Silva does this with a stylized skull and "God save the Queen" playing in the message.
* HallOfMirrors: An early sequence has Bond shooting funhouse-style mirrors, and the climactic battle involves Kincade using reflections as decoys to deceive Silva's men.
* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: For her part in losing the MacGuffin and other recent attacks on MI6 and their allies in NATO, M faces a public hearing in front of a government committee near the middle of the film.
* HellishCopter: Silva's gunship is hit by the shock-wave and resulting flying pieces of Skyfall's explosion, prompting it to crash and kill almost all of Silva's remaining men.
* HeroKiller: Silva seems well on his way to depopulating MI:6's HR rolls by the movie's end.
* HesBack: Bond, after pretending to be dead for some time, reappears in M's house when she needs him. Also later when, after spending the whole film being held back by his [[HandicappedBadass arm injury]], Bond finally regains his ImprobableAimingSkills.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Bond attempts this on Patrice, but gets nothing out of him.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HollywoodHacking genius Q has his own security protocols used against him.
* HollywoodHacking: Both Q and Silva. Silva can turn on the gas main in MI6 via computer, somehow, though this ''is'' technically possible. [[note]]In real life, the CIA did something similar to a Siberian pipeline in the 1980's albeit with a pre planted "logic bomb". Plus it is theoretically possible to remotely disrupt utility infrastructure by interfering with SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems built into the utility pipeline by having someone physically interfere with the offline device and set it to cause the effects required, triggered by remote. But this requires a ''lot'' of work.[[/note]]
* HollywoodHealing: Averted. Bond's shoulder wound from the opening sequence ''dramatically'' affects his performance, even after he's given several months to recuperate. Granted, "recuperation" consisted of getting wasted and laying women in the middle of nowhere, and the fragments from that bullet remained in his shoulder the entire time, [[RealityEnsues preventing any real healing.]] Also, Mallory takes a bullet to the shoulder from Silva during the shootout in the boardroom, and wears a sling for the remainder of the movie.
* HollywoodNerd: The extremely svelte and good looking Creator/BenWhishaw as the new GadgeteerGenius Q.
* HollywoodTactics: Well-averted on the part of Silva's mooks during the final battle.[[note]] They react with proper suppression fire to Bond's opening ambush, take what cover they can as quickly as possible, and move through the manor in a professional fashion.[[/note]] The problem, of course, is that they're still up against James Bond.
* HonorBeforeReason: At one point, when warned that Silva is on his way to kill her, M refuses to retreat from her meeting on account she won't show them her back.
* HopeSpot: Bond takes out Silva's mooks with ease, but of course, that was the easy part.
* HouseFire: The climax of the film burns down Bond's ancestral family manor.
-->'''Bond:''' I always hated this place.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: M loses her headquarters and her career thanks to Silva [[spoiler:and then bleeds out after being grazed by a bullet fired by one of Silva's henchmen.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: M also justifies ordering Eve to shoot while Bond was in the line of fire by saying she had to do whatever she could to prevent the encrypted drive from being stolen. [[spoiler:She justifies selling out Silva to the Chinese similarly.]]
* IdiotBall:
** Come on, Q. You should know not to [[spoiler:hook the computer of RogueAgent and [[HollywoodHacking Hollywood Hacker]] Silva into MI6's network]].
** M, we understand you don't want to show weakness to anyone, but when a team of commando terrorists have broken their leader, who has a vendetta against you, out of jail, and are going to come after you in a Parliament hearing, you should have known better than continue the hearing. You're likely to get shot. Later in the film, she even says "I fucked this up, didn't I?"
** Bond [[spoiler:plants a file in the MI6 system to make Silva think that M is at Skyfall manor so he can ambush him. Then he actually takes M to Skyfall manor with only himself and an old gamekeeper for protection. Silva brings 7 or 8 guys (which was the best case scenario for Bond) and M winds up dead.]]
* IKEAWeaponry: Patrice takes out a target across the street using a custom rifle he assembles on the fly.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: A rare occasion where it's actually the heroes that go through this. Bond suffers from this early on until he gets his edge back. In the climax, M reveals that she was never a particularly good shot either (logical for someone who in their introduction to the series mentioned the view of them as a beancounter). And of course, after Bond shoots the fire extinguishers in the inquiry boardroom in an attempt to throw Silva's aim off, he fires a magazine at the smokescreen and fails to land a single shot.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Silva and a couple of henchmen dress as Metropolitan Police officers when they try to shoot M at the inquiry hearing.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: It's implied that Bond's parents may have fallen on hard times before their untimely death, although they retained the manor. That Bond himself became an orphan just adds to it.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: A point is made that Bond has lost those he used to have, which becomes important a couple of times (expecting him to make a one-handed {{William Telling}} shot with an antique caplock dueling pistol at twenty paces was just ''cruel''). His injury helps him aim his father's rifle properly, though, since said rifle tends to "aim to the left" and Bond's injury has him incline to the right.
* IncomingHam: When you want to make an entrance, it's undeniably difficult to beat a helicopter blasting classic rock from loudspeakers. {{Lampshaded}} by Bond.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler:M is clipped by a bullet in the torso, and her hand is shown very bloodied. Unsurprisingly, she doesn't last past the finale.]]
* InformedFlaw: The doctor clearly believes Bond is addicted to both alcohol and pills, but after Bond starts working, he's never shown to be drunk, high, or suffering from withdrawal.
** Then again, he is shown to drink at the beach in Turkey and appears completely hung over, or indeed genuinely drunk in M's flat.
** Also, everyone's reaction to him during testing--and the results of said tests--indicate that he's grossly out of shape when he looks to be in fine physical condition.
* InHarmsWay: It's repeatedly suggested that despite Bond's substance abuse problems, his true addiction is danger. It's only when he temporarily leaves the AnyoneCanDie world of espionage that [[AddictionDisplacement he seeks solace in pills and alcohol]].
* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: The way the names and faces of the NATO agents are leaked onto the Internet by Silva. He is posting them online at a rate of five each week. Also, [[SnuffFilm three of the agents were caught and had their executions filmed and put on YouTube]].
* IronLady: M is the lady in charge of MI6 and makes an early hard call that has consequences for the rest of the film.
* IronicEcho: Silva turns Bond's radio crack against him.
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:M has some serious regrets about her own actions.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''M''': "I fucked this up, didn't I?"]]
* ItsPersonal:
** Silva goes out of his way to humiliate MI-6 and M especially before trying to eliminate them.
** In a more amusing example, when Silva is strafing Skyfall in his helicopter, the dramatic music doesn't start until he shoots up Bond's car.
** Averted with Eve; although Bond enjoys snarking her about accidentally shooting him, he's more angry at M for giving the order.
* JustAKid: Bond accuses Q of this.
-->'''Q''': I'm your new quartermaster.\\
'''James Bond''': You must be joking.\\
'''Q''': Why, because I'm not wearing a lab coat?\\
'''James Bond''': Because you still have spots.[[note]]For those not up on British slang, change "spots" to "zits".[[/note]]
* JustTrainWrong:
** On the Tube part of the chase following Silva's escape, part of it supposedly happens on the District Line, a subsurface Tube line (with wider cars and multiple lines sharing the same tracks and platforms), but the train shown is one of deep-tube 1996 Stock used by the Jubilee Line. The scenes were shot on the closed Charing Cross branch of the Jubilee Line, which along with Aldwych is one of two common filming locations for productions that allow them to shoot without interrupting service.
** Anyone who has ever travelled in a deep-level tube train will know how much it rattles when in motion. This one doesn't.
** When Silva drops a train on Bond, we see that the train cars that drop through the opening are still fully illuminated, when they should be dark as they are not making contact with the third rail.
* JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards:
** Silva pulls this to a degree; at first, it seems like Silva is going to come after M and Bond by himself, or at least with a couple of henchmen. He ends up bringing ''dozens'' of his own men to the showdown at Skyfall manor, and even Bond is surprised not to find Silva among the first wave of men before he sees the [[DeathFromAbove helicopter approaching]].
** Bond engaged in this trope earlier in the film right after the {{WilliamTelling}} contest; he stands alone to face Silva, and we are led to believe that a one-on-one contest will ensue... until [[spoiler:MI-6 helicopters appear]].
* KangarooCourt: The hearing on M's handling of the crisis rapidly turns into this, and Mallory is none too happy about it. It couldn't help that it's because Silva and his men barge in and shoot the place up.
* KickTheDog:
** Silva [[spoiler:kills Severine]] in front of Bond after deciding he no longer needs her.
** Out of frustration, Silva pointlessly kills an unarmed civilian in his way out of a failed assault.
** Finally, he has [[spoiler:Bond's CoolCar]] blown up, even though at this point it posed no threat. [[FridgeBrilliance Although it's very likely he did this to prevent Bond and M using it as a means of escape.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Bond continues to live this trope from the last two films, his grim view of his job tempered by his patriotism and loyalty to M, though Silva [[BreakingSpeech is not impressed]].
* LampshadeHanging: Ahem: "[[DevelopmentHell Where the hell have you been?]]"
* LargeHam: Silva makes many flamboyant gestures and verbal tics when giving speeches and makes sure he comes in in a big way.
-->'''Bond:''' He loves to make an entrance.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** M betrayed Silva to save several other agents back in Hong Kong. The first phase of Silva's revenge involves betraying the identities of five agents, effectively undoing it. She also sacrificed several agents, denying one immediate medical care from Bond that could have saved him, and [[spoiler:dies from a similar injury herself because she can't get help in time]].
** At the start of the film, M orders Eve to "take the bloody shot" that downs Bond. [[spoiler:In the finale, when Silva implores her to end both their lives with the same bullet, she is either unwilling or unable to do so.]]
* LeaveHimToMe: Silva orders his men not to kill M, as he wants to deal with her himself. Bond, on the other hand, is fair game.
* LegacyCharacter:
** Q, played by Creator/BenWhishaw, the new MI6 quartermaster.
** [[spoiler:At the end of the film, Ralph Fiennes' character Gareth Mallory becomes the new M.]]
** [[spoiler:Eve reveals her last name to be Moneypenny.]]
* LetThePastBurn: The film has the [[spoiler:eponymous manor burning down during the ending battle]] with, of course, lots of [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] and such. This is very symbolic, as Bond has linked it throughout the movie with his childhood, and certain... psychological baggage he's carried with him from there.
* LoopholeAbuse: The ExactWords of the WilliamTelling contest, as set by Silva, are to see "who can be the first to knock the glass from her head." Ain't no rule saying that you can't achieve this by shooting the girl in the face.
* MacGuffin: The stolen hard drive containing the names and faces of every undercover NATO agent.
* {{MacGyvering}}: In a LockAndLoadMontage, Bond and M rig {{Booby Trap}}s to stop Silva's men in the form of lighting fixture wired nail bombs and floorboard rigged shotgun cartridges.
* MadeOfExplodium:
** Gunfire from Silva's helicopter causes the vintage Aston Martin [[EveryCarIsAPinto to burst into very large flames]]. Granted, it ''is'' loaded with ammunition, so it is a case of ammo cooking off.
** When Silva's helicopter crashes, the entire area explodes. Granted, it is ''also'' loaded with ammunition. (And aviation fuel.)
* ManChild: Some of Silva's mannerisms and behavior cause him to come across as childish, though it may just be an act to mess with Bond and M.
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler:Bond weeps at the finale.]]
* MadeOfIron: While it [[DentedIron affects his performance for most of the movie]], Bond still survives being shot twice and falling off a bridge. [[TraumaCongaLine Followed by]] [[InevitableWaterfall a waterfall]].
