We here at Cinetropolis love a good Bond film. In fact we bloody love a good Bond film. So with the news that a teaser trailer for the 23rd Bond outing ‘Skyfall’ was released today, well, we were all over it like ants on jam.
We were so excited that we decided to go through the trailer and dissect it scene by scene, so pay attention 007 fans. Warning, there may be spoilers in here:
1. EST. SHOT LONDON
James Bond looks over London and sighs. “Another bloody mess for me to clear up, no doubt” he seems to say. One thing that is immediately obvious is how glorious the city scape looks, but more about that later, chums. Nice touch with the Union Jack, what with the jubilee coming up and all.
2. MARATHON MAN
Bond runs alone, something is up. Something bad has happened. A top spy word association game is going on behind these visuals. The analyst asks “Gun” and Bond replies “Shot”. Surprised he didn’t say, “Once did a cover of Cameo’s ‘Word Up'”, just to muck the bloke about and stretch it out. Bond loves wasting time you know.
3. “AGENT” “PROVOCATEUR”
The word association game continues. We see Bond looking solemn in a dark room, probably looking for a Quantum of Solace. Then realising that he took it back and swapped it for ‘Cop Dog’.
4. THE MILLER’S CROSSING FIRING RANGE
A shitty looking warehouse has never looked more beautiful. With Roger Deakins on board as cinematographer we are in very safe hands here. Each shot in this trailer looks incredible and this is perhaps one of three or four devastatingly striking images in the trailer. So delicately lit and shot that it looks like an antique painting. Reminds me very much of the scene in Miller’s Crossing where Johnny Caspar tries to get Tom to give up Bernie.
Bond is clearly having some sort of psychological evaluation. The word association continues and James is in his dressing gown.
The evaluator asks a question that clearly hits Bond hard. Like the day after his wedding when someone bought him a set of his and hers towels.
7. SKYFALL 2
We briefly see why. Who is that dead/asleep in the chair?
8. M & M
While we wait for Bond’s answer, Judy Dench(M), Rory Kinnear (Tanner) and Ralph Fiennes (Mallory) look on. Any coincidence that Ralph Finnes also has a surname that begins with “M”? I suspect he will take over the part by the end of the film and the franchise will get 50% better.
9. SKYFALL 3
“Done” is the answer Bond gives, before walking out of the room and giving that “I know you’re watching me behind the mirror” look that people in front of two-way mirrors always give. That’ll show ’em.
10. SHANGHAI SURPRISE
We see the lovely vista of Shanghai. Yes I know it featured in MI:3. but this promises to be a bit better.
Bérénice Marlohe (Sévérine) is seen in another wonderfully crafted shot. Bond must be looking on, the way she is looking back suggests as much.He is such a perv.
12. BANG BANG
Bond nonchalantly fires a few shots into the room, suggesting that he is back to kicking ass and done with moping about a woman. The bullet holes beside him suggest that it was a bit of a fire fight.
The Union Jack coffins suggest a military angle to the plot, world terrorism perhaps. Nice imagery and very au courant with the current climate. I could be wrong, it could be a jubilee street party.
Another stunning Deakins shot. That’s about all you can say about it. This really will be the prettiest Bond film ever.
The tuxedo shot to appease the fan boys. Craig looks every inch the blunt instrument that M referred to in Casino Royale. A great looking hard-edged Bond.
Naomi Harris makes her trailer appearance as “Eve”. Many people suspect she will be playing Moneypenny. I’m not convinced as this seems to be an intimate moment and Bond and Moneypenny never get it on, that’s the law. Harris also stated that “Eve” is a field agent and never spends time in the office.
There have been a few spy shots coming out from this set piece and one would suspect that the angle of this film is very much pointed towards a terror plot. This and the later underground train shot lead me to believe that Javier Bardem is some sort of evil plotter. Again I could be wrong, Bond could be late for his tanning appointment.
18. BANG BANG 2
More lovely action for us to look forward to. This looks very much like the interior of a country pile. Bond’s family home perhaps? Rumours of his Scottish family home featuring in the film have been all over the place. More of this theory later.
19. Disco Volante
Someone falling down a very well lit hole. Another visually striking shot and you would imagine that it aint the last of them.
I was right! There is another beautiful shot. A stunning shot in fact. We see the Scottish Highlands and Bond’s trusty old DB5. Lovely stuff. M is probably telling him she would like some toffee.
More London based chaos which lends weight to my terror plot theory. Though it could be perfectly innocent. Maybe.
Our first shot of the villan of the piece Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem). Bond is rumoured to have a “very important relationship” with Silva, Hmm. That looks like a country house on fire that he is walking away from. The plot thickens.
The another shot that is visually stunning. For such a short trailer it certainly packs them all in. Hats off messers Mendes and Deakins.
“Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first”. A great line to end the trailer with. Sums up the “fuck you” spirit of Craig’s Bond. Dan, you had me at “some men”.
25. HOUSING BOOM
What’s that, a country house blowing up? Bond’s family home I reckon, folks. You heard it here first.
26. MALE BONDING
27. JIVE TURKEY
A shot from the apparently “brilliant’ pre-credit train sequence sequence which was shot in Turkey. I am led to believe that it will blow our socks off.
Excited? FUCK YEA!