‘Skyfall’ Trailer Preview: James Bond Down

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The plot of the 23rd James Bond flick, Skyfall, remains as shrouded in mystery as the film’s villain (Javier Bardem) and his exact connection to M (Judi Dench). We were treated to a glimpse of the former in the recent Olympics TV spot, while the “remixed” IMAX trailer (currently showing in IMAX screenings of Dark Knight Rises) reveals a pivotal piece of information concerning the faux pas committed by 007′s (Daniel Craig) boss. Otherwise, though, the most important pieces to the puzzle remain hush-hush.

That might change tomorrow, when the full-length domestic trailer for Skyfall is unveiled. In the meantime, we can offer (sigh…) a Skyfall trailer preview.

Skyfall‘s MacGuffin, it turns out, bears a strong (too strong?) resemblance to that in the first Mission: Impossible, as it encompasses the¬†identities of every single British intelligence agent who’s either infiltrated a terrorist organization or working the field (in some capacity). The other noteworthy tidbit in the trailer preview is the train-top fistfight between Bond and an unidentified nemesis, which leaves the former in a bad position – after Agent Eve (Naomie Harris) inadvertently takes him down, sniper-style (… or was she supposed to knock 007 off the train?).

Expect more train-oriented footage in the full Skyfall trailer, as the IMAX promo includes a couple of explosive set pieces involving those massive locomotives (in addition to the underground tube crash glimpsed in the teaser trailer).

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Daniel Craig returns as 007 in 'Skyfall'

Skyfall director Sam Mandes appears to have crafted a sophisticated and suave thriller that’s in keeping with the traditional qualities of the James Bond franchise (passing over concerns about recycled plot devices). That goes for everything from the prominence of Bond’s Aston Martin throughout the marketing – to Roger Deakins’ picturesque cinematography – and even 007′s high-class wardrobe in the film. So, if nothing else, Skyfall will certainly look good (much like its iconic protagonist).

Check back in tomorrow morning for the release of the full domestic trailer for Skyfall.


Source: MGM

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  1. I always found trailer previews to be a weird concept. A trailer is a preview of a movie, why do we need a preview of a preview? Anyways, the preview looks good, I guess, can’t really form an opinion untill I’ve seen the trailer.

  2. Another trailer preview? Sigh.

    Is this just going to be the IMAX trailer? Because the blurry YouTube version I saw looked very promising indeed, a solid return to form. Hopefully.

  3. It actually sounds like a couple of things that had been in the UK news a year or so ago. Someone from MI5 leaving a laptop with sensitive information in on a train, or an employee losing a memory stick that is top secret.

    It’s surprising how sloppy the secret service in the UK actually is.

  4. Good point about the MacGuffin being like the one in M:I1. I sometimes wish that they weren’t MacGuffin’s, that they really had something to do with the story. But I wonder if the Craig/Bond movies are hamstrung too much by holding onto the past (nostalgia for the days when England/Britain/UK was a world superpower; the Aston Martin DB5; copying the Sean Connery ’60s era skinny tie and lapel suits, etc). The definition of what James Bond is has changed drastically, almost unintelligibly since the days of Ian Fleming and Sean Connery.

    • Holding onto the past?

      Are you kidding? Craig’s Bomd has become so far removed from what has gone before, that it has barely been recognisable as as part of the franchise. Until now. Skyfall looks like an actual Bond, the franchise has survived, not through reinvention but by maintaining Bond as a cool character.
      The DB5 and sharp suits are iconic and part who Bond is, without them, he’s just another action hero.

      And we’re still a global power, thank you very much.

      • Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever. He’s putting all the classic elements in the film because it’s the cinematic Bond’s 50th anniversary, but as a character he’s finally doing the literary Bond, thank god.

        And be careful about saying the Brits’ days as a superpower are over, Craig’s Bond looks like he just might leap out of the screen and chase you down the street for it. ;)

        • “the literary Bond”

          No. Craig has aspects of the character from the books, the hardness, the emotional detachment perhaps. But he isn’t Fleming’s Bond.

      • I agree, Craig’s Bond is the biggest departure from the old franchise so far…although it’s worth noting that a lot of the character traits he brings to Bond are somewhat accurate to the novels’ character from what I understand.

        Really love the cinematography we’re seeing in the trailers so far, looks a lot better than QoS. But again, my worry is that Skyfall’s serious story might also make it light on humour – normally I wouldn’t be concerned but QoS was annoyingly unfunny for the most part, while Casino Royale managed to pull it off great.

        Honestly I’m still a little sad they’re dropping the Quantum storyline, because I thought it had potential. And it doesn’t seem like they would need to stretch it much to fit it in with Skyfall’s apparent storyline – just make it Quantum retaliating against MI6. But oh well. Totally looking forward to this one regardless.

        • Craig’s portrayal of Bond is the closest anyone has gotten (Timothy Dalton a close second) thus far to Ian Fleming’s character in the novels, is easily the best Bond in the franchise overall (my opinion), and ‘Skyfall’ is at least looking like – however the actual film turns out – a classic Bond in the making… just wish it had been shot on film and not digital, Chris Nolan is correct, you can’t beat film for that richness and texture onscreen.

          • Yeah, it’d be nice if it was shot on film but they’re in it to make money, and feel it’s necessary to release it in 3D, which I assume means you have to shoot in digital? Regardless, Roger Deakin’s cinematography will be breathtaking, I’m sure.

            And they’re reintroducing Q, there’s going to be lots of great humor in this one, you’ll see in the trailer tomorrow.

            It’s interesting to note, yes supposedly Quantum is not mentioned in this movie, however there’s rumors that Blofeld and SPECTRE may be returning, which would be even better. I’m sure they’ll either bring back SPECTRE outright, or pick the Quantum storyline back up at some point if not.

            • Blofeld and SPECTRE can’t return as MGM/Sony do not have the rights to use them. They belong to Kevin Mclory who wrote Thunderball.
              That’s why they created QUANTUM.

  5. That shot of James Bond falling off that train would have been best left out of the trailers so that people can be shocked by it in the theatres.

  6. What is the world coming to when we need a trailer for a trailer, OF A TRAILER COMING OUT THE NEXT DAY?!?!?!?!?

  7. I saw the Imax trailer with TDKR today, I didn’t expect to see it and it looked amazing. The movie seems to have 3 or 4 big action scenes and the story looks solid as well as the drama.

    • I think there’s gonna be a lot more than 3 or 4 big action scenes. There’s even a rumor he’s going to fight a komodo dragon at some point in this one…