* MarketBasedTitle: In an odd example, the Latin American marketing of the title turned it into an OperationBlank label (needless to say, such a thing is a ''big time'' NonIndicativeName).
* MeanBoss: M may not be a cackling mad scientist or terrorist, but make no mistake: she is equally as heartless towards the lives of her subordinates as any snarling Bond Villain. In her case, however, it is for the common good that she has to be that way, and that her assets are considered disposable. If she had fought to keep her subordinates, Silva wouldn't have snapped in the first place.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Silva" is the Portuguese equivalent of "[[MrSmith Smith]]", hinting to TheReveal that it's just a code name. His real name [[spoiler:"Tiago" is the Portuguese form of "James".]]
*** Even better: [[spoiler:his last name "Rodriguez" is Spanish for "son of Roderick", which means "he who is rich in glory".]]
** Gareth Mallory, twice over. "Mallory" is Old French for "bad luck" or "unlucky", and his introduction has him asking Bond why he would come back when he had the good luck Mallory and others never did. [[spoiler:Once we reach the third act, the mere fact that his last name begins with "M" makes it quite clear what's going to happen.]]
* MissionControl: Q, a MI-6 tech genius who serves as the VoiceWithAnInternetConnection for Bond.
-->'''Q''': I can do more damage on my laptop in my pyjamas than you can do in a year in the field.
* MobstacleCourse: Bond chasing Silva through the London Underground during rush hour.
* MomentOfSilence: As the chase scene in London nears its end.
* MommyIssues:
** Silva regularly calls M "mommy", and once "mother," even though they're not related, and insinuates that M sees both himself and Bond as her children.
** Bond's reaction to [[spoiler:her death suggests he also sees M as a mother figure]].
** M's comment that orphans make the best agents implies that she sees some utility in this.
** ContinuityNod to ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', when Bond mentions that part of the reason he's going after Quantum is because they tried to kill a woman close to him. [[BondGirl Camille]] asks, "Your mother?" Bond replies, "She likes to think so."
** May also be a ShoutOut to Series/TheAvengers, wherein the Head of the Secret Service is codenamed Mother.
* MoodWhiplash:
** The WordAssociationTest is somewhat funny (particularly Bond's reaction to hearing "M") up until the psychologist says "Skyfall" and puts Bond on edge.
** Bond follows Patrice to what looks like a meeting... until Patrice kills the security guard in the lobby.
* MoreDakka: A notable example is Patrice's Glock 18 during the ActionPrologue. It's loaded with a pistol version of the Beta C-Mag.
* MundaneSolution: On the Underground, Bond needs to find out where Silva's going. Q engages in RapidFireTyping and brings up a 3D wireframe map of the Tube network. Bond just looks up at the route map on the wall to see what the next stop is.
* MurderDotCom: The villain gives away the identities of several undercover agents, causing them to be captured, with their executions released on Youtube.
%%* MurderSuicide: See TakingYouWithMe.
* MusicalNod: An instrumental version of "You Know My Name" (the theme song from ''[[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 Casino Royale]]'') plays as Bond arrives at the casino in Macau.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Eve is shocked when her shot hits the wrong target.
-->'''Eve''': ...Agent down.
* MyGreatestFailure: M regards her cock-up of the leak and ordering the shot that gets Bond seemingly killed as this.

* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: Bond's iconic introduction returns after being absent in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', when he meets Severine.
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: Silva is pursued by Bond in the overcrowded London underground and is disguised as a policeman. Eventually "Constable Silva" stumbles into a lobby full of bobbies on patrol and is amused to realize that his cover is unassailable. Bond is able to follow his trail anyway.
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe with Eve after she accidentally shoots Bond. Bond knows it was an accident and is angrier at M for making the call, however. He [[RunningGag still never misses an opportunity to remind her about it]]. It's often more of a light-hearted jab than anything.
* NewscasterCameo:
** In the European release, [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] journalist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huw_Edwards_%28journalist%29 Huw Edwards]] presents a news report about the attack on [=MI6=]'s HQ that prompts Bond to come BackFromTheDead.
** In the North American and British release, Creator/{{CNN}} has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_Blitzer Wolf Blitzer]] present it from the Situation Room.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Eve accidentally shoots Bond, allowing Patrice to flee with the hard drive.
** M gave Silva to the Chinese to save 6 agents, but in the process caused Silva's StartOfDarkness, leading him to kill dozens of MI6 staff later on.
** Q's attempt to decrypt Silva's computer by plugging it into [=MI6=]'s network ends up releasing a virus that opens every door in MI6's new base, allowing Silva to escape.
** [[spoiler:Bond takes M to Skyfall without the knowledge of MI6 to keep her safe and fight Silva on his own terms. Despite a heroic effort, it doesn't end well.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It has been noted that parts of Silva's plan and appearance are taken from real world [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks WikiLeaks]] founder [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange Julian Assange]].
* NoNameGiven: Not until the end of the movie does Eve reveal her full name to Bond.
-->'''Eve''': My name is Eve. Eve Moneypenny.
* NonActionBigBad: Played with, though Silva goes toe to toe with Bond, he is annoyed by all the jumping and fighting and finds action unbecoming. Although he is the only BigBad in the Bond reboot continuity to have onscreen kills.
* NotMyDriver: Bond pulls this on M after the assault on Westminster.
* NotSoDifferent: Silva points out to Bond that they are both past-their-prime top agents who have been betrayed by M. "Raoul Silva" also happens to be an anagram of "a rival soul"...
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: Bond is issued a Walter PPK from Q branch that only fires when he's holding it. So when a mook grabs the gun and is about to fire it, Bond only smiles.
-->'''Bond:''' Good luck with that.
* NowYouTellMe: Bond's eye roll communicates this when Q tells him to board a train at the last possible second.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Mallory is accused of being a politician, which he denies. He proves to be both a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and a RetiredBadass.
