Trailering Skyfall

What are we to make of the Skyfall teaser trailer? It’s a cunning jigsaw puzzle of emotion and action, modernism and classicism; a tantalizing bridge between the past and the present by director Sam Mendes in honor of the 50th anniversary. It tells us everything and nothing, right?

The trailer begins with Bond looking across the London skyline at the capital with Big Ben in the background while being interrogated off-screen in a word association game. We see him jogging; and in shadow at a shooting range: “Country/England…Gun/Shot…Agent/Provocateur…Murder/Employment.”

Cut to Bond wearing a blue inmate’s uniform, which accentuates his striking blue eyes and angular, textured face. He sits across the table from a government official. When asked to respond to “Skyfall,” Bond freezes and his confident expression turns sullen. At this point, we notice that he’s being observed through a two-way mirror by M (Judi Dench), a high-ranking official named Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), and chief of staff Tanner (Rory Kinnear). Flash for an instant on a shadowy figure pointing a gun at his victim slumped in a chair. When the word “Skyfall” is repeated, Bond declares, “Done,” and walks out.

We shift into high gear as Bond steps into action, trying to maintain control as his world falls apart: Bond firing his Walther PPK, Bond running feverishly through the streets of London; Bond falling underwater; Bond falling off a building; a train crashing through the Tube.

But there are intimate moments, too, punctuated by Thomas Newman’s somber theme, including Bond and M peering over the Scottish highlands (his ancestral home) beside his Aston Martin DB5; and Bond being tenderly shaved by field agent Eve (Naomie Harris). It culminates with the silhouetted image of Javier Bardem’s baddie, Silva, emerging from a fiery wreck like a phantom in the night. Yet it concludes with Bond saying, “Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.”

We’ll just have to wait to find out what it all means when Skyfall opens Nov. 9.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, James Bond, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX

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