The Majesty’s most top secret agent is on a mission to storm the box office this weekend with the release of Skyfall. It’s been four years since we last saw 007 in action with the very unpopular Quantum of Solace. Early reports tell us that Skyfall could be one of the best James Bond films ever. Will this be the redemption James Bond needs? Check out the full theatrical trailer, four character posters, and a slew of screenshots after the break.
In order to have a successful Bond film, one must have certain key ingredients: a dastardly intelligent villain, beautiful women, awesome gadgets, exotic locations, great theme music, wit, and a merry car chase. Not every one of the Ian Fleming adapted movies honor these core elements, but Skyfall looks like it will be able to deliver on all accounts.
The twenty-third entry stars Daniel Craig as James Bond in his third appearance, along with Dame Judi Dench as M. Among the many new faces we see in Skyfall, Javier Bardem suits up as our devious villain. Many may remember Bardem as the sadistic Anton Chugurh from No Country for Old Men – where he is also equipped with a goofy haircut. Bardem will be terrific, I can feel it in my bones. He is a brilliant actor, and as a Bond villain, it only makes sense.
In the director’s chair we have Sam Mendes, who is most notable for his Oscar winning film American Beauty – his first ever film. Mendes’ other works include Revolutionary Road, The Road to Perdition, Jarhead and Away We Go. He has a decent palette on his plate, but Skyfall is a test of his directorial integrity. Not only did he have the difficult task of living up to the name James Bond, but he also had to dig the franchise out of a hole after Quantum of Solace received pretty harsh reviews. I believe in Sam Mendes, so I am really looking forward to what he has to offer. The trailer alone is enough to get me going.
Looks pretty intense right? It’s a helluva lot better than the trailer for Quantum. Skyfall‘s trailer is perfectly paced and it gives you a pretty clear picture of what’s at stake. There’s sex, violence, and a pretty fantastic rendition of the Bond theme. The trailer for Quantum is mostly people talking, bad humor, and it displays a very convoluted plot when audiences haven’t even reached the theaters. The trailer for Skyfall works and each of the components fit together very well, so it seems. We’ll just have to wait until this weekend to find out.
Two Bond girls grace Skyfall, Eve and Sévérine, played by Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe respectively. American audiences may recognize Harris from 28 Days Later and the first Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, but Marlohe comes from France, debuting in her first big US role. There’s also a new Q, played by Ben Whishaw. He looks a little young, but I believe that’s the point made in the trailer.
Below is the official plot synopsis of Skyfall from Apple Trailers, where you can view the full 1080p HD definition:
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Skyfall was written by the duo, Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, who have contributed ink to such Bond films as The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace. They brought in a third writer, John Logan, scribe of Hugo, Rango, The Aviator, The Last Samurai, Gladiator, and more recentlyDarren Aronosky‘s Noah. Wade and Purvis seem hit or miss, so I’m going to trust they were open to ideas from Logan.
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Skyfall opens up in US theaters November 2, 2012.