* OhCrap:
** Bond's reaction when he spots the giant komodo dragon in the pit. Craig suggested to the director that Bond should actually show fear for once, so this is a first.
** BigBad Silva has been locked up inside the MI6 HQ and Bond and Q are analysing his laptop. It looks like the good guys are finally one step ahead. Then every door in the base starts opening. Q's reaction is priceless.
*** Especially when he notices that [[spoiler:he ''himself'' had a part in all this, by plugging the laptop into the MI6 network.]]
** Silva gets a moment of his own when one of the traps Bond sets at the manor causes Silva's helicopter to crash.
* OlderIsBetter: The underlining conflict in the film is if the old MI6 and the double Os are still relevant in the modern, digital world of new threats. [[spoiler:The climax of the film is Bond using this trope, such as using [[CoolCar the classic Bond car from the 60's]] since it doesn't have a tracking device, a break open rifle, and simple booby traps.]]
* OldRetainer: Kincade, Bond's family's gamekeeper, is at least twice Bond's age and has known Bond since he was a child.
* TheOner:
** Silva's account of how he dealt with the rats that overran his family home is given in a single shot as he enters from a descending elevator and slowly meanders towards Bond. The room was specially constructed so it would be just the right length.
** The end of the silhouetted fight sequence in Shanghai between Bond and Patrice is one uninterrupted shot.
** The scene where Bond and Eve survey the casino in Macau is also one continuous shot.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged.]] As in RealLife, the effects of a single bullet wound [[IAintGotTimeToBleed often take some time to become apparent]].
** Being shot in the shoulder twice during the opening action sequence. The first doesn't slow Bond down one bit, but the second knocks him off a train and afterwards Bond doesn't receive proper medical attention and has trouble with the arm several times later on.
** Bond finds a RedShirt alive with a stomach wound and thinks he can patch him up, but is ordered to get on with his mission; without immediate first aid, the man dies.
** The bullet wound Mallory takes from Silva in the inquiry attack persists until the end of the movie.
** Near the end of the film, M suffers a bullet wound inflicted by one of Silva's henchmen, but manages to continue to fight and run for quite some time afterwards. [[spoiler:The wound [[TimeDelayedDeath eventually]] ends up killing her.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Silva orders his henchmen to keep their hands off M, saying, "She's mine." A more reasonable example than most, as he doesn't care who kills Bond.
* OriginsEpisode: This film could be considered one for the "classic James Bond", as it shows the origins of many well-known elements from the Bond mythos: Moneypenny, her sexually charged banter with Bond, [[spoiler:the male M, his office]], etc. ''Skyfall'' also delves deeper into the origins of Bond himself than any of the preceding movies.
* OutOfFocus: This is the one 007 film where the Bond girls, especially Severine, get very little focus or screentime. Rather, the central female character of the story is M and her relationship with James Bond is explored more deeply.
* OutrunTheFireball:
** Bond has to outrun the explosion of Silva's crashed gunship in the finale.
** Also {{Subverted}}. Bond seems almost confused that he ''didn't'' have to outrun the initial fireball of [[spoiler:Skyfall's explosion]]. The gunship crash [[ZigZaggedTrope happens moments later]].
* OutsideGenreFoe: Silva is what happens when an outlandish "Dr. No"-style villain invades what was until then a relatively subdued and mostly-realistic spy thriller. The animation he sends M just comes off as ''deranged'' rather than funny or wacky due to how serious everything else is. (Incidentally, Dr. No was jarringly hospitable back in his heyday, so this could be considered the series returning to form.)
* ParentalSubstitute:
** M acts as one to Bond, and in the past acted as one for Silva as well.
** Kincade was this for Bond in the past.
* ParentsInDistress: In support of the above entry, a good deal of Bond's motivation is fuelled by the fact that ''M herself'' is under threat this time around.
* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler:M's death scene.]]
* PoisonIsCorrosive: Silva's failed suicide capsule.
* ThePowerOfHate: Silva suggests this as the explanation for his surviving cyanide poisoning.
* PlayAlongPrisoner: Bond captures BigBad Silva and puts him in a cell in MI6 headquarters three quarters of the way through the film. Silva promptly escapes.
* PrecisionFStrike: From M. This is the first time the F-word has ever been uttered in a Bond film.
-->'''M:''' I fucked this up, didn't I?
* ProductPlacement: Tanner and Q both use Sony Vaio computers, Eve comments that she just missed "two VW Beetles" (and Bond pancakes some of those with a prominently-labeled CAT excavator), Bond wears a specially-designed Omega watch and uses a Sony Xperia T smartphone... Not to mention Bond and Tanner both drinking Heineken. (Though Bond's use of Heineken occurs not in the most complimentary of circumstances. And contrary to pre-release publicity suggesting he would forsake his classic drink in favor of beer, he still enjoys a vodka martini at one point.) In addition, one of the shots where Silva runs through a subway station has the camera pan slightly to its right to show an ad for Swarovski watches. When Bond pursues him, the camera is directly pointed at an ad for Heineken. In both instances, the crowd subtly parts to show most of the posters.
* ProtectThisHouse: The film is named after the family estate Bond, M and Kincaid must defend in the climax.
* PsychopathicManchild: Silva. His general demeanor comes off disturbingly juvenile, he giggles girlishly extremely often, his online threats are ridiculous, script-kiddie style animations, and he is variously described as possessive, with a tendency to dispose of anything that no longer amuses him.
* RaceLift: [[spoiler:Miss Moneypenny, who was previously played by white actresses, is played by the half-Jamaican half-Trinidadian English actress Naomie Harris.]]
* RageAgainstTheMentor:
** Bond chews M out for nearly getting him killed at the start of the film.
** Silva's entire plan is also about making M suffer for her past transgressions.
--->'''Computer Screen''': Think on your sins.
