Skip to comments.Skyfall, James Bond, Review
Posted on 10/13/2012 9:35:17 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
When is a Bond film not a Bond film? Its a question likely to prey on the minds of the very many cinema goers who will see this 23rd official 007 adventure. Skyfall shakes together familiar elements of the Ian Fleming canon the cars, the guns, the exotic locales with the dames to match into a blistering comic book escapade that the old Bond, and one suspects Fleming too, would find altogether alien.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Comic books are for kids.
Well, who knows? We have yet to see it.
I have, however, been through a two week splurge of all the Bond movies being played and replayed on my G-Sat here in the Philippines.
The most significant reset of the 23-film series that's unconnected to a change of the actor playing 007, this long-awaited third outing for Daniel Craig feels more seriously connected to real-world concerns than any previous entry, despite the usual outlandish action scenes, glittering settings and larger-than-life characters.
Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film will certainly be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now.
A Saturday afternoon double bill - “Dr. No” and “From Russia With Love.”
I never thought they'd find anyone who could compete with Sean Connery - though Pierce Brosnan came close.
Then Daniel Craig showed up.
This guy has brought a whole new brand of physical toughness and sex appeal to the role.
The theme song “You only Skyfall once” is superb!
Thanks for that link. I'm not quite sure what to make of a film review based entirely on trailers and the theme song, but the author certainly knows his Bond films.
I agree about Craig.I liked casino royale better than golden eye. Only liked one movie From the last two Bond’s. Hoping skyfall turns out better than qos.
The opening action for casino royale has to be the longest duration of any bond films.
The villain in Quantum of Solace is just like AlGore...
Craig is the perfect man for the role. The best Bond ever. Yum, ;)
Nothing gets me into the theaters but I’ll be seeing Skyfall for sure. It looks dark and depressing but>>> Sean Connery and the others had a lot more joy bedding the Bond girls but>>>>>
My favorite Bond theme by Duran Duran. They should be brought back to do another. This is the only Bond theme to go to #1
I love the strings on this that rise making the temperature hotter. Strings added by John Barry much to Duran’s surprise
“into a blistering comic book escapade that the old Bond, and one suspects Fleming too, would find altogether alien.”
Wasn’t Tyler Perry responsible for this? What would one expect?
I downloaded the theme song (from iTunes), best Bond theme song that I have heard in a long time.
Daniel Craig is a very vocal worshiper of Obama. That ruins him for me.
Of all of the Bonds, I’m rethinking Timothy Dalton. His version of Bond was a bit too early. I still think George Lazenby is the worst Bond.
It was all downhill for Bond after they made From Russia With Love.
His review is 180 degrees from any reviewer that has already seen the film.
From the web...
“During the 1963 production of From Russia with Love, photographer David Hurn was commissioned to photograph the actors of the film in their costume. When the theatrical property Walther PPK did not turn up for the shoot, Hurn volunteered his own Walther LP 53 air pistol and said he would airbrush out the long barrel; the airbrushed stills appearing in a US “JAMES BOND IS BACK” poster. However, Renato Fratini a film poster artist saw the original stills of the weapon and used it in his U.K. posters with the weapon appearing in several more film posters up to The Man With the Golden Gun. On 14 February 2001, Hurn had his LP 53 (serial number 054159) in its original presentation case and letter of provenance auctioned off at Christie’s where the weapon fetched in excess of US$435,000.”
I like it, too, but I think Adele is giving them a run for their money with her version of "Skyfall."
Heard it for the first time about a week ago and it's fast becoming my favorite song. Reminds me of the Bond songs from the sixties.
I don’t like this new Bond theme by Adele. It drags and drags. I want a high powered Bond theme like “View to a Kill” by the Duran boys
So...it is a Walther LP 53 air pistol ?
Three or four years ago, someone on this board mentioned the odd history of the “007 pistol that never was,” and I lost track of it.
Thanks very much for the update.
What was the caliber of this air gun ?
I’m interested because I shoot a Quackenbush .50 cal air rifle made here in Missouri. It’s a big banger and Missouri Department of Conservation approved to take deer.
Fair enough. I don't claim the new one's great music [the lyrics are nonsense,] but it reminds me a lot of "Goldfinger." I've always been more caught up in the melody and the harmony than the "meaning."
I've got to say that, though I've never paid any attention to Adele, her phrasing is spectacular.
I suppose I might see it. Bond films are unlikely to have the usual snarky leftist dialog that causes me to immediately exit the theater.
Why do the press and media let the producers claim the title “official” film when there have been 24 previous films including one with sc they are not counting?
You fellas hear about the alleged “homoerotic” scene where Bardem “strokes” Bond’s torso or something? Bardem says his character would “**** anything”.
Homos see “subtext” everywhere cause that’s what they’re looking for and the actors are liberal fools who are happy to show how “enlightened” they are by talking that stuff up so I wouldn’t necessarily make too much of it.
In fact, in ‘Licence to Kill’ Franz Sanchez (Scaramanga) inexplicably hires Bond because FS is attracted to Bond.
Wouldn’t surprise me.
Gotta stay with the agenda you know.
Havier Bardiem makes my Tourette’s act up, X25. I will not watch anything with him in it.
Havier Bardiem - he was the psycho in No Country For Old Men???
