JAMES BOND 007
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? 007 reporting for duty. Now playing in theaters is the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, marking the triumphant 50th anniversary of the character's big screen appearance. American Beauty director Sam Mendes takes the reigns, directing Daniel Craig in his 3rd Bond movie as Agent 007. He's joined by Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Bond girls Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris, plus Ben Whishaw as the new Q. So how is it? One of the best Bond movies ever? Or an overlong forgettable mess? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Skyfall.
For as long as I can remember, I've been a Bond fan. I've boasted numerous times about my VHS/DVD/Blu collection of all 22 (soon 23) films and extensive history with the series. A few weeks ago, I was honored to sit down with the two masterminds behind the 50 year old franchise - producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Barbara is the daughter of the legendary Albert R. Broccoli, known as "Cubby", who is the father of the original Bond movies starting with Dr. No in 1962. I was excited to talk with them about Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes with Daniel Craig as 007, and the status of the Bond franchise. Dive in!
50 years. 23 movies. A franchise as rambunctious and stubborn as its lead character, the James Bond series wouldn't have lasted as long as it has without a few great movies here and there in its arsenal. Skyfall is a great movie. Not as elaborately charged or as gun-wrenchingly explosive as one might expect, it still finds a way, thanks to director Sam Mendes, to bridge a gap between old and new schools of spy film, the Sean Connery smoothness of Goldfinger with the electricity of Daniel Craig. Skyfall earns tops marks for James Bond accuracy and continues a groundbreaking, cinematic tradition with a pinpoint bullet.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Jacob S. Hall from Movies.com to go over their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Elijah Wood's Maniac remake and Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects and much more. The main topic of the night was covering the James Bond Franchise, in honor of the 23rd film Skyfall hitting theaters this week. The guys talk over all aspects of the Bond universe including best and worst films, gadgets, girls and cars. They talk about where Bond will be headed in the future and if Daniel Craig will continue playing 007.
"To me, the true father of the Bond movies is Hitchcock." Bond is back, and better than ever. And the man responsible for bringing him back in one of the greatest Bond movies of the modern era is director Sam Mendes. The Oscar winning director's filmography includes American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road and Away We Go, but he finally takes the leap into action and intensity with 007. After seeing the film a few weeks ago in New York City, I had the chance to interview Mr. Mendes and discuss everything we could about Bond, James Bond and the 23rd 007 movie. "From one Bond fan to another..."
Look up! Look down! Look out! It's 007! Ohh, this is a good one. It's not actually an infographic, rather it's the nymphographic. On Movieline, they posted an infographic for James Bond (timed with Skyfall hitting theaters this weekend) highlighting the sex and women in Bond's
life lives. Agent 007 is known for his suave, sexy ways and ability to bed any women he wants, hence why Bond girls are always an important part of this franchise. It recaps all 75 of his "sexual encounters", film-by-film, and breaks down details on who, when and where. Unfortunately a lot end up dead after a night with Bond, but what a final experience.
Now before you get all bent out of shape (though I imagine there will be plenty of other, more disturbing reasons that some fans will be upset about this news), remember that Daniel Craig is still signed for two more James Bond films in addition to Skyfall coming next month. However, the future of James Bond is always on people's minds, especially since it seems Craig has a countdown to when he's done with Her Majesty's Secret Service. So who would put on the tuxedo next? What if I told you British actor Idris Elba had met with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about making him the first black 007 sometime?
Let me say first that I absolutely love this poster. I want it. On my wall right now, staring me down every night. It's stunning and fits Skyfall (one of the best Bonds in a long time) perfectly. But I'm afraid IMAX is going to bait and switch midnight fans once again. Following up regarding my complaint about the "IMAX exclusives" and the very cheap tricks they pull just to build interest, this is a poster I would go out of my way to get. But if I go to a midnight IMAX showing of Skyfall in a few weeks - will I even find it? Or be given a full (27"x40") poster? IMAX sneakily doesn't include any size or details in their announcement, just a look at this poster and that's it. That's all we have, unfortunately. But it's definitely worth taking a closer look at!
"This is what she made us." We're just a few weeks away from the highly anticipated release of the newest James Bond installment in the form of Sam Mendes' Skyfall starring Daniel Craig, and one last full length trailer has shown up. There's a lot of stuff we've already seen, but there's also some great quick new lines from Javier Bardem as the villain and also teases of some exciting action sequences. The buzz on this film after it screened last week has been off the charts and some are saying it might be the best James Bond film ever, potentially even deserving of a Best Picture nomination. Is it November 9th yet? Watch below!
"There's something about that tune is that is just classic and iconic." This may be one of the last video blogs we featured for James Bond's Skyfall, since it hits theaters around the world in just a few weeks. For those of you steering clear of any footage/spoilers, this has none. It focuses on composer Thomas Newman (Oscar nominated composer of American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Finding Nemo, Wall-E) and recording the new score for the film. Similar to Adele's excellent title track (listen here), Newman's score is refreshing and exciting, the perfect accompaniment to an otherwise fantastic new Bond film. Get a first listen below.
"Are you fit to serve?" That's the big, bold black and white question on this brand new mysterious viral site located at a random IP address. There's nothing else on except a "Royal Secret Intelligence Service" logo, in connection with MI6, which runs the 00 branch. So how do you get in and what does it all mean? Well, thanks to FS reader Zane for linking me to a Reddit reveal of this new 007 viral ARG. Once you speak the secret password into your mic for "aural identity", the page will forward to a computer terminal which introduces a "British Intelligence Officer Exam" with questions, virtual missions and more. Are you ready?
"Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall, and face it all together." Bond is back! And better than ever. I was lucky to catch the very "first showing" of James Bond's Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film, last night and it was awesome. I left the even more excited than when I went in. Everyone knows I'm a life-long, die-hard Bond fan and have been leading up to this (with a set visit to Istanbul) and more, but this was the moment I was waiting for. Its been four years since we last saw a new Bond film, and not exactly to the best outcome. But Skyfall will make you forget about that and fall in love with the character of 007 all over again.
"Let the sky fall, when it crumbles... We will stand tall, face it all together." Have you listened closely to the lyrics of Adele's sultry, spectacular new Bond theme for Skyfall? It's an incredible track and many, myself included, are claiming it's the Oscar frontrunner for Best Original Song. To cap off an otherwise exciting and fantastic Bond Day today, IGN has revealed a short, final trailer for Skyfall starring Daniel Craig as 007, featuring the Adele song used throughout. They've also edited the footage to match perfectly with the lyrics, and I have to say, this kicks things up a notch watching it together. Only a few more weeks left until it hits!
Happy 50th Anniversary, James Bond! Since it's Global Bond Day leading up to the release of Skyfall, we wanted to feature a few more Bond-centric items to peruse. In addition to a number of outstanding tribute videos, two infographics on all things 007 recently hit the web. The first comes from sponsor H&R Block's blog, which outlines "50 Years of James Bond". It breaks down box office earnings per Bond actor, as well as villains and weapons and iconic Bond accessories (and their cost). Earlier this year we featured a huge Girls of James Bond infographic. Below there's also a beautiful "Best Bond" infographic made by Cristina Vanko.