Friday, November 23, 2012

007 Skyfall

Saw Skyfall over the Thanksgiving weekend...

I loved it... Although I do see the criticism from the traditional Bond fans who don't like their 007 hero to ever break a nail...

This James Bond (Daniel Craig returns in the role) is scruffy, fierce, and melancholy...

Yes, it's in the Dark Knight model...

Let's see where the franchise goes from here...

But I loved this one...


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Skyfall Director Sam Mendes on Reinventing James Bond and His Favorite Scenes

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Sam Mendes, the director perhaps best known for his Oscar-winning work on American Beauty and as a preeminent figure in British theater, turned his artistic cred in a new direction—James Bond—and the move proved a hugely successful one. With Mendes at the helm, Skyfall became the all-time highest grossing 007 film ever. Now, The Guardian reports that Mendes may return for another Bond movie—and, whether or not he directs, he’s already figured out what the plot will be.

Shortly before the film’s release, Mendes spoke to TIME about the influences that made Skyfall what it is, what it was like to work on his first action movie and how 007 has stayed fresh for 50 years worth of movies.

TIME: How did being a James Bond fan as a kid affect your decisions for Skyfall?

Mendes: I just made the James Bond film I would want to see now. I think a part of you has to be in touch with your inner 13-year-old when you make a Bond movie, to try and remember what it was like the first time you saw it, but it’s a funny game you play with yourself: you’re both trying to acknowledge and sort of pay homage to the Bond legend and at the same time throw it all out and start again. It’s a funny see-saw between trying to hold on to what you love about it and making a totally new story.

How did doing an action movie compare to your expectations?

Slower. More painstaking. Sometimes more frustrating. But very satisfying when it all comes together, and a different kind of satisfaction. Exhilirating. It’s different from putting together dialogue scenes or any other kind of film making. When it works it’s a beautiful thing, aesthetically really pleasing. When you put five shots together really fast and it works to give an impression of speed and fluidity, and you know it’s taken eight hours to shoot those five tiny pieces.

Did you have a favorite sequence to shoot?

There were two that I really loved. I love the sequence that happens in the dead city with Javier Bardem’s first scene and the scene that follows that. And I’m very fond of the sequence in Shanghai in the office block at night with the strange neon lights—although, to be honest with you, that wasn’t fun to shoot. It was so dark people kept walking into glass, including me!


Did you have to tweak the idea of James Bond at all to have him exist realistically in today’s world?

You’re constantly adjusting it. How far can we push him so he’s not cliché but he delivers enough of Bond that you feel we haven’t abandoned this core character? Fleming created somebody and famously described him as a blunt instrument, and someone said why do you call him James Bond and he said because they’re the dullest names I could think of. That’s kind of false modesty in a way from Fleming, but the truth is he created someone who was incredibly flawed. Bullish, impossible, sexist, doesn’t like human beings very much, prefers animals, a loner, untrusting of people in authority. Complicated. Somehow this character has sustained 50 years of audiences—and, frankly, your guess is as good as mine.

Anonymous said...

Mendes' approach to action is classical and elegant - no manic editing and blurry unintelligible images here - but what makes the movie special is the attention he pays his actors.

Anonymous said...

"Skyfall" is a different kind of Bond movie, one that works just fine on its own terms, but a steady diet of this might kill the franchise. One "Skyfall" is enough.

Anonymous said...

Not the best Bond movie ever but a very good one; a little darker but still unsettled as to what type overall it wants to be. This is one of the 50-year-old series' most exciting and commandingly compelling entries. Yes, James Bond is back to being James Bond. Establishing a sense of urgency from the outset, the 23rd Bond film hits its tall target with a bonus back-story, character establishment and strong storyline to balance the action. As a consequence, we are offered a film that is uniquely Bond

Greg said...

We enjoyed the movie. And Javier Bardem was fantastic.