This is something that I have ruminated on since 2012. Many fans think that SKYFALL is among the darker in tone 007 films, and that might be so. However, is SKYFALL literally the darkest in the series?
What I mean, is the film's lighting, and many nighttime settings. After a bright and beautiful pre-title sequence, SKYFALL seems to become a bit dreary and gloomy. The new M16 building is a bit darkened, too. Later, starting immediately after James Bond's quip, "Brave New World," is it the longest running time to feature purely nighttime vistas in any 007 film? The dark of night finally breaks at the boat's traveling to Silva's island, with an almost over-exposed brightness (perhaps this is done on purpose? The contrasts?) Light and Dark. New and old. Themes of this film?
Finally, Act 3 is among only a few James Bond movies to have its finale (and battle with the main villain) happen in the dark of night (joining Live and Let Die, Tomorrow Never Dies, and You Only Live Twice).
I am not making a critique of this, it's just that this matter sticks out for me. I prefer the bright, colorful vistas, but the cinematography in SKYFALL is of the highest quality, and the look of the film is distinct.
What do you think of this? Are the nighttime vistas and tone of SKYFALL a purposeful artistry?