Skyfall Teaser Trailer Released – My Review
Skyfall news. Teaser poster and teaser trailer released. Enough said.
Actually I really should build this up a more huh?
The last time we saw 007 M was saying to him “Bond, I need you back”. He replied coolly, “I never left”. He tossed Vesper’s Algerian loveknot necklace to the ground and disappeared into the snowy shadows.
That was four years ago.
Way too long a wait for my taste. From Casino Royale in 2006 to Quantum of Solace in 2008, the series took an unexpected four-year hiatus. Had MGM not run into financial problems the film probably wouldn’t have been suspended and we might not have had to wait so long for it. Right now we might have been talking about Craig’s ‘fourth’ Bond film.
But now finally Bond fans are now sitting six months away from seeing Daniel Craig’s Bond in his third film – Skyfall!
I can’t help but think it was awful convenient that the production delay pushed Skyfall back to coincide with 007’s 50th anniversary of cinematic adventures. The producers love these anniversaries and that bump in the road really helped out with marking the big 5-0.
As I’ve said before though – PLEASE go easy on the references from the past films!!! Let’s make this a bit more of a classy, elegant affair. We don’t need to experience another loud, obnoxious stag party-type of observance where the cops have to be called to break things up like what happened for the series 40th anniversary jubilee that was Die Another Day. Please don’t turn this into – Sky Another Day!
So, Skyfall’s official teaser poster. It looks good to me. Simple. Direct. Classy. I like the fact it’s black and white. That already gives it a bit of a vintage feel about it.
The use of the gun barrel opening seems like such a given. It’s probably the most iconic image associated with James Bond, even general audiences and casual fans most likely will recognize it instantly. So I’m not surprised that it was used.
Plus, this might be the film that gives Craig his first opportunity to take that strut across the screen, stop and fire at the camera like his predecessors all have done. Both Casino and Quantum kind of skipped using it. I would like to see that classic opening used this time for Craig. Since it’s the 50th anniversary (let’s not forget that), I have a feeling that they’re going to open Skyfall with it. That’s just a guess though.
As for the teaser trailer. I’m kind of torn here since it’s become the norm to dissect every frame of a trailer for every hotly-anticipated film nowadays. Let’s face it, it’s much easier to do that now than back in the day when you would only see trailers at the theater. In the 80’s was the beginning of this trend.
Entertainment shows would show trailers and you could record them on your trusty VCR (Anyone remember those?) and scrutinize every shot. I remember doing that for the trailer for 1989’s Batman. Man, I practically wore that tape down to nothing.
Now of course we have the net and can freely watch these trailers at our convenience. I’m sure some Bond fans will have watched this teaser a hundred times before the day is over.
As big a Bond fan as I am, I’ve avoided messageboards, discussions and reading leaks regarding Skyfall. I would rather go in watching it as cold as possible. I try to do that with any film I’m really looking forward to. That can be kind of difficult today, since movie fans have much greater access to talk with other fans and information and gossip moves so fast on the net.
The irony is not lost on me as being a guy who has done these long-winded dissections of Bond films, but not being clued in on the latest information regarding the newest one. And also that here I am not wanting to know too much about the film, but I’ve already got the first teaser under a microscope and watched it a bunch of times. I don’t know what’s wrong with me….
But essentially I only know what that press release stated about the story. ‘Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost’.
If your worried about me revealing possible spoilers or trying to peace together the story based on the images in the minute and half teaser, don’t worry. I’m just going to give a broad overview of it and my reaction to it. I won’t be saying or commenting on anything that the plot synopsis and the teaser doesn’t reveal. If you want to dig deeper into Skyfall there are plenty of places where you can hook up with fellow Bond fans to do just that.
As for teasers go, I think it does exactly what a good teaser is meant to do – tease us. It uses the popular design that trailers do nowadays with the constant fades to black fading back into striking images. I wonder when that device really got popular with film trailers.
From what we’re shown, I think visually the night scenes look gorgeous. I was immediately reminded of a Ridely Scott or a Michale Mann-kind of vibe. Cinematographer Roger Deakins looks like he’s really going to earn his paycheck and try to make Skyfall very lavish looking.
The tone looks to be VERY heavy. Bond is clearly got some demons regarding ‘Skyfall‘. Based on his reaction when the shrink says the word it’s clear it touches some raw nerve in him. What is it? What does it mean? How does it relate to Bond? Don’t know, but the teaser makes me want to find out!
I wasn’t sure if the word ‘skyfall‘ would actually be used in the film and apparently it will be. This is good news for Bond fans who enjoy the 007 Title Drinking Game. You know, watching a Bond film and everytime the title is uttered by a character you do a shot. Goldfinger is probably the best Bond film for playing this game. Especially fun is if you include the theme song within the rules! I’ve never been able to make it up to the Fort Knox part. Am I the only one who plays this…?
There’s no indication that this will have more of a sense of humor than Craig’s previous two outings. We don’t see a single joke or one light moment. This appears to be a very straight, dramatic story.
The early photo we saw of Craig’s Bond with some stubble, that some fans were confused by, seems to be shortlived. Bond gets a seductive shave by Naomi Harris, maybe leading up to some sex perhaps? Either way, you had to know Craig would eventually be clean shaven in the film. Although I will say Craig’s hair looks to have been given a shorter haircut here.
The teaser also puts to rest the speculation that director Sam Mendes wouldn’t be including action in the film. We’re going to get running, shooting, crashing, explosions, all that great 007 stuff! I still don’t understand why anyone would have questioned that. Sure Mendes isn’t known as an action director, but I mean….it’s a Bond movie!
If you think Judi Dench’s M has had too much of a beefed up role in the films, it looks like you’re in for some disappointment again. M won’t just be assigning a mission behind her desk and reappearing one final time right before the closing credits.
Just from the short synopsis we know about the story M will be playing a prominent role in the film. This could be Dench’s final performance as M. With her recent health issues she might very well leave the role, Skyfall could take the opportunity to hand things over to a new M within the story.
As for the story, it doesn’t reveal much of anything. I’m sure when the next trailer rolls around it’s going to toss out more information about what’s going on. Maybe we’ll get a look at Javier Bardem’s villain and the rest of the supporting cast.
I am somewhat surprised at the absence of the Bond theme. We get a few cords towards the end, but that’s it. It almost seems like a given piece of music to use in a Bond trailer, but I’m betting we’ll get it in the next one.
Simply based on this first short look, I think Skyfall could be a great Bond film. A lot of the shots look pretty grand and dramatic, Craig seems to have slipped back into his stern Bond from his previous films and it hints at some real excitement.
Of course this teaser trailer could be completely misleading us and covering up a train wreck of a movie. I certainly hope not. That would suck.
What do you think?