Skyfall trailer: Our reaction
What do we make of this year's most-anticipated trailer?
By guest blogger Daniel Bettridge
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After enjoying the psychological quizzing at the start of the new trailer for Skyfall it’s time to play some word association of our own and tease apart what we saw when the 80-second ad for the new 23rd Bond film blasted onto the interwebs this morning.
It’s the first new footage we’ve seen from the franchise for four years, so has the wait (which feels like it’s been an eternity) been worth it? The short answer is yes. The new trailer comes complete with careering tube trains, explosions, emotive quips, girls, guns, grit and more guns! Then there’s the soundtrack, all Inception-like distortion with a hint of techno, that’s the understated star of this sneak peak. It’s stylish, broody and psychological; everything we had hoped for after Daniel Craig’s brilliant debut in Casino Royale and everything that was missing from the disappointing spectacle of Quantum Of Solace.
One thing that stood out from the short burst of carefully spliced shots we’ve seen so far, is that the Skyfall teaser looks more like a trailer for a Sam Mendes action movie than a trailer for your traditional Bond flick. Of course there’s the familiar parade of exotic locations, the sharp suits and the glamorous women; but there’s no machismo, no extended action scenes and no sense that this will be another wild ride. Instead Craig’s Bond looks shaken and stirred, a broken man whose haggard expression belies the inner turmoil and psychological fractures that have characterised 007 since his return to the silver screen in 2006.
The clip also raises plenty of questions. Why is a sweat-shirted Bond being questioned by his own people? And just who are these men that are coming to kill them? From what little we know about Skyfall’s premise MI6 itself is under attack, so are those the coffins we see M standing before? And is Bond somehow to blame? There’s also no hint at the rumoured demise of Dame Judy Dench’s character and no sign of Ben Whishaw as Q or Javier Bardem as the film’s villain – save for a silhouetted shot in front of a burning building.
So many questions, so few answers.
Clearly there’s a lot more to come from Bond and co, but’s there’s also plenty on offer here to whet our appetites ahead of the film’s release this November.
What are your thoughts on the Skyfall trailer? Can you shine a light on the unanswered questions, or are you as perplexed as the rest of us?
Let us know in the comments section below, and why you’re there why don’t you tell us about your best Bond moment – to get you started here’s mine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvbbQaIoaSM
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