The trailer for the 23rd instillation in the James Bond franchise, “Skyfall,” has become available and it gives the viewer a vivid sense of the tone that director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig (who reprises his role as Bond in the film) are setting for this, the 50th anniversary of the cinematic depictions of Ian Fleming's beloved spy novels.
We were on the Istanbul, Turkey set of “Skyfall” recently where Mendes indicated that Bond will be having something of an internal reckoning in this film as the super-spy grapples with what he has chosen to do with his life: kill.
More on that in a bit, in the interim take a look at the synopsis and brand new trailer for “Skyfall” below:
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Take a look at the insights the AMC Theatres movie news staff has to offer from our visit to the set of “Skyfall” in the video and write up below.
The trailer sets the stage for a film that will explore the hidden depths to Bond’s psychology while taking the audience through all the tropes of a classic James Bond tale.
Mendes referred to “Skyfall” as a continuation of the regeneration of the Bond character that began with Craig’s introduction in “Casino Royal.”
“I thought what they got right in 'Casino Royale' was that there was a kind of ‘We don’t need Q, we don’t need Moneypenny. We’ve got this character. We’re going right back to basics,’” Mendes mused. “He’s real, he’s in a real situation. Let’s start all over again.’”
Indeed, there was a feeling of gravity that flavored the film, adding a sense of both weight and realism. "Skyfall" feels of a similar ilk, one which does not shy from either the bombastic fantasy of Bond nor from the depths that Craig is capable of traversing. In that vein, the director went on to elaborate on the unique intersection of actor, role and cultural appetite that exists to create the success of Craig’s interpretation of Bond.
“If you have an actor who is capable of playing the consequences of his actions as well as fulfilling those actions with great elan and cool that is always more interesting. That’s not to say that what I’m looking at or what I want to look at is a kind of navel-gazing depressive [laughs] because that’s not what Bond will ever be. He’s a doer, not a thinker. And I think you have to understand that. I also think he doesn’t walk amongst us. He’s not Bourne , he doesn’t walk the streets. He’s a lone wolf. You have to keep him separate for most of the movie. It’s a very particular area he has to exist in. But, there’s a reason why the most interesting, to my mind, franchises now are ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Bourne’ because there are characters at the center who are, to some degree, in conflict about what they do and are pushed right to the edge. That is one of the wonderful things about what’s happened to these movies recently is that audiences have embraced movies that go darker and more personal. Having said that, they all have the thrills and spills you expect, as well. It’s about a balance.”
As you can see in the teaser there is a plethora of the intensity and expanse that we love in our James Bond fair and we can likely expect more of the aforementioned thrills as the marketing campaign heats up.
Stay tuned for more from Mendes, Craig and the cast of “Skyfall” as we approach the release of the film in AMC Theatres on November 9th.
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment
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