I wasn’t the biggest fan of Quantum of Solace which I felt stayed far too focused on the fallout of the first movie in the reboot James Bond franchise without moving our new version of British Secret Agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) forward. Skyfall certainly isn’t a perfect Bond film, in fact it may be the first of the franchise that I’ve enjoyed without liking its choice of villain. However, it does make a concerted effort to blend in elements of the classic Bond franchise with the new version making it feel, really for the first time, that James Bond is truly back.
The film borrows heavily from themes, elements, and even specific props from previous Bond movies. Some of these callbacks include the Aston Martin from Goldfinger, a signature gun (which we saw before in Licence to Kill), an assassin’s with signature bullets (a major plot point used in The Man with the Golden Gun), and even the recreation of M’s classic office. The movie also begins incorporating Bond’s original supporting cast including finally delivering a new Q (Ben Whishaw).
In the November issue of In Style UK new Bond Girl Naomie Harris discusses her role of Eve in the new James Bond film Skyfall, working alongside co-star Daniel Craig, shopping for the perfect dress, her favorite designers, overcoming her shyness as a child, the stress of working the red carpet at a movie premiere, living her lifelong dream of being an actress, her love of leather jeans, and the fun of getting all dolled up for photoshoots such as the one you can find pics and video for inside.
Maxim’s November cover girl is the newest Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe. In her interview in this month’s magazine the French-Cambodian-Chinese actress discusses working with Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, and Judi Dench, her enigmatic character Sévérine in Skyfall, her fight and gun training for the role, being single and what she looks for in a man, her love of dessert and real Italian pasta, her celebrity crush on Christopher Walken, and the worst pick-up attempt she’s ever seen. Inside you can find the photos and video for the photoshoot.
$60 is a high price tag for basically eight Hot Wheels, but you’ve got to admit this James Bond 007 Miniature Vehicles Set is pretty damn cool. The set, which comes in a film can, includes the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, the BMW Z3 from GoldenEye, the Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale, the Little Nellie from You Only Live Twice, the Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day, the Rolls Royce III from Goldfinger, the Space Shuttle from Moonraker, and the (supremely awesome) Lotus Esprit Underwater from The Spy Who Loved Me.
Earlier today a European radio station was the first to release the theme song “Skyfall” from the upcoming Jame Bond movie of the same name co-written and performed by English singer-songwriter Adele. UPDATED 10/5: Original recording was pulled, but here’s a better version.
Like Bond? James Bond? Want all 22 “official” Bond flicks on Blu-ray in one handy dandy collection? Now’s your chance. For the franchise’s 50th Anniversary MGM and 20th Century Fox are releasing a new box set with all the films plus 130 hours of bonus materials. You can find the full press release after the jump.
“There is something horribly deficient about you.”
One word summarizes the latest Bond film – disappointment. If Casino Royale was a step in the right direction in rebooting the franchise Quantum of Solace takes at least three steps back. In the hands of a director who had never helmed an action picture, with a script not based on a Fleming story, and with few (almost none) of the Bond trademarks, Quantum of Solace fails to impress. And the real tragedy is they should have known better…
Before escaping, with relative ease (and a confusing moment where no one, including the director or the four screenwriters it seems, are sure if M is shot), White informs MI:6 that they are hopelessly outmatched by his secret origination with its hands in intelligence organizations worldwide.