* RealityEnsues:
** [[spoiler:When Bond decides to take the fight and M to his ancestral home of Skyfall, they arrive to find that the manor's been sold, due to Bond being declared dead. Unfortunately, that means most of the gun collection has also been sold off.]]
** LogicalWeakness: [[spoiler:Bond uses his old CoolCar with the machine guns in the headlights to ambush Silva's men. Unfortunately, they only fire straight ahead, meaning he only takes down a few of the soldiers. Luckily, they planned for this, and the next stage of the plan ''requires'' the bad guys to retreat into the manse.]]
** Kincaid is a CoolOldGuy who refuses to let Bond face danger on his own. [[spoiler:He's still not psychologically up to being shot at with automatic weapons, and fumbles his shotgun reload ''badly'' under fire.]]
** [[spoiler:Both Kincaid and Bond have trouble navigating the dark, uneven Scottish moor. Bond does rather better at it once he, presumably, takes a moment to remember the ground around his childhood home.]]
** [[spoiler:After being grazed by a bullet and not receiving proper medical attention, the elderly M bleeds out and dies soon after.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mallory, a RetiredBadass who turns out to not be an ObstructiveBureaucrat like he initially seems.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Government Minister on the [[HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee committee M is hauled before]] gives a (mostly off-screen) CharacterFilibuster about how useless and outdated MI6 is. M's response to her (in the form of a Tennyson quotation), fortunately, is ''beautiful'', and it helps that all of M's points are proven correct, like, five seconds later when Silva barges into the courtroom and begins shooting.
** Mallory even realizes how one-sided the hearing is, and lampshades it.
--->'''Mallory:''' For the sake of variety, might we actually hear from the witness?
* {{Reconstruction}}: ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' took the Bond formula down a deconstructive path, with Bond girls as innocent and tragic pawns to both sides and Bond himself treated by M as more of a blunt object and ProfessionalKiller who is slowly becoming obsolete in a more sensitive world of espionage. In addition a lot of the Bond traditions fell away, such as flirting with [[SassySecretary Moneypenny]], [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine dinner with the bad guys]] and getting [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys new toys from Q Branch]]. While many praised the radical changes as modernizing Bond, some felt it had lost a lot of what made Bond so entertaining. ''Skyfall'' begins with the Royale and Solace style and spends the rest of the movie reconciling classic and modern Bond together. M's speech at a committee hearing says it all.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Mallory is a shady, stuck-up ex-soldier, played by the guy who also played [[Film/HarryPotter Voldemort]], [[Film/SchindlersList Amon Goeth]] and [[Film/RedDragon Francis Dolarhyde]], who tries to get M to resign in his first appearance, scorns Bond in his second, and is present at a would-be crime scene in his third. Not a great start for ''the future M''!]]
* RedRightHand: Like many Bond villains, Silva has a hidden deformity: In this case, [[spoiler:half of his face is sunken and his teeth are reduced to rotten nubs]].
* RemovingTheEarpiece: Bond removes his and drops it in Eve's glass before meeting Severine.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Bond read his own obituary. He's got one word to describe it: appalling.
* RetiredBadass: Mallory is a veteran of the British Army (specifically [[spoiler:the SAS]]), and was kept as a hostage at one point by the IRA.
* {{Retirony}}: {{Invoked|Trope}}. Silva's plan is to force M into retirement by humiliating her, and then kill her before she can actually retire.
* RevisitingTheRoots: This film accomplishes this for the whole franchise. Besides the reintroduction of Q [[spoiler:by the end of film, MI6 has moved into the Universal Exports offices from the older films, Moneypenny is reintroduced and there's a new (male) M.]]
* {{Rewrite}}:
** Here, as in the novels and films before the reboot, Bond is the lone scion of a wealthy noble family. In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' Vesper inferred, and Bond never explicitly denied, that he "[[Main/WorkingClassHero didn't come from money, and your school friends never let you forget it]]".
** However, ''Spectre'' went on to expand on Bond's backstory further and bridge his family details together more clearly.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The catalyst for the plot is sensitive government information being stolen and then leaked online, mirroring various real world scandals where classified documents were leaked onto the internet in the years surrounding ''Skyfall'''s release.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Silva's EvilPlan turns out to be about getting revenge on M.
* RockBeatsLaser:
** During the climax, Bond, M and Kincade are poorly equipped, with only old hunting guns, knives, dynamite, some gas bottles, and the good old Aston Martin [=DB5=] against Silva's mooks, who carry recent assault rifles and grenades and benefit from heavily armed [[DeathFromAbove helicopter]] [[MoreDakka support]].
** Subverted when Bond drops the hunting rifle after killing a couple of Mooks with it and picks up one of their modern assault rifles.
* RogueAgent:
** Raoul Silva, a former MI6 agent out to destroy M after she screwed him over years earlier. While he was still an MI6 agent, he was carrying out unauthorized cyber-attacks on the Chinese.
** For the final act, Bond kidnaps M and enlists Q and Tanner to (unofficially and without any authorization at all) help him bait Silva into fighting Bond on his own turf. Illustrated by Tanner having a beer in MI6 headquarters while they go about their work. But Mallory approves of their actions, so it's probably not necessarily a case of "going rogue" so much as "working 'off the books'".
* RoofHopping: With ''bikes'' over the rooftops of Istanbul.
