Daniel Craig once again proves to be a fiercely badass, rugged James Bond in this third outing, in which he’s further put to the test and through the ringer.

There’s only little time for booze and babes as 007 finds himself in the middle of a cat-and-rat game with an effete hacker (wonderfully played by Javier Bardem) who’s out to destroy MI6 in general and M (Judi Dench) in particular.

As you can probably tell, this time it’s personal and shit. The filmmakers seem to have borrowed a few tricks from the Christopher Nolan playbook in order to raise the stakes and to make the story resonate more.

But it’s not all gloom and doom: there are also some exciting action scenes and stylish set pieces; I particularly enjoyed the opening chase, which starts with cars, then switches to motorcycles before ending up with Bond and his target running across the top of a moving train.

Like “Casino Royale”, this is a 007 flick that even non-fans will love.