Bond Chilling Poolside: First Official Image from 'Skyfall'

Friday, 13 January 2012 11:21 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Bond Chilling Poolside: First Official Image from 'Skyfall'

The very first official still from Skyfall, the twenty-third theatrical adventure of spy and sex-machine Bond, James Bond, has arrived online.  As played by Daniel Craig, the iconic character created by Ian Fleming is a man of many talents, including, but certainly not limited to: shooting, running, jumping, punching, chasing people or objects, charming beautiful women, and, crucially, swimming.

The first Skyfall image features Craig hanging out poolside at the Four Seasons in London.  And that's about it.  A nicely-lit, good looking image, no doubt, but hardly one that promises big action or high stakes drama.  Instead, the principal selling point here looks to be the in-shape Craig, whose nearly visible buttcrack provides plenty of drama, putting the viewer right on the edge of their seat.

As you might expect, given Bond's nationality, this image premiered over on the other side of the pond at Empire, and our hats have been duly doffed in their British direction.

Note the fancy watch on Bond's left wrist.  Skyfall will, in fact, set an all-time record for product placement, so you'll probably be seeing that watch in many an advertisement later this year.

For Craig's third time as the world's most famous spy, Oscar-winning American Beauty and Jarhead director Sam Mendes is giving the franchise a nice prestige sheen.  There will doubtless be no shortage of action, but a director of Mendes's pedigree suggests that Skyfall will deviate a bit from certain formulaic elements and perhaps pack in a bit more character work.  Earlier this week, frequent Mendes collaborator Thomas Newman officially joined the film as composer.

Craig faces off against Javier Bardem as the villain, and the rest of the cast includes Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, and Albert Finney.  They'll all be present and accounted for when Skyfall arrives in American theaters on November 9th.

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