The latest (last?) IMAX trailer for Skyfall recycles much of the same footage from previous trailers and television spots for the 23rd James Bond flick; though, as you would expect, the focus here is on the film’s set pieces, with crashing underground trains, mansions erupting into flames, and 007’s train-wrecking maneuvers on full display (so as to encourage moviegoers to pay the higher ticket price for an IMAX screening).
Skyfall marks the return of Daniel Craig as James Bond, who must match wits with the mysterious Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a brilliant criminal mastermind with a personal vendetta against ‘M’ (Judi Dench). Meanwhile, 007 begins to change from the emotionally-vulnerable agent we saw in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, into a sophisticated (yet detached) agent with a license to kill.
Early buzz surrounding Skyfall is very enthusiastic, as Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) looks to have found a nice balance between elements of grand escapist entertainment and substance. Mendes has cited Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight as an example of the sort of blockbuster he’s aiming for here – that is, one full of old-fashioned spectacle, but also a film with something interesting to say about our (troubled) modern world.
The casting for Skyfall has also contributed to the excitement, as it includes Ralph Fiennes (who might be taking over the ‘M’ mantle), Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas), Helen McCrory (Harry Potter), Naomie Harris (28 Days Later…), and new Bond gal Bérénice Marlohe. Plus, screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (who also wrote the last few Bond films) and Oscar-nominee John Logan (Hugo) have had extra time to get the story right, thanks to the delay resulting from MGM’s bankruptcy woes.
Combine that with a new theme song written and performed by Adele (which you can now listen to now) and there’s little reason to not be excited about seeing Bond back on the big screen; not to mention, the big, big screen.
On that note, check out the new IMAX poster for Skyfall:
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Skyfall opens in U.S. theaters (regular and IMAX) on November 9th, 2012.