Well, the Leveson inquiry continues and the appalling Murdochs and their apparatchiks have yet to fold, but at least we now have a couple of proper teasers for the new Bond movie. First there is the poster, which displays very much a ‘back-to-basics’ approach with star Daniel Craig glued into the iconic gun barrel logo designed by Maurice Binder for Dr. No, the first in the series released almost 50 years ago (where did the time go). With all this talk of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Olympics, it’s possible that UK has never quite been so up front and centre in popular culture. So what are the odds that there will be references to corgis and stadiums in the upcoming film? Well, we will have to wait until November to find out. I’m not crazy about this poster myself, mainly because it make Craig look a little hunched and squat. And now there is the new trailer ….
“Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.”
At first glance, this looks like an interesting combination of plots from two of the Pierce Brosnan films. We have Highlands vistas and potentially an attack on M and the 00 section (with the view of several coffins with Union Jacks draped over them) as previously seen in The World is Not Enough. And then there is Bond being interrogated while M, Bill Tanner and another official (Ralph Fiennes) watch on from the other side of a two-way mirror, which is reminiscent of Die Another Day. I like the grungy look of this scene, and it looks as though there will be lots of UK-based sequences, which always strikes me as a very good idea (again, shades of The World is Not Enough). And how about that crashing underground train? Can’t get a lot more London than that … Shanghai is the main foreign location featured in the teaser and it does look truly spectacular.
And then there is the beardiness – like Die Another Day, we have our super spy hero with some facial growth. It is certainly a bit of a shock, especially as it is, well, grey … In a way I quite like it because Craig is my age and my beard looks a bit like that (wish the rest of me looked like the ever-buff actor), but on the other hand I’m quite surprised they didn’t dye the offending hair. But Craig is a superb, don’t-mess-with-me kind of star – so if anyone can pull this off, he can. And I really hope he does. It’s been way too long since his last outing as Ian Fleming’s hero.
Me, I can’t wait!
In the interim, to tide us over until the film’s release, the previous 22 films in the series are all due out in a box set on Blu-ray as part of the 50th anniversay of the series, which is set for late September, early October (depending on which side of the Bond pond you reside in).
The official Skyfall website can be accessed at: www.007.com/skyfall/