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Skyfall

Skyfall (2012)

Directed by Sam Mendes

Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and Javier Bardem

 

 

The relationship between Bond and M is heavily tested while at the same time a threat against MI6 tests Bond to the fullest so that he can destroy the threat.

This is Bond at his best, some classic Bond one liners, cool and smooth. Yes the action might be less than in other Bond films and there might be a lot of talking – remind you of anything cough The Dark Knight Rises cough – but it brings that cool Bond-ness to the big screen and incorporates bits from previous Bond films as well as the blatant product placement throughout. The promoting of Skyfall was indeed massive and seemed to be everywhere including Adele singing the theme and Sky having their own channel dedicated to Bond, Sky Movies 007. Something that makes a Bond film so memorable are the villains, in this case it was Javier Bardem playing Silva, a gay villain who is charming while at the same time quite manic and freaky, perfect for a Bond villain.

On a side note there where some moments of predictability and a couple of things that annoyed me. Why was there no one on the tube when it crashed in rush hour (this is not a spoiler unless you haven’t seen the trailer) and it was lucky, or unlucky in Bond’s case, that there was a random chain on the top of the train near the beginning also I do not feel that the Bond girls where given much screen time or added much to the film.

 

Recommend

This film really was about Bond and M and their relationship with the quite brilliant Silva thrown in. The film appears to be a new beginning story for James Bond and we know that there will be at least another 2 more starring Daniel Craig. If they are along the same guise as Skyfall then we could be in for some great future films. Given the amount of money that Skyfall has already made at the box office you don’t need me to tell you to go and see this because you probably already have.

 

The FriedGold rating – 8/10 – Licence to Thrill

 

Film Fact

At two seconds shy of 143 minutes, this is the second longest Bond movie of all time, the longest being Casino Royale at 144 minutes. The third longest running time for a Bond movie is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service which runs 142 minutes.

 

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Skyfall trailer is released

It’s been 4 years since we last saw James Bond on the big screen due to the financial problems MGM had. Now, although the film states MGM, the film is distributed by Sony and is now on for a release date of 26th October 2012.

So today we have been gifted with the first trailer for Skyfall. Set while James is being questioned we see some classic bond images; cars, explosions, girls and a bad guy all while set to a futuristic style of music.

Enjoy

 

Cowboys and Aliens

 

 

So we have Cowboys. We have Aliens. Of course its Cowboys and Aliens and it does exactly what it says on the tin. You have classic Cowboys in a small village doing everyday normal cowboy stuff. Then aliens turn up, steal some of the locals and we have a full on battle between the two.

 It is a classic play on the Cowboys and Indians going up against each other like we have seen in many films before however instead of the Indians you get aliens. But then of course you do, it’s John Favreau.

 I think everyone knows who John Favreau is. “He’s the guy that directed Ironman” “Wasn’t he in it too?” “Wasn’t he the cage fighter in friends who dated Monica?”” He was so money in Swingers!”

 John Favrou as we have seen in the two Ironman films loves his boys toys and high octane action and this is what you get with Cowboys and Aliens. Guns, (classic and alien) horse chases, explosions and aliens. It’s like being a child again and playing some sort of pretend fantasy game with your friends where Han Solo and James Bond have come together to fight aliens.

 

A quick mention to Sam Rockwell’s supporting character that doesn’t have much screen time but is great every time he is on screen. Nothing more on that, i just like Sam Rockwell as an actor.

 

Film Fact

 John Favreau has left the Ironman franchise and will not be directing the third in the series. However, rumours are that he will be co-writing the film with director Shane Black who directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which also starred Robert Downey Jr.