This weekend, James Bond once again comes to life. In the silver screen production of Skyfall, Daniel Craig continues his reign as the debonair but deadly British spy.
Before you walk into the movie theater, here are five things you need to know. (Don't worry, the list is revealing, but you're not in any "spoiler" danger.)
As the franchise has unfolded, one thing has always remained true: Bond has a classic and sharp fashion sense. In Skyfall, Tom Ford is responsible for the spy's crisp white shirts and tailored suits—critical components of Bond's persona. Would he still strike fear in the hearts of evildoers if he wore beach bum attire? We doubt it. His classic attire has consistently infused his victims with envy. (In addition to his classic attire, guess what new gadget Bond carries in his pocket?)
Q, head of the research and development division of the British Secret Service, returns to the series after a ten-year disappearing act. Played by 31-year-old Ben Whishaw, the new Q is younger than before, and unlike his predecessors, his creations are subtle and half believable. What he lacks in outlandish creativity, he more than makes up for in computer hacking skills.
Skyfall features not one, but two Bond girls: French actress Berenice Marlohe as the mysterious Sévérine, and British star Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, the field agent who later trades in her gun to become M's assistant. Rumor has it there's a pretty steamy shower scene you won't want to miss.
That may seem like a given, but the body count in this movie is very high and often referenced. We already know that when Bond's around, people are sure to die; but before now, the nature of a Bond-less world hasn't really been brought to the forefront. That changes in this movie. People die throughout, some at the hands of our hero and others at the hand of arguably the most intriguing villain Bond has ever encountered.
The antagonist in this movie isn't some insane caricature with a half baked plan for world domination. He's a former Agent 007 with a connection to Bond and a well developed, albeit evil, plan. Fans aren't given a reason to sympathize with him, but actor Javier Bardem play the role so well that you might catch yourself silently cheering whenever this villain hits the screen.
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