With the 23rd James Bond film on our horizons, I wonder just how it would fare this time around. The new title just made me think on whether this latest James Bond installment will make the sky fall or rise at least for the movie-going audience. James Bond is the longest running film series initially based on Ian Fleming’s novels. Later films however used original story lines including the much anticipated Skyfall.
All James Bond movies elicit much excitement and interest primarily because of its established reputation as an action-packed movie displaying the latest gadgets and the most beautiful women. The making of the first James Bond movie did not come easy having to go through several failed negotiations. The concept was initially seen as being too British for the American audience.
Now, we are on the 23rd installment of this spy movie and like the previous ones, it still generates considerable interest from the public. Daniel Craig reprises the role for the third time and the movie is set to be released in time for the 50th anniversary of the series. We should be expecting something special if this is intended to be part of the golden anniversary offering.
Supporting Craig in this movie are Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinney, Berenice Marlohe, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace, and Ben Whishaw as Q. Q’s character has been glaringly absent in the prior James Bond movies of Craig. With the financial difficulties of MGM, rumors were ripe that this movie will never come into fruition. Filming is still being done on several locations including South America, China, India, and Japan.
From the time that Craig came on board, there has been a conscious effort to provide the character a more realistic side instead of concentrating on gadget elements which sometimes bordered on fantasy. It was back to basics for Bond 23. It is James Bond as originally intended by the author.
Views about Skyfall at this time are at best speculative since it hasn’t been shown yet. We are yet to see if the movie-going audience is still receptive to another James Bond movie. Based on latest reported feedback, the interest on the movie remains as high as can be expected. Whether that interest translates to box-office returns is the only remaining question.
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Adelaide is a professional audio engineer who currently resides in Canada. She considers watching movies online a great stress reliever.