* RousingSpeech: M's speech at the inquiry board. Juxtaposing M talking with Silva making his way there, and Bond pursuing Silva, to make the tension and M's points more relevant:
-->'''M:''' Chairman, ministers. ''[Silva emerges from the tube station, and hops into a police car driven by a couple of his henchmen]'' Today I've repeatedly heard how irrelevant my department has become. Why do we need agents, the -00 section? Isn't it all rather quaint? Well, I suppose I see a different world than you do. And the truth is that what I see frightens me. ''[Silva is riding shotgun in his vehicle, and checking his pistol]'' I'm frightened because our enemies are no longer known to us. They do not exist on the map, they are not nations, they are individuals. ''[Tanner sees messages reading "GET HER TO SAFETY" come up on his computer screen]'' Look around you, who do you fear? Can you see a face, a uniform, a flag? No. ''[Silva and two of his men, all dressed as cops, enter the tribunal building. As they approach the security checkpoint, they raise their pistols and shoot the three guards manning the booth without dropping a beat]''\\
'''M:''' Our world is not more transparent now. It's more opaque. It's in the shadows. That's where we must do battle. So, before you declare us irrelevant, ask yourselves. How safe do ''you'' feel? Just one more thing to say. My late husband was a great lover of poetry. And um...I suppose some of it sunk in, despite my best intentions.\\
''[As M continues to speak, Bond emerges from Westminster tube station, passes arriving emergency workers, and begins running down the road in the middle of traffic]''\\
'''M:''' And here today I remember this. I think, from Tennyson. "We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven. That which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, ''[Silva and his men make their way down a corridor inside the building]'' to find, and not to yield.\\
''[The doors at the back of the courtroom open and Silva and his men walk in]''
* RuleOfSymbolism:
** Bond and Q's discussion of a painting of "a grand old warship being ignominiously hauled away for scrap," as Bond's fitness for active service is questioned from all sides. At the end of a movie, M's new office [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent prominently displays]] a triumphant painting of a warship in its prime, along with a portrait of the destroyed Vauxhall Cross HQ.
** Being killed by a knife InTheBack, given the "old ways" theme. The disreputable art of assassination and espionage was [[CloakAndDagger traditionally described this way]]. Also, betrayal is an important theme in the film.
** Bond and Patrice fight in a half-finished office space that functions as a hall of mirrors. It's also a metaphor for a situation where the truth is hard to discern, sometimes specifically for the spy business.
** M's British Bulldog ornament can be seen as representing Bond's patriotism and tenacity. Like Bond, it survives the downfall of the old regime and [[spoiler:remains after M is gone. M leaving it to him is a sign she wants him to carry on.]]
* SawedOffShotgun: Kincaid takes on Silva's men with one - after a memorable scene where he is seen sawing the barrels short and then blasting a hole in a shed wall.
* SayMyName:
** While imprisoned by MI6, Silva [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this by demanding M say his real name. M, however, [[DefiedTrope has none of it]].
-->'''M:''' Your name is on the memorial wall of the very building you attacked. I will have it struck off. Soon, your past will be as non-existent as your future.
** Of course, a cut later, M turns to Bond and tells him Silva's real name, [[spoiler:Tiago Rodriguez]].
* ScaryScorpions: After Bond is presumed dead, he participates in a DrinkingContest where he must keep a scorpion on his hand. He promptly empties his glass and then traps the scorpion under it.
* SceneryPorn: As is often the case in films with cinematography by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Deakins Roger Deakins]]. WebVideo/HonestTrailers lampshades the "absurdly long landscape shots".
** Includes iconic views of the UsefulNotes/{{London}} skyline and her classical architecture by both day and night.
** The [[UsefulNotes/{{China}} Shanghai]] city skyline.
** The lantern-lit Huangpu River, complete with giant Chinese Dragons.
** The abandoned coal mining facility and city on Hashima Island is this and SceneryGorn.
** The climax in UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}, including the fog-covered valley of Glencoe.
** The woods outside Istanbul in the beginning.
* SecondFaceSmoke: Severine does this for a long time during her SmokingIsGlamorous tribute. Bond's response falls into the "stoically putting up with it" category.
* SexSlave: Severine was sold on the prostitution market in Macau.
* SexySecretary: Eve is apparently Bond's subordinate. . . and their sexual tension is ''off the charts''.
* SignificantAnagram:
** Not actually mentioned in the movie -- 'Raoul Silva' becomes 'A Rival Soul' [[ShadowArchetype showing how similar he is to Bond]].
** 'Think On Your Sins' becomes [[spoiler:'[[WhamLine Your Son]] [[ItsPersonal Isn't in HK]]']].
* SharpDressedMan: Reflecting Bond's CharacterDevelopment and adjustment into being 007 over the recent films, he seems to be getting into doing his job in nice suits.
* ShirtlessScene: Bond has several to show off his physique and his wounds.
* ShoePhone: {{Defied|trope}}. According to the new Q, they "[[ShooOutTheClowns don't go for that sort of thing any more.]]"
* ShootOutTheLock: Bond opens a jammed door in a Tube tunnel by shooting the lock, just in the nick of time to avoid being flatted by a passing train.
* ShoutOut:
** The main theme, "Skyfall", steals a line from the 1966 classic spy song "Secret Agent Man".
--->'''Adele''': You may have my number, you can take my name, but you'll never have my heart.
** The ActionPrologue closes on Bond lying motionless in the water, mirroring the iconic images that open each film in ''Film/TheBourneSeries''.
** "Think on your sins" is also a memorable line from ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
** The Tennyson poem was also quoted at the eulogy for real life diplomat and MI6 controller Daphne Park.
** [[spoiler:The FreezeFrameBonus that reveals M's name as Olivia Mansfield is a reference to Captain Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming, aka C, who was the first Chief of the RealLife MI6]].
** James' parents names are Andrew Bond and Monique Delacroix Bond, which is from the novel of ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.
*** However, "Skyfall" is not from Fleming.
** To ''Film/ApocalypseNow'':
*** Broken, alcoholic agent comes out of TenMinuteRetirement to hunt down a rogue agent in his remote hideout and finds a sadistic, crazy but familiar soul in him.
*** A gunship attack made more awesome by the music it is playing to it, leaving Silva acting like ColonelKilgore for a few minutes.
** Silva calling M [[Series/TheAvengers "Mother"]].
* ShowerOfLove: Severine and Bond end up having sex in the shower while sailing to Silva's hideout.
