SKYFALL Review

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The James Bond film franchise has stood for 50 years.  It has lived, died, returned, died some more, returned again, and as the longest-running blockbuster franchise in history, it constantly walks the line between life and death regarding the series’ potency.  There likely will always be another James Bond film, but the character’s relevancy is always in question.  Can the modern audience accept Bond in a world where a grittier spy like Jason Bourne seemingly has more power to engage audiences?  Isn’t James Bond a relic that can’t convincingly survive in a post-9/11 world?  The latest Bond film, Skyfall, explores these question is a fascinating, compelling manner and does so within one of the series’ most exhilarating, perfectly crafted, and absolutely captivating entries to date.

Daniel Craig, Director Sam Mendes, and Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson Talk SKYFALL

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Bond is back with a bang in Skyfall, a smart, sexy, exciting action thriller that’s one of the best 007 films ever, ranking right up there with From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It’s certainly the best of the Daniel Craig Bond films with its thrilling chase and fight sequences and the visceral way it reveals the vulnerable man behind the myth who relies on primal instincts and physical prowess to combat 21st century techno-terrorism.

At the Los Angeles press day for the film, Daniel Craig, director Sam Mendes, and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson discussed how Skyfall presented an opportunity to continue to regenerate the franchise and introduce new characters, how they wrote the role of the Bond villain specifically for Javier Bardem, why Mendes was drawn to directing the film, what inspired his decision to cast Bérénice Marlohe, how DP Roger Deakins contributed to the extraordinary look of the movie, and why after five decades Bond is still such a potent franchise. Craig also talked about what he’s learned from doing an action movie and working with Dame Judi Dench whom he considers an extraordinary woman and actress.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Director Sam Mendes Discusses Why He Never Got PREACHER Off the Ground; Says It Would Make a Great Cable TV Series

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The 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, is finally set to hit U.S. theaters this Friday, and given the immense positive buzz surrounding the film, director Sam Mendes is poised to become very much in-demand for a number of studios’ large-scale projects.  He’s already proven his talent at drama—he won the Best Directing Oscar for his feature debut American Beauty—but early word is that he’s crafted one hell of an action thriller with Skyfall.  Mendes was actually set to make his genre debut a few years ago with an adaptation of the graphic novel series Preacher scripted by John Logan, but he eventually left that project to tackle Bond.

Steve recently sat down with Mendes for an extended video interview for Skyfall, but during the course of their conversation the director also talked a bit about Preacher.  He discussed how Skyfall flexed the muscle he was trying stretch with Preacher, why the project never took off, the difficulty of adapting the story for the big screen, and the possibility of doing a serialized adaptation on television.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

SKYFALL Duo Sam Mendes and John Logan Team for 1800s Vampire Hunter TV Series Featuring Van Helsing

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The buzz on the latest James Bond film Skyfall is incredibly positive, and much of the film’s success is due to director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan.  It appears that the two got along well during the collaboration, as they’re now set to team up for decidedly new territory: a genre TV series.  The two are currently shopping a drama series set in the 1800s London featuring classic horror characters like Van Helsing and Doctor Frankenstein hunting for vampires.  Hit the jump for more.

SKYFALL Continues Record-Breaking Box Office Run, Sets Seven-Day U.K. Record and Passes HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2

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Sam Mendes’ James Bond flick, Skyfall, the 23rd installment in the famed franchise, opened strongly in the U.K. with $32 million, but has continued that trend to set a one-week box office record.  Pulling in $60 million, Skyfall beats out previous seven-day record holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which nabbed $57 million in 2011.  Internationally, Skyfall claimed $83 million (up from its initial estimate of $77 million) on its opening day and has since crossed the $100 million mark.  This achievement is especially remarkable considering there’s no ticket price uptick for 3D.  Hit the jump to see what other records Skfyfall has set, and what the positive buzz means for its domestic opening on November 9th.

5 Suggestions for Who Should Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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It was bound to happen some day.  Star Wars: Episode VII is becoming a reality now that Disney has purchased LucasFilm, and set a release date for 2015.  George Lucas has gracefully bowed out of the director’s chair, and given the reigns over to producer Kathleen Kennedy, although it remains to be seen how much influence he’ll have over future Star Wars films.

But since the director’s chair is open and we all love pretending we’re Hollywood executive, let’s play Suggest!  That!  Director!  This is the fun part since we have no idea what the story will be and who would be appropriate for that story.  However, we do have a vibe of what a Star Wars movie is, or at least what a Star Wars movie should be (i.e., the originals, not the prequels).  So who’s the right director to make a worthy successor to the original movies?  Hit the jump for my suggestions.

SKYFALL Shatters Records with $77.7 Million International Debut

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My increasing enthusiasm for the release of Sam Mendes’ James Bond film Skyfall over the past few weeks hasn’t exactly been a secret, and I appear to be in some good company.  Though the pic doesn’t open stateside until next Friday, Skyfall made one hell of a splash with its international debut this past weekend.  The film dominated the foreign box office, raking in a whopping $77.7 million in total.  $32.4 million of that came from from its U.K. debut, where it broke a couple of records.  Hit the jump for more.

New Clip from SKYFALL Focuses on Ben Whishaw’s Q

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Yet another clip from director Sam Mendes’ James Bond film Skyfall has been released, and this time the focus is on the Daniel Crag-era’s new Q.  Ben Whishaw steps into the gadgets expert role previously played by Peter Burton, Desmond Llewelyn, and John Cleese, bringing a wholly fresh take on the staple character.  It’s been a decade since we’ve seen Q portrayed onscreen (2002’s Die Another Day), and I’m eager to see whether he fits into the larger plot of Skyfall or if he’ll be resigned to a couple of self-contained scenes.

