We made it to the end. I don’t know how my fellow bloggers who post on a daily basis manage to find time to do so. It has been an exhausting four weeks. Everyday I have been scanning the films, compiling a list, capturing shots, finding images to share and it was always so much because I wanted to look at everything. It has all been worth it. This post is going up the morning of the day I will be seeing the new Bond film “SPECTRE”. I hope it has helped wet your appitiete as much as it has mine.
“Skyfall” is just about perfect in my mind. I have seen haters out there who have had the audacity to say it is a bad film, they have no idea what they are talking about. This movie is packed with things that action film lovers will want to treasure, that Bond fanatics like me will geek out over, and it has qualities that film professionals have honored in numerous ways. Here are the Double O Seven ways it did it for me.
001 Adele gives Shirley Bassey a run for her money.
The title song is lush, mysterious and romantic. It kicks in with a chorus that is dramatic and brings the intensity level up very effectively. That it is played over some spectacular title images adds to it’s luster.
002 Judy Dench Classes up the film like you can’t believe
This was the biggest role for Dench in the series, she plays it tough and has just the right amount of vulnerability in the key scenes. She gets to participate in the climactic battle at Bond’s ancestral home and she is completely believable. In the opening, she is unsentimental in risking Bond’s life in pursuit of the Macguffin.
When the HQ of MI 6 is attacked and a half dozen are killed, she is a isolated figure with the world against her.
She has to defend herself at a public hearing where she will be humiliated for political reasons, still she does not give an inch.
As she and Bond flee London to draw their nemesis into a fight away from others, she is not alone, but still feels the weight of the world and the isolation with 007 at her side.
003 Let’s Hear it for the Movie Magician Roger Deakins
He makes beatiful images even more beautiful, see the reds pop in this image.
The lighting and shadows in some scenes recall the glory days of post war film noir.
Shadows that tell the story as well as the pictures and words do.
Backlighting for effect and hiding the face of the character in the bright red light from a fire, awesome stuff.
Composition is another of the arrows in his quiver.
I know “The Life of Pi” was beautiful, but Roger Deakins was robbed at the Academy Awards this year.
004 Once again, the villain makes the movie.
Javier Bardem as the betrayed and bitter ex-agent Silva, is all quirky body movement and lilting articulation when he speaks.
The story he tells of his Grandmothers Island and the rats is creepy, but watch the way he tries to get to James by delicately manhandling him.
Of course Jame’s response was classic bravado with a twist of humor.
Even when he is captured, Hannibal Lecter-like, we know that he is a snake that is too dangerous to let live. A terrific character matched by a terrific performance.
005 Fan Service from Aston Martin
I’m only slightly kidding when I say I may have peed myself when the lights go on in the garage. “Goldfinger” is my favorite Bond film, but this one proves there is always a chance it could be replaced. At least as long as a car with Machine Guns and an Ejector seat is in the mix.
006 The New M
Ralph Fiennes is well cast as a younger but mature new head of the Secret Service. He also know how to handle himself as he shows in the attack on the public hearings.
He starts off in the film as an uptight prig but turns into the wise and knowing heir to the Evil Queen of Numbers.
As he and Bond meet in the very last scene, and Bond addresses him as “M”, my heart soared and I anticipated the new film every day for the last three years.
007 The Perfect Summary of 007
He kicks ass, chases the bad guys around town on every kind of vehicle you can imagine, shoots a bucket load of bullets, and still cares about how his clothes drape properly.
If you don’t jones on this shot, why are you reading any of this?
James Bond Will Return in “SPECTRE”
Some great stuff, certainly. Can’t go wrong with Adele and Judith, along with Deakin’s spectacular cinematography, but blasting the classic DB5 is just about unforgiveable. 😉
Some eggs must be broken to make a perfect omelette. In this case one egg was human and one was a machine. I love the bit where Craig flips open the cover on the ejector button and gives M a look and asks the question. It was tough losing both of them.