Skyfall could be best Bond ever

The Skyfall team

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Skyfall, the 23rd official James Bond film,  is one of the most hotly anticipated in living memory.

Despite being the world’s longest running franchise, grossing over $5billion at the box office, the idea of actually making a good Bond film never really caught on until recently.

Now, after the success of Daniel Craig’s first two outings (particularly the superb Casino Royale), producers Barbara Brocolli and Michael Wilson obviously realised the scope of the character they have at their disposal.

Oscar winning director Sam Mendes, who has never made a bad film, is in charge of an amazing cast, and the rumour is that the script isn’t bad either.

He said: “I got very excited when I saw Daniel in Casino Royale. I loved that movie and I thought it opened up a whole new range of possibilities.

“When they came to me with this fantastic script, I saw it as huge challenge and a fantastic opportunity.”

The supporting cast includes; Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Judie Dench and Albert Finney, making this, easily, the most exciting cast ever for a Bond film.

The success of the Jason Bourne series helped nudge franchise into more serious territory after the Pierce Brosnan era, who despite being a good Bond, participated in some of the worst films in the series.

Despite the financial success of the Brosnan films, the last three in particular seemed to be geared towards 12-year-old boys, and on reflection were complete nonsense.

Interestingly, the decision to dumb down those films was taken because of the perceived failure of the two Timothy Dalton films, which were grounded in the real world as an attempt to move away from the Moore campiness.

There is a common belief that all the original Ian Fleming source material has been used. The truth is that many of the Connery and Moore films barely resembled the books.

It seems Daniel Craig, whilst appearing in material that isn’t directly related to Fleming, is portraying a Bond more reflective of the authors true interpretation.

And, with momentum gained from his previous two films, he believes that the ingredients were right to make a landmark in the series.

He said: “Being lucky enough to do a third film it was my intention to make the best bond film we possibly could.

“With the gang of people we got working here and the great script I believe we’re going to do it.”

About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.

Comments

  1. You seriously ought to re-check your history here.

    On every objective measure, Pierce Brosnan far and away out-delivered Daniel Craig as James Bond; even the producers have acknowledged this (albeit taking the last-place results seen in Quantum of Solace to do so), with return-to-roots “Goldfinger” promises. The industry-peer-approval-obsessed 007 franchise of late is driven by failure to understand, if not outright rejection (“we know better”) of Ian Fleming, in favor of desperate attempt to copy Jason Bourne.

    Upon serious examination, and in light of the most inconsistent results we’ve seen from the 50-year-old James Bond movie franchise via last two films, a more accurate statement would be that James Bond benefits most from merely changing the lead actor. See “Branding, James Bond Branding” analysis: http://brandingbond.com/2012/02/james-bond-movie-roi-raw-number/

    • Mark Hodge says:

      Hi Dell,

      Thanks for your comment. Firstly, I actually said in the blog that Piers Brosnan was a good Bond. However, as I’m not particularly a Bond Fan, rather a film fan, I have looked at the Brosnan films objectively and unfortunately they are not to my taste- except for Goldeneye, which I think even you would agree was the best of that era. Their performance at the box office- which I believe you are referring to- is not what I am addressing at all in the piece.

      Of course, Quantum was a disappointment- but I think the main point I was trying to make- is that with this cast, and specifically this director- Skyfall is gearing up to be a very exciting film.

      • You’ve written “Piers” Brosnan a couple of times now; I think you mean “Pierce” Brosnan.

        But to your more important claim of having looked at James Bond movies “objectively,” I hardly think that “not” being a James Bond fan is all it takes to make it so. And why would “box office” be inferior as a measure? Surely mass appeal is homogenized through ticket sales, to fans and non fans: Apples to apples, one 007 movie versus all others. I wouldn’t (and haven’t) taken these numbers as stand-alone, of course – lest Moonraker, as I’ve argued, forever lay claim to title of having bettered any contribution made by Sean Connery to the film legacy. But ROI is gonna be more objective than any one man’s opinion, be that yours or mine.

        Speaking of which, long before our present debate, I had already ranked every James Bond movie, including those starring Pierce Brosnan. GoldenEye comes in third of his four. Again: That’s my opinion (as was my view that Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale was better than GoldenEye as well).

        But my opinion on this point, like I’ve argued regarding yours, differs from objective fact.

        http://brandingbond.com/2011/12/annual-james-bond-movie-ranking-2011/

        We must remember to revisit this discussion after Skyfall premiers. Meantime, thanks for hearing me out on this and for making your further reply here.

        • Mark Hodge says:

          Hi Dell- whoops- I think I’ve been watching too much Piers Morgan.

          Thanks again for replying. I never said that box-office performance was inferior as a measure. The point of the blog is that in my opinion most of the Brosnan films were terrible. And that Skyfall will, hopefully, be a great film- still nothing to do with box-office, just on it’s merits as a film- in terms of my enjoyment of it- nothing more.

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