Hit the jump to watch the clip, and click here to watch four more clips.  The film also stars Judi DenchJavier BardemNaomie HarrisBerenice MarloheHelen McCrory, and Ralph Fiennes.  Skyfall opens internationally on October 26th, in US IMAX theaters on November 8th, and in US conventional theaters on November 9th.

IMAX Poster for SKYFALL Revealed

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As they’ve started doing for all their major releases, IMAX has unveiled an exclusive poster for Skyfall that will be handed out at the film’s midnight showings.  Director Sam Mendes‘ James Bond pic is getting some special IMAX treatment, as the film will open one day earlier on IMAX screens than regular theaters.  Attendees will be given this simple yet classic-looking poster that features Daniel Craig’s Bond and a very familiar vehicle.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film also stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Helen McCrory, and Ralph FiennesSkyfall opens internationally on October 26th, in US IMAX theaters on November 8th, and in US conventional theaters on November 9th.

Sam Mendes Says THE DARK KNIGHT Directly Influenced SKYFALL

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Everything we’ve seen thus far from director Sam Mendes’ James Bond film Skyfall has been incredibly promising, and just recently the first reviews hit and they were wildly positive.  As such, Skyfall looks poised to be a very, very big entry in the long-running Bond franchise, with a great deal of credit due to Mendes.  A number of the film’s first reviews noted the similarities between the sensibility of Skyfall’s and that of The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan.  As it turns out, that wasn’t exactly by accident.  During a recent interview, Mendes talked about how much Christopher Nolan’s films—specifically The Dark Knight—influenced his approach to Skyfall.

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4 Clips from Sam Mendes’ SKYFALL Starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris

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4 new clips from director Sam Mendes’ James Bond film Skyfall have been released.  I’m trying my best to temper my expectations following the incredibly positive early reviews, but these new clips aren’t doing me any favors.  All signs point to Mendes having crafted a Bond film for the books, and opening day can’t get here soon enough.  We’ll have video interviews with the cast soon, but until then check out Steve’s set visit and on-set interviews with MendesDaniel Craig and producer Barbara BroccoliBerenice Marlohe, and Naomie Harris.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Helen McCrorySkyfall opens in traditional theaters and IMAX in the U.S. on November 9th.

New SKYFALL Clip Pits Daniel Craig’s James Bond Against Javier Bardem’s Silva and His New Toy

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We may have the “best Bond ever” in Sam Mendes’ Skyfall if early accounts are to be believed.  Stateside, we’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out (unless you’re like Steve and got to see it early).  The newest clip features Bond (Daniel Craig) going up against his new nemesis, Silva (Javier Bardem).  Bardem looks delightfully crazy as Silva and proves that Bond’s troubles with public transportation are far from over.

Also starring Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Berenice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Helen McCrorySkyfall opens in the US on November 9th.  Hit the jump to check out the new clips as well as all the clips released so far. 

New SKYFALL Clip Introduces Bond to Severine; First Look at THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES in Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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In the newest clip released for Sam Mendes’ James Bond flick, Skyfall, Bond (Daniel Craig) is up to old habits: namely gambling and womanizing.  This thirty-second spot shows Bond playing cavalier with his hard-earned winnings and introduces him to Severine (Berenice Marlohe).  They must have hit it off since they later meet up for a refreshing Heineken on a passenger train.  We also have the first look at Harald Zwart’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in a behind-the-scenes featurette with cast interviews.

Skyfall, also starring Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris, opens November 9th stateside. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones stars Lily Collins, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Kevin Durand and opens August 23rd, 2013.  Hit the jump to check out the clip and featurette.

New SKYFALL TV Spot and the First Clip from WRECK-IT RALPH

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Two of our most anticipated films of the last quarter of 2012 just so happen to be Sam Mendes’ Skyfall and Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph.  Today, we have a new TV spot for the latest and greatest James Bond movie that features Bond (Daniel Craig), his antagonist Silva (Javier Bardem) and lots of guns and action.  Things get a bit more subdued in the first clip from Wreck-It Ralph, in which we see our titular hero, voiced by John C. Reilly, meeting Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman).

Skyfall, also starring Judi Dench, Benwhishaw, Helen McCrory, Ralph Fiennes, Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris, opens November 9th stateside.  The animated Wreck-It Ralph, which features the voices of Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill and Adam Carolla, opens a week earlier on November 2nd.  Hit the jump to see the new spots. 

Listen to Over 6 Minutes of Thomas Newman’s Score for SKYFALL

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We were recently treated to Adele’s swell theme song for director Sam Mendes’ upcoming James Bond film Skyfall, but there’s another musical aspect to the pic that plays a fairly important role: the score.  David Arnold composed the score for every Bond film since 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, but Mendes made a change and brought in his longtime collaborator Thomas Newman to do the music for Skyfall.  In addition to scoring all of Mendes’ films except Away We Go, Newman is responsible for such memorable scores as Wall-E, Angels in America, and The Shawshank Redemption.

A nearly 7-minute preview of Newman’s Skyfall score has now landed online, giving us a taste of what’s in store for the excellent-looking new Bond film.  The score sounds suitably Bond-esque, and I look forward to hearing Newman’s work in full when the film opens on November 9th.  Hit the jump to take a listen.

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