* TheSiege: The climax at the family Manor.
* SinisterSilhouettes: Silva's first appearance in the trailers was nothing but a black silhouette walking away from a burning building.
* SissyVillain: Silva flirts with Bond and has some whimsical mannerisms but is still a dangerous foe.
* SlasherSmile: Silva, who is seen smiling regularly to extenuate his madness.
* SmartGun: Bond is provided with a handgun that has a palmprint recognition system built into the grip, and will only fire when he is holding it.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: The glamorous Severine is shown smoking during the scene in Macau.
* SoftWater: Bond survives falling off a bridge and going over a waterfall in rapid succession (after being shot) thanks to this trope. Though he does mention later that he broke four ribs and damaged "some of the less vital organs."
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** The French song that plays on Silva's island, "Boum!", sung by Charles Trenet prior to UsefulNotes/WorldWar2. It is mostly about nature, love, and thunder. The titular "BOOM" onomatopoeia in the song also refers to cannon fire from the Maginot Line (where he sung for French troops), albeit on a joyful tone.
** This is recalled again later in the film when Silva broadcasts The Animals' cover version of the John Lee Hooker blues song "Boom Boom" over his helicopter loudspeakers as he approaches Skyfall.
*** At least the lyrics fit a bit:
--->''Boom, boom, boom, boom''\\
''I'm gonna shoot you right down''
* SpoilerOpening:
** The opening theme [[spoiler:foreshadows most of the movie's plot, as well as the final battle at Skyfall. It also mentioned that the titular house is burned down during the battle (i.e. "''Let the Skyfall, when it crumbles''").]]
** The opening credits also foreshadow [[spoiler:M's death]] as Judi Dench's crediting overlaps briefly with a [[spoiler:tombstone]].
* StalkerWithACrush: WordOfSaintPaul (Javier Bardem) has it that Silva used to be, and perhaps still is, in love with M.
* StealthPrequel: Though ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' was initially billed as a prequel, there was very little in it to suggest that it and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' were about Bond's first missions. This film, in particular, does all that it can to present Bond as a [[ShellShockedVeteran veteran MI6 agent]] who's [[DentedIron finally feeling the effects of his many brushes with death]]. [[spoiler:By the end, though, we unexpectedly learn that it's also the story of Bond's first encounters with Q and Moneypenny, and that it features [[ChangingOfTheGuard a new M]] who very much resembles Bernard Lee's original take on the character (complete with the classic office set).]]
* StepfordSmiler: Severine, who was a child sex slave abused for years and still suffers at the hands of Silva. Bond sees through her veneer, and her smile slowly gets faker and faker as Bond gets under it.
* StiffUpperLip:
** The movie serves as a DeconReconSwitch of British resolve, with Silva representing the costs of British determination and Bond its power even in the face of adversity.
** Band barely reacts to [[spoiler:Severine's death]].
-->'''Bond''': "Waste of good Scotch."
* StoutStrength: One of Silva's henchmen posing as one of Severine's "bodyguards" is a rather burly Oddjob-lookalike who puts up a fairly decent fight, although Bond succeeds in landing more blows than he does.
* AStormIsComing: Bond tells M this once they enter Scotland.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: M's husband apparently died between ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' and this movie, presumably to explain [[DroppedABridgeOnHim why he isn't used as bait for M.]]

* TailorMadePrison: Silva is imprisoned in one in [=MI6=]'s headquarters.
* TakingTheBullet: During Silva's attack on the inquiry hearing, Mallory does this when Silva fires his pistol at M, intercepting the bullet in his shoulder.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Near the end of the film, Silva tries to get M to shoot the both of them through the head. Bond intervenes before Silva succeeds by killing him with a throwing knife.]]
* TenMinuteRetirement: Bond is "played out", but he comes back to the game because [=MI6=] is under attack and they need him.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: The James Bond theme plays when Bond drives out in the Aston Martin [=DB5=].
* ThemeNaming: If "Silva" is taken to be a pun on "Silver", he would be the third Bond villain in this continuity to have a color-themed name ([[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 Mr. White]], [[Film/QuantumOfSolace Mr. Greene]], etc.)
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: "Oh good, there's a train coming."
* TitleDrop: Skyfall is [[spoiler:the name of Bond's family estate.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Miss Eve Moneypenny]] is shown to be a competent field agent.
* TrainEscape: Twice. Both times, Bond gets there just in time to make an audacious entrance into the rearmost carriage.
* TraintopBattle: In the ActionPrologue.
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:The little Union Jack bulldog figurine seen on M's desk, which survives the destruction of MI6 headquarters, is later left to Bond in M's will. Given Bond absolutely hated the thing, it was meant as a final joke by M.]]
* TrashTheSet: [[spoiler:Bond's iconic Aston Martin [=DB5=] gets blown up in the finale, along with the eponymous Skyfall manor.]]
* TragicVillain: Silva, in many ways a profoundly wronged man, turned into a complete psychopath by unfortunate events.
* TranquilFury:
** Bond comments "[[StiffUpperLip Waste of good Scotch]]" after [[spoiler:Silva kills Severine]], only to take out all of Silva's men and deliver a vicious kick to Silva himself seconds later.
** Likewise, he seems to be rather miffed when [[spoiler:Silva destroys the [=DB5=].]] Cue massive explosion caused by him that takes out half the mooks present.
* TrialByFriendlyFire: The ActionPrologue ends with one of these gone wrong.
* TrojanPrisoner: Part of Silva's gambit to get close to M - he gets himself caught by Bond, gets interrogated, then tricks Q into accidentally disabling the security systems so he can escape.
* {{Troll}}: Silva loves to mock M and Q with his hacks.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: During the first half, Bond's mission is the A plot line while M's plot is the B plot.
* {{Unperson}}: M tells Silva she intends to have his real name struck off the MI6 memorial wall, likely the only place his service was ever officially acknowledged. He looks appropriately appalled at the thought.
