They, ah… they announced the name of the new Bond flick today.
I gotta say that with Sam Mendes directing, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes as bad guys, and Albert Finney as the Defence Secretary (or whatever he’s playing), this is as promising a cast as EON’s ever going to assemble. Unfortunately, it seems that the money spent bringing in all that star power came out of the maintenance fund for the Bond TitleTron.
When you hear the name of a Bond movie, you should think, “That’s somewhat poetic in a cheap, noir-ish way.” If not, then it should at least reference gold or death. But when I hear “Skyfall,” I don’t think “gold,” “death,” “spy,” “gambling,” “arch-villain blackmailing the world,” or “scantily-clad women with suggestive names.” Instead, I think “really bad made-for-afternoon-cable disaster movie,” or “G.I. Joe cartoon codename.”
Maybe they can get Shirley Bassey to warble the theme song. That’d do a lot for the title.
4 thoughts on “On Skyfall, part one.”
I have to say, for a 50th anniversary movie name…it seen disconcerting. It’s like they’re secretly telling me…this is it, the sky is falling, the Bond empire ends here. God I hope that’s not true.
And for those interested:
Official James Bond films
1. Dr. No (1962-Sean Connery)
2. From Russia With Love (1963-Sean Connery)
3. Goldfinger (1964-Sean Connery)
4. Thunderball (1965-Sean Connery)
5. You Only Live Twice (1967-Sean Connery)
6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969-George Lazenby)
7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971-Sean Connery)
8. Live and Let Die (1973-Roger Moore)
9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974-Roger Moore)
10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977-Roger Moore)
11. Moonraker (1979-Roger Moore)
12. For Your Eyes Only (1981-Roger Moore)
13. Octopussy (1983-Roger Moore)
14. A View to a Kill (1985-Roger Moore)
15. The Living Daylights (1987-Timothy Dalton)
16. Licence to Kill (1989-Timothy Dalton)
17. GoldenEye (1995-Pierce Brosnan)
18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997-Pierce Brosnan)
19. The World is Not Enough (1999-Pierce Brosnan)
20. Die Another Day (2002-Pierce Brosnan)
21. Casino Royale (2006-Daniel Craig)
22. Quantum of Solace (2008-Daniel Craig)
23. Skyfall (November 2012-Daniel Craig)
The first Bond I saw (in a theater, no less) was For Your Eyes Only. (Moonraker was the ABC Sunday night movie the following weekend) As such, FYEO will always be a good Bond movie in my mind.
I think I can hear Dom retching even though I haven’t hit submit yet…
Worst thing about any single Bond movie: The casting of Grace Jones as a Bond girl/villain
We could discuss which movies were better than others, but I think I may read a few of the books. Does anyone have an opinion on which are better than others? -Or should I read them chronologically?
Read Casino Royale first. Read the last four (Thunderball, OHMSS, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun) in order. Aside from that, it doesn’t matter too much what order you read them in.
Perhaps they will redeem the title by having Albert Finney’s character names Xavier Octothorpe…
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