Friday, November 25, 2011

New Bond film, "Skyfall"

Seems we get Daniel Craig again for this next installment of James Bond, coming up next year in October, along with Judi Dench as "M", which is nice.  What's really interesting is a few things:
  • This is the first non-book James Bond film.  It hasn't been created by Ian Flemming.
  • It's instead written by John Logan who made,  Star Trek Nemesis, Gladiator, and The Last Samurai (all of which pretty much were stupid, poorly-made, lower-quality rip-offs of other films (ST:N was really Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, TLS was really James Clavel's Shogun, and Gladiator was really Spartacus).  Though he did write The Aviator which was very good.
  • S.P.E.C.T.R.E is being reintroduced from Thunderball and hinted-at in Dr.No.
  • Ernst Stravo Blofeld, originally played by Donald Pleasance expertly will now be played by a far more Russian looking Javier Bardem, who's been in some interesting foreign films of note, which is good.
  • Locations will include South Africa, India, and Scotland, which is cool.
  • MI6 (England's foreign operations division) is going to get their butt handed to them by SPECTRE.
  • It's James freakin' Bond.
Anyway, it looks fairly promising, though D.Craig is a bit feminine, albeit tone.  Let's hope it's another Casino Royale (which was very good, except for that Bond plays Baccarat and not diet-poker (aka Texas Hold'em which elimiates the skill portion of the game Poker, leaving only the "bluff" option).

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