Skyfall Directed by: Sam Mendes Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench Rating: Not Yet Rated Release Date: November 9, 2012
TRAILER SCORE: 9/10
Thoughts by TSR: I’ve enjoyed a number of the James Bond films in the past, but it’s never been one of my favorite franchises. One of the films I do love, however, is Casino Royale. I thought Daniel Craig was brilliant in the role, and couldn’t wait to see his next turn. That was Quantum of Solace, a film that was a bit of a letdown. Over these last few years I haven’t been champing at the bit for Craig’s third go as 007, but my interest was definitely piqued when Sam Mendes was chosen to direct. Let’s just say this first teaser has taken that interest to new heights.
This marvelously edited teaser only vaguely hints at the plot, instead focusing on mood and breathtaking images. The fantastic look of the film should come as no surprise, what with Mendes once again working with Roger Deakins. Between the coffins with flags draped over them, the dragon heads illuminating the river, and what might be Javier Bardem silhouetted in front of the flames, it’s hard to pick a favorite shot. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Mr. Deakins – one of the very best – and if this is what’s on display five months before release I can’t wait to find out what else they have in store.
I love the word association Bond is doing at the beginning (“Murder.” “Employment.”). It appears getting Skyfall “done” deeply affected Bond. I'm excited to find out more – especially just what Skyfall is – and that’s the mark of a great teaser. Skyfall. Can’t wait.