Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" has already taken over the international box office, thus far having earned $287 million globally and setting high expectations for its U.S. open this Friday.
If early reviews are any indication, James Bond fans and franchise newbies alike are in for a spectacular ride. The Hollywood Reporter calls "Skyfall" a "beautifully made film ... [that] leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now."
Entertainment Weekly gave the film an "A" grade, praising it as a "freshly oxygenated entry" in the 50-year-old Bond film series, and a "great, long-lasting jolt of pleasure."
See if you agree when Daniel Craig takes his third turn as 007 in theaters this weekend. Here's what else you shouldn't miss this week:
- It's playoff season on "The Voice," when the top 20 contestants perform live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
- Kristen Stewart (presumably as part of the "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press tour) is hitting "The Tonight Show" at 11:34 p.m. ET., while Ricky Gervais stops by "Letterman."
- On November 6, anticipate wall-to-wall election coverage during primetime and beyond.
- Surely to enter the current debate on climate change, Barbara Kingsolver's new novel "Flight Behavior" arrives today.
- "The X Factor" and "The Voice" are going head-to-head tonight starting at 8 p.m. On "The Voice," you'll catch the second half of the live playoffs that began on Monday, and on "The X Factor," the top 12 contestants are going to compete.
- "Top Chef" is back! Don't miss the premiere of the new Seattle season at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
- We can only imagine the topics that'll come up when Russell Brand swings by "Conan" tonight. Catch his appearance at 11 p.m. on TBS - Cat Power's also on tap to perform.
- Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) return to McKinley High to help the crew cast a production of "Grease" tonight on "Glee" at 9 p.m.
- "The X Factor" and "The Voice" continue their ratings duel tonight with results shows starting at 8 p.m. ET.
- Joining James Bond in theaters this weekend in limited release is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president, Sally Field as his wife, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as son Robert. "Lincoln" will release widely next weekend, on November 16.
- We've been hearing plenty of casting reports about the sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man," which is due out in 2014, but in the meantime, you can catch up with the first installment as it arrives on DVD/Blu-Ray today.