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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Skyfall: Trailer, Poster, and What We Know

Didja hear?  There's a new James Bond film coming out this holiday season!

It's been four years since we last saw 007 on the big screen!  That's tied with the four years between Die Another Day and Casino Royale as the second-longest gap between James Bond films.  (The longest is still the 6 years between License to Kill and GoldenEye).  The delay was because, as has been widely reported elsewhere, MGM Studios (the folks who own James Bond) had some bankruptcy woes and had to do all kinds of financial restructuring to get back on track.  The same delay also affected the production of The Hobbit.  But anyway, things are cleared up, 007 is returning to theatres, and James Bond will return in Skyfall.

Of course, Daniel Craig is back for his third outing as James Bond, and Judi Dench is back as M.  And they finally re-introduce Q!  Q is going to be played by Ben Whishaw.  Javier Bardem, introduced to American audiences as the bad guy in No Country for Old Men, is the villain in this one, Raoul Silva.  Lord Voldemort himself, Ralph Fiennes, is a government agent who oversees MI6, and Naomie Harris, Calypso in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, is the newest Bond girl, Eve.

The official plot description was released as this:  "James Bond's loyalty to M is challenged over secrets from her past. When MI6 is attacked, it falls to Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself."

What really makes this Bond film unusual is the behind-the-scenes talent.  The director is Sam Mendes, director of such legendary Oscar-bait as American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road, and Away We Go.  This is his first, big-budget, Hollywood action film.  I'm kind of sad, because this will be the first James Bond film since Golden Eye that doesn't have music by David Arnold.  Instead, Mendes decided to bring on his longtime collaberator Thomas Newman.

We got a poster late last week.

And the trailer went online over the weekend.

Skyfall hits theatres this fall.

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