Hello! Kaboom. The name is Fall, Skyfall. And this is the teaser trailer. Which is now officially considered abso-f*ing-lutely f*ing awesome. Awesome.
Some things we’ve learned. First of all: this one is quite tough and strikes home. London is one of the major settings of this film, and it appears we might see an attack on the Underground. With memories of 2005 relatively fresh and the Olympics with all their security fuss on the agenda, this is more than topical.
Second: It looks gorgeous. But that’s to be expected when you pair director Sam Mendes with cinematographer Roger Deakins and costume designer Tom Ford (that’s his tuxedo that Bond is wearing in the Shanghai bit). A bit too gorgeous for Daniel Craig’s ‘roughed up’ version of Bond? Perhaps; we’ll have to see.
Third: The best villain introduction since ever, as Javier Bardem’s big baddie Silva walks away from an explosion, and we only see him in silhouette…
Fourth: the classic Aston Martin DB5 is back!
And finally: is this going to be a perfect double bill with Christopher Nolan’s Inception? I had strong ‘Nolanesque’ feelings with this teaser. It somehow reminded me quite a bit of The Dark Knight, with the terror striking close to home and a protagonist in psychological shambles… And Inception was, as Nolan proclaimed, his “Bond” film. Which does not mean I would not like to see the man doing a ‘real’ Bond flick.
But that’s fantasizing about the far future, while in the immediate one there is so much to look forward to. Not only Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but also Sam Mendes’ Skyfall. Officially proclaimed awesome. What a year!
PS Probably a coincidence, but Bane, the villain in The Dark Knight Rises, made his first appearance in the comic book series Knightfall. Not only is this an alliteration of Skyfall, in this comic book Bane also broke Batman’s mind and his back. Is Bond awaiting a similar fate? This teaser surely leaves open the possibility….