James Bond may be turning 50 this year, but he shows no signs of slowing down in the newest trailer for his 23rd adventure, “Skyfall.” The preview finally clues us in on the story and reveals some of the new faces to the series, including Ben Whishaw as Q and Javier Bardem as the frightening villain, Silva.
Here are our five key scenes for the new “Skyfall” trailer.
In Memory of James Bond
Until now, all we knew about the plot for “Skyfall” was that it had something to do with M’s past. The new trailers have helped fill in some of the blanks. It appears that M lost the hard drive containing the identities of all of MI6’s agents embedded in foreign terrorist organizations. She lost them so spectacularly, in fact, that the list even gets posted on YouTube, the last place you’d want government secrets to show up. As a result of this mistake, Bond officially dies, and M is shown penning his obituary. Bond, being no stranger to faked deaths, reemerges after taking a few shots with a scorpion on his hand.
The New Quarter Master
When Bond does return from the dead, he finds a new MI6 and a new Q, played by Whishaw, who brings some new firepower along with him. 007’s usual PPK gets upgraded to the 21st century, adding a palm-reading feature that only allows Bond to fire it. “Less of a random killing machine,” Q says, “and more of a personal statement.”
Deakins, Roger Deakins
In addition to the firepower on screen, “Skyfall” packs some serious hit behind the camera. With Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes directing and perpetual Best Cinematography bridesmaid Roger Deakins as director of photography, Bond has never looked better. Even if you’re unfamiliar with his name, you most certainly know Deakin’s work. The nine-time Oscar nominees shot some of the most visually impressive movies of the last 20 years, including “The Shawshank Redemption,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”
When Bond Met Chigurh
Above all, the new trailer for “Skyfall” serves as good reminder of just how scary Javier Bardem can be. This is the man who won an Oscar for terrifying people while sporting a 1970s porn haircut in “No Country for Old Men,” and here he continues his streak of intimidation with ironic haircuts as Silva. Aside from seeing the full Silva for the first time, we also get some insight to what his beef is with M. “The two survivors,” he says. “This is what she made us.” This seems to be a reference to the leak at the heart of the story. Is Silva ex-MI6?
The Unflappable Mr. Bond
Despite an art house director, Bond is still Bond, and no moment in the trailer crystalizes that better than when he skillfully lands on the back of a train caboose as it falls apart. Does he scramble away from the backhoe trying to tear him apart? No, he fixes his cufflinks.
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