Tommy Lee Jones did a good job in that flick. He looked positively beaten into the ground...”Weathered” I believe the term is...
“Havier Bardiem - he was the psycho in No Country For Old Men???”
Yes he was.
“Tommy Lee Jones did a good job in that flick.”
Comic books are for kids.
James Bond could be in for one heck of a makeover with Skyfall, his twenty-third outing (and no, were not referring to his wardrobe). Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) may seem an odd choice for a Bond film, but while his style may be deemed artsy by casual moviegoers, hes taking inspiration from one director known for blending blockbuster action with poignant filmmaking.
The James Bond series has turned actors into household names, yet the ones behind the camera have garnered much less attention. That might make Sam Mendes role seem less significant in the long run, but that could be about to change assuming Mendes can recreate even an ounce of the movies hes turning to for inspiration.
As promotion of Skyfall has picked up speed, the largest source of enthusiasm and commitment to putting James Bond back on the right tracks has been coming directly from Mendes. Even when discussing the authentic London locations being used for filming, the man at the wheel seems as pleased as a kid in a candy store. But apparently, his thoughts on the project werent always so positive.
Mendes explained to ThePlaylist that his spot in the directors chair came with some trepidation, and while the job may be one that many filmmakers dream of attaining, he wasnt so optimistic:
I was never interested and I dont think I saw most of the Pierce Brosnan films [...] I was not into them at the time and then when Daniel got cast I was interested because he was a friend and I had worked with him. And I thought, Wow, thats interesting. I was on record as saying that I didnt think he was good casting. Then I saw it and was blown away and was suddenly interested again, as a character, and eager to see the next one. I was slightly disappointed with Quantum of Solace although I think its got a bit of a short shrift, theres a lot in it thats interesting. But when I met with Daniel and he asked whether or not I was interested in doing it, I found myself saying yes very quickly. It was just good timing.
Mendes decision to jump on board was a risky one, since he rightly points out that the reception to Bonds last adventure was lukewarm at best. But those who felt that the first Skyfall trailer revealing the diabolical Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) seemed more Nolan-esque than Bond-ish may have been right on the money.
The strength of story, drama and compelling turmoil that director Christopher Nolan brought into the Batman mythos directly inspired Mendes in his view of the Bond series. Not just as a sign that tired properties can still have potential, but what can be attempted when studio dollars are on the line.
As Mendes sees it, the precedent has been set for directors like himself to bring more artistic flourishes to mainstream projects. What that means for Skyfall isnt clear, but does sound promising:
In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically The Dark Knight, the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody
Were now in an industry where movies are very small or very big and theres almost nothing in the middle [...] it would be a tragedy if all the serious movies were very small and all the popcorn movies were very big and have nothing to say. And what Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with The Dark Knight, its not even set in our world. It felt like a movie that was about our world post-9/11, and played on our fears, and discussed our fears and why they existed and I thought that was incredibly brave and interesting. That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible. Because also, people go, Wow, thats pretty dark, but then you can point to Dark Knight and go Look at that thats a darker movie, and it took in a gazillion dollars! Thats very helpful. Theres also that thing its clearly possible to make a dark movie that people want to see.
Nolans accomplishments extend far beyond producing one of the most taut and chilling character dramas the comic book genre has ever seen. The success and praise earned by Inception a story Nolan thought up himself showed that in an age of sequels, reboots and adaptations, an original script can still earn almost a billion dollars at the box office.
It would be optimistic to think that Skyfall can do the same, but everything shown so far pays testament to Mendes wishes of making a big fabulous escapist movie. The over-the-top action scenes may set a new standard for Bonds theatrics, but the film isnt forgetting its heritage either. The new beginning for Bond may not please every fan, but the fact that it will be forgoing 3D (and the attached profits) when it hits theaters should earn some goodwill.
Is Christopher Nolans influence starting to seep into too many other franchises, or should directors take inspiration from wherever they can? Think the tone could work for this darker chapter of James Bonds life, or may only weigh down a plot that should be fun above all else?
Skyfall will be in theaters and IMAX on November 9, 2012.
It still tickles me that people think Nolan did something substantially new in his Batman films. He just faithfully moved the comic book character to the screen.
Dude he was great in No Country for Old Men as a stone cod killer..
I think he will be excellent in Skyfall possibly the baddest guy JB has ever had to deal with..
I just don’t like HIM...he looks smelly or something. Ick. I get the same feeling from him that I do from Billy Bob Thornton.
OMG Billy Bob is my hero imagine he dumped Anjelina when she brought home an adopted kid..
He looks dirty...I lost all my love for AJ when she shacked up with him.
I like the theme song:
“From Mister Skyfall
Pretty girl, beware of his heart of sky
This heart is fall”
Never liked her always thought she was skanky..Even though they have remade her once a skank always a skank.
Another James Bond thread on FR??
Time to make myself another Vesper...
Sky-fall! (horn blast)
He’s the man, the man who fallllls from the sky!
Sky-fall! (horn blast)
LOL, you really don't like LTK. ;d
Anything else would defy logic. LTK to is probably the most Flemingesque James Bond Movie in the past 25 years, even more so than Casino Royale. The execution was just poor. The dialogue was horrible and the director lost control of Dalton.
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