Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw
The Twist: M dies.
M has been at the epicenter of every James Bond movie ever, and Judi Dench had been the franchise’s M for six movies before Skyfall. She seemed as integral to a Bond movie as a Bond girl, like one of those characters that will always be there, no matter what. But Skyfall subverted all expectations and killed her off (just Dench, though, not the character—the role was taken up by Ralph Fienne’s Mallory). It’s a fitting twist for Skyfall, a movie that departs slightly from the traditional Bond formula by having Craig play a jaded version of the international spy who has to be coaxed out of a self-imposed retirement/fake death.