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Pensive in London

So did a lot of people shout something or other at the TV last week when Sherlock Season 3, Episode One “The Empty Hearse” aired? I sure did. Because this scene

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Even Elizabeth Tower could be seen if it weren’t for my blown out phone-pic-of-TV.

was pretty much ripped off of this scene in SKYFALL. 

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I realize I must admit, could easily be modeled after five other reflective rooftop scenes in British cinema and TV. But still! This blatant staging was too soon for this wannabe Anglophile.

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New SKYFALL international trailer

Ladies and Gents-

The newest SKYFALL trailer is live.

This IS going to be a Bond movie. It just feels like a Bond movie. My faith in humanity is restored.

So good to see some action with Ben Wishaw and Javier Bardem. And Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris. And to see James goes for some old fashioned shower sex and womanizing. Fabulous.
86 days! [visit 007.com for an up-to-the-minute countdown, and all the other goodies]

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well fuck me

Now I’m only fairly (not completely) certain I’m going to hate SKYFALL. 

God.

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Skyfall

Here’s the deal: Since I petitioned for Talulah Riley to be Bond Girl 23 and gasped about the villain queries, a lot has happened. EON went bankrupt/up for sale, and the 23rd film was practically killed and then brought back to life. Pins and needles, folks.

Last week, they had the official press conference to kickoff filming.

A portion of the cast gathered for the Skyfall press conference

Now, I am a vocal Craig hater, so I hate to admit this, but I am SO FUCKING STOKED for the next Bond film “Skyfall.” Here’s why:

  • Judi Dench is back as M
  • Javier Bardem is the confirmed villain
  • Ralph Fiennes is a confirmed actor, rumored villain
  • Naomie Harris (Calypso in the POTC trilogy) is a Bond ally
  • “Skyfall” is NOT a continuation of the “Casino Royale” – “Quantum of Solace” duo
  • Sam Mendes is an Academy Award winning director (this is a first for Bond)
  • French actress Berenice Marlohe is the Bond Girl (and wonderfully reminiscent of Sophie Marceau as Elektra King)
  • Conflicting rumors say this film is “action packed” and “action lacked” meaning it should finally have the right amount of action
  • Adele is rumored to be a contender for the theme song

After all the mishaps and injuries during production of “Quantum of Solace,” it will be interesting to see if the ghosts of Bonds past accept “Skyfall” and let the actors and crews film with ease (it is fully my belief they were trying to prevent that travesty from ever reaching the screen). Release is set for November 2012. Don’t let me down.

 

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Bond Girl 23

With the release of Bond 23 set for November 9, 2012, it’s officially time to keep a close eye on the web for juicy info. Although I generally despise Craig’s Bond, I need this film to play tiebreaker in my kind-of-like vs hate debate.

There’s plenty of gossip already, but what we know is that Sam Mendes is director, Judi Dench is M, and Craig is Bond. What I want to know, though, is who will be Bond Girl.

I’ve crossed a few sources who say Craig’s girlfriend, Rachel Weisz, is on the shortlist. This is most unfortunate news for many reasons–like she’s too old. However, other reports suggest she will be the head of the ubiquitous crime syndicate in Craig’s first two films. This I like. And it keeps Bond Girl 23 open.

Let me introduce my candidate. She’s sexy. She’s 25. She’s British. She’s relatively unknown. She’s coy. She’s killer as both a blonde and brunette.

Talulah Riley

 

Talulah Riley. Click the photo for more images from her UK Esquire shoot.

 

May the Bond gods hear my plea. She’s fucking fantastic.
[And the fucking has really been lacking in the last two movies.]

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Best of Bond: Actors and Films

BEST BOND ACTORS

1. Sean Connery
2. Pierce Brosnan
3. Roger Moore
4. Timothy Dalton
5. George Lazenby
6. Daniel Craig

Connery as Bond in "From Russia With Love"

Sean and Pierce are both sexy. They exhibit the perfect balance between physical badass and charming yet sly sophisticate. Roger is no physical beast, but still the heartbreaker (in the films. Personally I do not find him attractive). And he delivers puns and innuendos in a distinct way. Timmy is neither sexy nor badass, but he plays the charmer well enough. I hate Daniel, and George is so-so. At least George plays a character-steady Bond. Daniel’s Bond sucks. Why? He doesn’t sleep with every female, he gets attached, he drinks martinis that are stirred, he fights too much and isn’t suave enough, his head is too small for his shoulders, and he doesn’t respect M. Plus his movies do not include Q or MoneyPenny.

BEST BOND FILMS

1. You Only Live Twice (1967, Connery)
2. Diamonds Are Forever (1971, Connery)
3. Goldfinger (1964, Connery)
4. Die Another Day (2002, Brosnan)
5. Licence To Kill (1989, Dalton)
6. Octopussy (1983, Moore)

"You Only Live Twice" 1967

YOLT is actually kind of terrible. It’s racist, jumpy, and the graphics are so bad. But I love it for those reasons, too, along with: Little Nelly, Q, James’ death opener, Blofeld and his strangely unattractive minions, man-eating piranhas, Bond’s accomplices, and a theme song later riffed by Robbie Williams in 1999.

DAF is set in Vegas and includes a hotel tub that doubles as an aquarium, Tiffany Case, a theme song retouched by Kayne, two awkward as hell gay bad guys, a girl named Plenty O’Toole, and the line “That’s quite a nice little nothing you’re almost wearing.” The opening with the theme song is the epitome of Bond openings: nudity and a relevant song.

G is classic Bond. It has many sexy women, female pilots who are later parodied as Femmebots in Austin Powers, a great song that’s rather annoying but actually fits the film, one of the most well-known Bond Girls (Pussy Galore), and of course, Oddjob.

DAD was the first new Bond I saw when I really started getting into it. The opening scene is captivating, the topic is timely, and it has Halle Berry, a fabulous car, an ice palace, and quintessential Bond ending with innuendos and sex.

LTK just recently climbed my top six mainly due to an abundance of Q, cocaine, Wayne Newton, an awesome drug ring cover story, sexy Lupe, and a rogue Bond who infiltrates the bad guys.

O oozes with badass women, which basically sums up what I love about it (admittedly, less about Bond than my feelings for other movies). Add to that Russian conspiracy, exotic India, a circus, and jewel smuggling.

Worst Bond Films: Quantum of Solace (2008) and Never Say Never Again (1983). They actively discredit the Bond franchise.

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