For the first time in a while, my inability to sleep at an acceptable hour has finally paid off (for the record, I work a night job. Won’t say where though).
The teaser trailer for Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, was just released online earlier today during the wee hours in the U.S. (I assume it should be mid-morning in the U.K. but I’m too lazy to actually figure the time over there).
And how does it look? Astonishingly beautiful.
All hail Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig and Roger Deakins.
Check out the trailer after the jump and find out why I’m gushing like a school girl.
There’s such an ominous tone throughout this trailer. It seems like we’re looking at a Bond (once again, played by the magnificent Daniel Craig) who may or may not be recovering from the emotional trauma he dealt with in his previous outings, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
And even if he’s not healing from those earlier shocks, it almost looks more than certain that he’ll be left scarred by the events teased in this trailer including what looks to be a terrorist attack in the middle of London that may or may not involve the subway system. Though to be perfectly honest, there’s nary a plot detail to pick up on in this trailer.
And no trace of Javier Bardem or Ralph Fiennes who should both be figuring heavily into the proceedings.
It seems that director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jar Head, Away We Go) will be more than capable of handling the action elements of the film. And christ, Director of Photography Roger Deakins’ work is gorgeous. There is a shot of Bond with M (Judi Dench) standing in the middle of the Scottish Highlands that should be coveted by any self-respecting DP.
That said, it seems that the ramifications of Bond’s actions and the peril he faces will be far more significant than perhaps in any other film from that franchise.
Here’s a basic plot summary:
Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
I am officially excited.
Skyfall has a release date set for November 9, 2012 in the U.S. Those lucky Brits will get to catch it a week earlier.