With Skyfall, Sam Mendes proved emphatically that he can deliver a slick, big budget franchise picture that satisfies both fans and outsiders alike. Having delivered the biggest entry in the fifty year-old James Bond franchise with the twenty-third official entry, though, Mendes has opted not to return for Bond 24.
Prior to the release of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Sony Pictures was looking quite bullish about a trilogy of films based on the bestselling Millennium Trilogy by the late the late Swedish novelist and journalist Stieg Larsson. Director David Fincher's adaptation of the first book dropped well over a year ago and progress on the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, has been slower than anticipated.
So what gives?
The latest adventure of James Bond certainly did its part to keep Ian Fleming's superspy alive. Skyfall is probably still playing at a theater relatively near you, still adding to its $1 billion global haul and gaining more accolades from moviegoers blinding by the slickness of Roger Deakins' gorgeous cinematography.
The exceedingly pretty pictures of Skyfall will be legally available to play on smaller screens this February.
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Well, here's something you don't see too often. Five weekends since its wide release, Skyfall has reclaimed the number one spot at the domestic box office after spending three consecutive weeks in the commercial shadow of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
The weekend following the extended Thanksgiving break is never really gangbusters at multiplexes, but this year, it managed to exceed the corresponding frame last year by a solid 42%. That upswing is attributable pretty much exclusively to holdovers, as the box office estimates show a top ten that looks very much like last weekend's, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part, Skyfall, and Lincoln in first, second, and third place, respectively.
America, stuffed with turkey and satiated by a day of unbridled, frenzied shopping, apparently had time to get to the movies, as the five-day Thanksgiving window this year set an all-time record thanks largely to a very busy weekend.
The opening title sequence for Skyfall, the twenty-third cinematic adventure of James Bond, has arrived online to view free of charge and without those pesky titles and credits.
Yes, Skyfall is a leaf on the wind, and many a headline this morning attests to the fact that the film is indeed soaring commercially. Daniel Craig's third outing as Ian Fleming's unstoppable British spy was the only new wide release this weekend, and it predictably dominated the box office ins its first domestic frame.
Opening in U.S. theaters on November 9th is the 23rd film in the James Bond series entitled Skyfall, which was directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty). The movie stars Daniel Craig (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace) in his third appearance as 007, along with an excellent cast that includes Academy Award-winner Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), newcomer Berenice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas), Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Albert Finney (The Bourne Legacy), and Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) as the film's villain.
IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had the rare pleasure of sitting down with Bond Girls Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe to talk about their work on Skfall. The two beautiful actresses discussed the new movie, what it means to them to be a Bond Girl, the film's one true Bond Girl ... Judi Dench, the 50th anniversary of the franchise, Harris' character's working relationship with James Bond, witnessing Daniel Craig portray the iconic role, the Bond actor that Harris grew up watching, Marlohe's experience working with Bond villain Javier Bardem, and why fans of the classic Bond movies will especially love Skyfall.