When the film is released on October 26th in the UK and November 9th in the US all will finally be revealed but I am confident that this will be the best of the series so far and a hell of a way to celebrate the momentous 50th Anniversary.
That’s the conclusion made by a writer for What Culture, which has published an in-depth article looking at the top five reasons to be optimistic about Skyfall.
The article starts out by arguing that Sam Mendes has brought on board an impressive array of talent in the shape of production designer Dennis Gassner, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Thomas Newman, who are joining Bond regulars second-unit director Alexander Witt, stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell and special effects guru Chris Corbould; and in front of the camera Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench are joined by Albert Finney, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe. To be honest, I think it could go either way, as the Bond films have never been about having big name actors.
The second reason is because the film will be the first Bond film be released in IMAX. Seriously, this is a reason that it’ll be the best ever Bond film? What about a good script? IMAX wouldn’t have saved Quantum of Solace.
Reason three: third time lucky for Daniel Craig. Well, we’ll see – he struck it “lucky” first time with Casino Royale. And “luck” had nothing to do with it; a good story did.
Number four is mainly British locations. But when Ian Fleming set Moonraker entirely in England his readership complained. The Bond books and films have always been about exotic locations, although not continent hopping, which has happened far too much in recent years.
Finally, reason number five is the return of the Aston Martin. Again, the DB5 won’t save the film from a poor script and in many ways is too much; one of those Bond clichés that shows that maybe the filmmakers have no idea how to really make a good James Bond film.
While I disagree with much of what is said in the article it’s still good to read. We’ll find out whether the author is right in October.