* VerbalTic: Silva's is "Bip. Oof" to his sentences.
* VillainHasAPoint: Whatever else he is, Silva is completely right to call out M for sending Bond back to the field despite Bond flunking out all his tests, and Bond for keeping his faith on M despite her decision to do so. This point is further reinforced when M proceeds with her hearing at the Parliament despite HQ's warning that Silva and his commando crew are on their way there.
* VillainousBreakdown: Silva, by the end of things. He had kept his cool throughout the whole movie, but once his plans had started to go awry, Silva started to break down considerably.
* VisualPun: Betrayal is the driving theme of this movie. In the end the main villain [[spoiler:is literally stabbed in the back.]]
* TheVoiceless: Patrice, the French mercenary who stole the NATO hard drive.
* WallBangHer: Bond and the nameless girl we see him with during his exile.
* WatchThePaintJob: Car fans will cringe as Bond casually crushes brand new Volkswagen Beetles on the train with his Caterpillar excavator. [[spoiler:And Silva's men exploding Bond's Aston Martin...]]
* WeaponizedCar: [[spoiler:Serves as the punchline to a BrickJoke unwittingly set up by Q early in the film.]]
* WeCanRuleTogether: Silva first tries to get Bond to join him.
-->'''Silva:''' You see, we are the last two rats. We can either eat each other... mmm... or eat everyone else.
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: When asked if MI6 is relevant to the modern world, M responds that there should be an even greater focus on espionage to battle increasingly decentralized modern threats.
* WeHaveReserves: M is a rare "heroic" example of this, casually treating the lives of her subordinates as expendable assets. This, predictably, comes back to bite her in the ass ''big time''. The agent who Bond finds shot when the hard-drive is stolen is revealed to have died simply because Bond was ordered to pursue Patrice. Also, this trope is what drives Silva's retaliation plot.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Silva is ultimately a rather sad version of this. Even though he still wants M to pay with her life for betraying him, by his [[InsaneTrollLogic twisted logic]] he also to wanted to "make peace" with her by [[spoiler:[[MutualKill dying "peacefully" together.]]]]
* WhamLine: More for M than for the audience: [[spoiler:"Agent down."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Kincade's dogs aren't seen after the scene where he first appears. We hear them barking as Silva's henchmen approach for the final confrontation.
** Similarly, there's no mention of Quantum in the film, even though they were the GreaterScopeVillain of the two previous films. Silva has no connection to them. [[spoiler:The next film, ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', reveals that Quantum, and even Silva, were connected to SPECTRE as separate offshoots. Quantum itself was largely disassembled by then, largely ending with Mr. White's radiation poisoning and suicide]].
** The list of NATO agents is never really brought up again after Silva finally appears on screen. Was it released? Did MI6 recover it when they captured Silva?
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: After Bond returns to duty after being thought dead, Mallory points out that Bond had what every agent would have wished for: a clean exit from the spy business. He could have just stayed "dead" and lived out the rest of his life in comfortable retirement and relative anonymity, and nobody would ever think otherwise. However, Bond's dedication to Queen and Country motivates him to come back.
* WhereDoYouThinkYouAre: Used for a BondOneLiner when Kincade uses his shotgun to blast away a henchman.
-->'''Kincade:''' Welcome to Scotland!
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: Discussed. M's [[HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee Government Inquiry]] [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow questions the need for]] MI6 in a post-UsefulNotes/ColdWar world. M responds that MI6 is needed more than ever to battle far more disperse and elusive modern enemies - as shown by Silva's usage of new tech to hack and harass MI6.
* WilliamTelling: Silva forces Bond to play a game with him where they have to shoot a glass of whiskey off Severine's head using old Percussion Cap pistols. [[spoiler:Bond misses and Silva "wins" by shooting her in the head.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Silva just wants to die, but after 5 months of torture and a botched suicide attempt, he's so insane that he believes the only way he can is if he destroys M and everything she stands for first.
* WordAssociationTest: Between Bond and a psychologist after 007's return to duty.
-->'''Psychologist''': I'd like to start with some simple word association, so just tell me the first word that pops into your head. For example, I might say "day", and you might say...\\
'''Bond''': Wasted.\\
'''Psychologist''': [{{Beat}}] Alright... Gun.\\
'''Bond''': Shot.\\
'''Psychologist:''' Agent.\\
'''Bond:''' Provocateur.\\
'''Psychologist:''' Woman.\\
'''Bond:''' Provoca''trix''.\\
'''Psychologist''': Heart.\\
'''Bond''': Target.\\
'''Psychologist''': Bird.\\
'''Bond''': Sky.\\
'''Psychologist''': M.\\
'''Bond''': Bitch.\\
''camera points to M, then back to interview''\\
'''Psychologist''': Sunlight.\\
'''Bond''': Swim.\\
'''Psychologist''': Moonlight.\\
'''Bond''': Dance.\\
'''Psychologist''': Murder.\\
'''Bond''': Employment.\\
'''Psychologist''': Country.\\
'''Bond''': England.\\
'''Psychologist''': Skyfall.\\
'''Bond''': ...\\
'''Psychologist''': Skyfall.\\
'''Bond''': ...Done. ''(Walks away)''
* YoungerAndHipper: Creator/BenWhishaw as Q is much, much younger than Desmond Llewellyn or John Cleese were in their performances as Q.
* YourFavorite: Silva presents the bottle of scotch to Bond, pours two glasses, and gives one to Bond. Instead of drinking the other himself, he [[spoiler:uses it for the target in the William Tell contest.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The BigBad has been captured and locked in a glass cell in the middle of good guy headquarters before the two hour mark. He promptly escapes.

->''[[EarWorm Let the sky faaaaaaaaaaaall...]] [[Music/{{Adele}} When it crum-baaaaaaaaaaaaals...]]''