“Some men are coming to kill us,” cinema’s greatest action hero says. “We’re gonna kill them first.”
That’s the take-away line from the just-released trailer for “Skyfall,” the next James Bond action extravaganza, which opens November 9th in the U.S. It’s been four years since “Quantum of Solace.” Bond is finally back from vacation—and he’s ready for anything:
Daniel Craig suits up as 007 for a third time in “Skyfall.”
Since taking over in 2006’s “Casino Royale,” Craig has brought a tough sense of menace back to the role—something sorely missing since Sean Connery (the original movie Bond) left the series – which now numbers 23 films.
The Plot Thickens
We don’t know much about “Skyfall” yet, and there’s a good reason for that: It’s not based on any of Ian Fleming’s original Bond stories. But what we do know is this: The spy business is built on secrets, and when secrets from M’s past pose a real threat to security, Bond leaps into action.
Once again, Judi Dench will return as M, the head of the MI6 branch of British Intelligence. She will be joined by actor Ralph Fiennes (who played Lord Voldemort in half of the “Harry Potter” movies), who portrays a fact-finding bureaucrat looking for faults within Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service. Rumor has it Fiennes is being groomed to replace Dench, who is (in real life) suffering from macular degeneration and losing much of her eyesight.
Of course, no Bond picture would be complete without a villain. This time out, that role will be played by Javier Bardem, who scared the popcorn out of anyone who saw his Oscar-winning performance as a psychopathic murderer in 2007’s “No Country for Old Men.”
Equally breathtaking are the locations. Bond movies usually involve some serious globe-trotting and that’s certainly the case here. “Skyfall” was shot in London, Istanbul (Turkey), Scotland and—in a new twist for the series—China. And while it’s already known that part of “Skyfall” takes place in Shanghai, there is an exciting rumor circulating that says “Skyfall” also includes a heart-stopping motorcycle chase around (or perhaps even on) the Great Wall of China.
Behind the Scenes of “Skyfall”
Creating a movie takes many talented people, including production designers with a background in filmmaking and graphic design. Like Oscar-winning Production Designer Dennis Gassner, who takes us inside how he created the look of “Skyfall”:
Incredible action sequences are the bread and butter for this film franchise. The “Skyfall” trailer provides glimpses of some of them: Bond on the run, underwater, running in traffic, falling down an elevator shaft and escaping helicopter fire. Other set pieces from the trailer include a subway-train derailment, motorcycles racing across rooftops and (of course) numerous explosions.
Check back here for breaking updates on “Skyfall,” as well as reports about the 50th anniversary of the Bond series, which began way back in 1962 with “Dr. No.”
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