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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.



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.


My Top 10 films to look out for this year


G.I Joe Retaliation has been pushed back to 2013 so i have added a different entry on to my top 10

2012 is a big year for films and we are almost half way through the year already. We have had the box office smash the Avengers which has literally destroyed all records  previously set but there are still plenty of other great films to look forward to. So here is my mini breakdown of what to look out for and the dates you need to put in your planner.


Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson

Starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton,

Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman and many others

Two young lovers decide to run away together which starts a

search party to find them and bring them home.

Reason to watch: Wes Andersons first live action film since 2007. He loves to use a large star heavy cast, most of which will play a quirky if not slightly wierd character.

Release Date: 25th May



Men in Black 3

Directed by Barry Sonnerfeld

Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin

Agent K has to travel back in time to stop the events of Agent J being killed.

Reason to Watch: Jermaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords plays one of the bad guys

Release Date: 25th May






Snow White and the Huntsman

Directed by Rupert Sanders

Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron

This is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs reimagined for an older audience. The Evil Queen sends a Huntsman into the woods to kill Snow White so she can reign supreme. Things don’t go quite to plan though when the Huntsman becomes Snow Whites protector.

Reason to watch: Apart from getting to see Chris Hemsworth fighting off bad guys with a sword (might as well be Thor’s Hammer) but we get the likes of Nick Frost, Ray Winstone, Bob Hoskins and Ian McShane playing dwarves.

Release Date: 30th May




Directed by Ridley Scott

Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and many others

An invitation, found by a group of explorers, is used to hopefully find the origins of man on a distant planet. Things seem to start taking a turn for the worst and instead of finding the origins they have to stop the end of the human race.

Reason to watch: Ridley Scott makes his long awaited return to the Sci-Fi genre. A prequel to Alien? Not a prequel to Alien? Based in the same universe?  Can he match the brilliance of Alien? There is only one way to find out.

Release Date: 1st June



The Amazing Spiderman

Directed by Marc Webb

Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans

Peter Parker is back in a reimaging of the Spiderman story. Peter has to come to grips with his new powers and discover what happened to his parents which leads him to Dr. Curt Connors.

Reason to watch: Yes it’s only been 10 years since Spiderman came out but there was this feeling that the film series needed a new lease of life. From the trailers so far it looks like we are more in line with the comics and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey should be reason enough to watch.

Release Date: 3rd July 



The Dark Knight Rises

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Eight years have passed since the end of The Dark Knight and there is a new face in Gotham, Bane. Batman must come back to save the city he once protected and come face to face with one of his toughest enemies.

Reason to watch: This is the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman and if the previous two films are anything to go by then this will be one fantastic end to the story. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, JGL, visually fantastic action scenes and probably the odd surprise.

Release Date: 20th July



G.I Joe Retaliation

Directed by John M. Chu

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Ray Park

The G.I. Joe’s are back and once again battling against Cobra. However this time they also have to deal with people in their own government trying to take them out.

Reason to watch: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Bruce Willis kicking arse together. That is all!

Release Date: 3rd August 

New Release Date: Sometime in 2013




The Bourne Legacy

Directed by Tony Gilroy

Starring Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz

There was never just one. Based around Aaron Cross, a CIA operative, he finds himself in the same situation as Jason from the other films in the series. Is there more behind what is going on in the CIA than we first thought?

Reason to watch: If the film follows the same pattern as the other Bourne films and with Renner in the lead role then this could be the coolest film of the year.

Release Date: 13th August 






Directed by Sam Mendes

Starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, Naomie Harris and Judi Dench

Bond is back and is tested to the limit with his loyalty to M. All while MI6 is under attack and James must find and stop whoever is doing it.

Reason to watch: It has been 4 years since our last Bond outing and given the trailer it seems like we could be back to Bonds best. Bond 24 has also been confirmed already.

Release Date: 26th October




 Gangster Squad

Directed by Ruban Fleischer

Starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

Based in the 1940’s and 50’s a group of LAPD’s finest are recruited to help tackle and take down the Mafia gangs trying to make a name for themselves in LA with Mafia gangster leader Micky Cohen top of their wanted list.

Reason to watch: Tommy guns, shotguns, car chases, funny talking and everyone’s new favourite golden boy Ryan Gosling. Emma Stone once again stars alongside Gosling

Release date: 9th November




The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Directed by Peter Jackson

Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and practically everyone from the LOTR films

A group of dwarves are on a mission to reclaim some treasure that was stolen from them by a dragon called Smaug. Accompanying them is a curious little hobbit called Bilbo Baggins who meets someone on the way who will change his life forever.

Reason to watch: Nine years after The Lord of the Rings concluded we now finally get the prequel story as to how Bilbo came to be in possession of the one ring. The film has been split into two and they could easily (and hopefully) equal or better Jackson’s original LOTR films.

Release Date: 14th December

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.