James Bond 007: Skyfall

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I've just seen the trailer for Skyfall, and I have to say it looks pretty special:

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One question (well, two) though - am I seeing things, or is that a 1995 Stock train collapsing through a wall somewhere? Does anyone know anything about this scene at all? I must commend the realism of the unit regardless :)
 
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Looking forward to the new Bond as I always enjoy them.

Whatever happened to Bonds preference for Turkish Cigarettes :p
 

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One question (well, two) though - am I seeing things, or is that a 1995 Stock train collapsing through a wall somewhere? Does anyone know anything about this scene at all? I must commend the realism of the unit regardless :)
95 or 96 stock. Externally they're very similar, but it would seem to be one of those two for sure. Can't tell from dot matrix board, as it looks to say 'Not in Service' on the front.
 

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I gotta admit, I didn't like it.

These most recent Bond films with Craig havn't been as good. Rubish story lines.

My favorite Bond films were the ones with Brosnin, Die Another Day is probably my favorite. Followed by Goldeneye.
 

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GoldenEye was the first I saw - and is still the best I've seen.

It also had the best video game accompaniment :p

YES - I AM INVINCIBLE!!!!!
 

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Die Another Day??!? The one with the stupid invisible car, poor CGI and equally poor storyline?
Plus Hallie Berry when she was hot, and Rosamund Pike :p

GoldenEye was the first I saw - and is still the best I've seen.

It also had the best video game accompaniment :p

YES - I AM INVINCIBLE!!!!!
Haha yeah, GoldenEye was great.

Great story line, loads of action and a class20 in disguise!
 

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I gotta admit, I didn't like it.

These most recent Bond films with Craig havn't been as good. Rubish story lines.

My favorite Bond films were the ones with Brosnin, Die Another Day is probably my favorite. Followed by Goldeneye.
GoldenEye was the first I saw - and is still the best I've seen.

It also had the best video game accompaniment :p

YES - I AM INVINCIBLE!!!!!
Brosnan was good and I think that Tomorrow Never Dies was his best outing as Bond (maybe because it had an entirely naval theme).

but I think that Sean Connery or Roger Moore did the best jobs as bond, Thunderball being one of my favorites because of the Vulcan, and also Goldfinger (First outing for the Aston martin DB5), both of them being Connery, but i also have a soft spot for The Spy Who Loved me (Moore) but that my be more to do with the Lotus Espirt rather than Moores portrayal of 007 even though he did make him "ever so suave".

In my opinion the new films are good for action, but I just can't get on with Daniel Craig as 007 somehow for me he doesn't seem right for the role.
 

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Well, of the recent films, Brosnan and Craig, I have to say Casino Royale was my favourite. Having the beautiful Eva Green in it helped as well. ;) And for once a 'Bond girl' was given a central role in the plot development. Quantum of Solace bored me a little, although further character back stories, as started in Casino Royale, helped drive the plot along. One hopes more of Bond and M's back stories will be revealed in Skyfall. Bond can be so much more than just cartoonish villains, OTT gadgets and arm candy. Daniel Craig is however showing signs that he could be as good a Bond as Connery.

Not much of a fan of the Brosnan films, he was too smooth and there was little of the cold, hard emotionlessness of the Bond as written by Fleming. Something we are seeing with Craig's portrayal. For some reason, with Brosnan, I get the impression I'm watching Tony Blair play Bond. And that invisible car was just silly.

From the Roger Moore era, there's little better than his first outing in Live and Let Die, although I do like A View To A Kill simply for Christopher Walken's excellent villain, Max Zorin. Overall though the Roger Moore era can be characterised by big production values at the expense of plot and character development. Oh, and too much of the innuendo type humour.

As for Connery, still not bested and still the closest characterisation to that as written by Fleming. Which is understandable as Fleming had a hand in casting Connery and also oversaw the scripts for the first three films. My favourite Connery film is Goldfinger, probably the most faithfully accurate Bond film, character wise, when compared to the book on which it was based. Although the glaring plot hole in the book (regarding how Auric Goldfinger would actually get all the gold out of Fort Knox) was fixed in the film by having AG plan to irradiate the gold in Fort Knox rather than steal it, thus massively increasing the value of his own gold.

As for Lazenby, well, missed opportunity perhaps for him. Being given a seven film contract but walking away after just one. Who knows how he would've developed as a Bond if he hadn't taken the poor advice of his agent and walked away after OHMSS.

Finally Dalton. To my mind he just didn't fit the role and seemed ill at ease with the character. A merely adequate portrayal in The Living Daylights saved somewhat by one of the better stories and scripts, with proper espionage and some hints at Bond's dark side. However, in Licence to Kill he telephones in his performance and the story, whilst different for a Bond film, was perhaps too different. LtK is far too violent as well.
 
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I once tried writing a script from Casino Royale to kill Bond off. I reckon he's had his day. He was a product of WWII extended into the Cold War. Ian Fleming was a decent sort of writer, but things went a bit wrong later on (his version of The Man With the Golden Gun is terrible). Having watched things such as Spooks, which has much more of a sense of the time when it is set, then you can understand what I mean.

I won't watch the new one, not until it hits the television anyway.
 
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