IMAX screened a brand new SKYFALL trailer at Comic-Con and Quint says it promises a kick-ass James Bond flick!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I almost deleted the invite to the IMAX party when I got it. Not because I don’t like the IMAX folks or hate it as a format, but because my Comic-Con is always so full that I have little time for parties, even the fancy ones.
Thankfully I looked a little more closely at the invite, past the excited announcement of a mash-up of IMAX scenes scored by famous DJ Glenn Morrison, and saw at the very bottom, almost hidden, the mention that “Oh, yeah… we’ll also show you something from Skyfall.”
After the spit take and the Tex Avery eyes I hurriedly RSVP’d and that’s how I ended up taking a bus to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center tonight and watched the brand spankin’ new exclusive to IMAX trailer for the new James Bond film Skyfall.
Before we get to that, I must comment on how fucking crazy it is to watch IMAX material on a planetarium dome. You essentially lay back and stare straight up. Now, the curvature of the domed screen made straight lines really wonky, but I think the future of IMAX might be some middle ground between the straight ahead giant screen and the leaning back, looking up with nothing obstructing your field of vision fuck-you big screen.
The IMAX Remix, as they called the event, was actually pretty far out. They mixed up IMAX scenes from their documentaries (ocean, space, American landscapes, etc) with movie sequences, like the tower scene from M:I4, the forest fight from Transformers 2, some bits from Trek and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Being a total music illiterate I couldn’t tell you the jams he was pumping (that’s what the kids say these days, right?), but it was a lot of fun.
After his set we were introduced to the Bond trailer and let me say this… they’ve finally realized they need to sell this as a James Bond movie. I mean, I liked what I’ve seen before. Sam Mendes’ character work was never in question, it was the crazy-ass James Bond stunts and action that was the mystery.
This trailer is almost defensive in its “Oh, you want some action? I’ll give you some action! You’re going to have more action than you know what to do with!” It’s barely even a slow build. We see Bond moving through a dark hallway, gun up and at the ready… he finds what looks like a dead body and an empty container, which voiceover tells is a harddrive with the identity of every single government agent undercover in terrorist groups. It’s bad for M and I guess Bond has to go put the hurt on some fools because from here on out it was just fight after fight, shooting after shooting and stunt after stunt.
The highlight of the stunts was Bond catching a train… BY FLINGING HIS BODY ONTO THE ROOF! He’s driving a motorcycle and sees an opportunity to rev up and launch himself off a bridge onto the top of a moving train. Typical action heroes would, you know, keep their motorcycle… but not Mr. Bond! Ol’ show off Jimmy here hits the cement barrier, which launches his body at enough force to land somewhat in time with the movement of the train. It’s not a graceful landing, but (spoiler) he makes it.
There were a few more Bond trailer moments (he gets his “Bond, James Bond” line of course), but other than the crazy action (did I mention a shot where he calmly jumps down into one of the train compartments just as everything behind him is torn away violently? No? That happens, too) there’s a great back and forth between Daniel Craig and Ben Whishaw, the new Q.
Whishaw and Bond are sitting next to each other. Whishaw is young, nerdy and Bond doesn’t seem to think much of him.
”I’m your new quartermaster.” “You must be joking.” “I’ll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop, sitting in my pajamas, than you can do in a year in the field.” “So, why do you need me?” “Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled.” “Or not pulled. It’s hard to know which… in your pajamas… Q.”
They are obviously setting up this new Q in more of a Simon Pegg/Mission: Impossible way, but it seems to work. That above back and forth between Bond and Q had just the right amount of braggery and playfulness.
Been a big fan of Whishaw’s for a while. I first registered him in Layer Cake and then I absolutely loved him in what I believe is one of the most underrated, underseen films of the aughts: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Other bits that jump to mind are the heavy Asian influence, Bond against neon dragon signs, etc, and this exchange between M and somebody else:
”Where’s Bond?” M: “He’s somewhere in the South China Sea.” “That’s it?” M: “When you’ve worked with Bond as long as I have you realize that ‘Somewhere in the South China Sea’ is precise intelligence.”
All in all it did what a trailer is supposed to do, especially a James Bond trailer. It might as well have been done by the Bond Trailer rulebook because damn if it didn’t sell the epic adventure, the cool spy angle, the giant set pieces and the charming banter that all combine to make James Bond… well, James Bond.
Word is this trailer is hitting IMAX screens in “a couple of weeks” which would lead me to believe it’ll be attached to The Dark Knight Rises.
Alright, back to the grindstone. Big day tomorrow and a couple more panels to catch up with before I sleep.
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July 13, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST
So they're possibly inserting the SKYFALL trailer before TDKR's IMAX showings. Obviously, they're doing this because DARK KNIGHT used spy-tech during Lau's retrieval from Hong Kong, from Operation Skyhook. I mean, it's so obvious...right? Skyhook? Skyfall? --Where'd I put my meds?
July 13, 2012, 4 a.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 4 a.m. CST
Because I found my meds. Right under the front left bedpost, where I dropped them last night.
July 13, 2012, 4:06 a.m. CST
It does feel very much like the others in terms of photography and tone. I put a little excited emphasis on the batshit crazy motorcycle stunt, but it's nowhere near a Brosnan Bond film in terms of goofy shit.
July 13, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 4:21 a.m. CST
Love that chinese casino type building in the middle of the circular volcano/atoll... Very very classic Ken Adam Bond set design..
quote:: Bond against neon dragon signs :: unquote What does he have against them? They seem harmless to me. :-) quote::You essentially lay back and stare straight up. :: unquote No, you essentially LIE back.
July 13, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST
Shit will be lost.
July 13, 2012, 4:38 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
Just the prospect of Mendes in this rebooted universe of Bond has me excited, everything they release just keeps looking better and better. That said, another spy flick about the undercover agents being compromised? On another note, while I had enjoyed feature films on IMAX before, seeing Order of the Phoenix in IMAX was what really sold me on loving it (before Dark Knight came the next year and really knocked it out of the park). The ending wizard fight in IMAX was epic, I enjoyed the Harry Potter series as a whole, but for me that was the high point that the series never matched again.
July 13, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST
The Dark Knight Rises IMAX prints are going to take up almost the entire size of the giant IMAX platters for those theatres showing the 70mm version. There will be virtually no room to run a bunch of trailers. I can tell you for 100 percent certainty that a lot of film based locations will have no trailers on their IMAX TDKR print. So only expect these trailers on the digital IMAX and also, get to the theatre early if your seeing the 70mm version. So many people will show up late for TDKR thinking there will be previews and are going to miss 15 min of the actual film. I really want to see the Man of Steel and Skyfall trailers, so this sucks.
July 13, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST
with his motorcycle... then he collapses in time with a train below him... I guess you had to be there.
July 13, 2012, 6:57 a.m. CST
don't try to make sense of it, just make sure it's entertaining
July 13, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST
by The Kusabi
I bet it won't be attached anywhere that isn't the USA mind.
July 13, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST
Those other Bonds were Nancies! Pierce and Roger! Ha. They probably sharing a milkshake with one straw in some booth sitting side by side Hemingway’s Foyer – Your Last Place To Be A Man www.hemingwaysfoyer.com
July 13, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST
That should be the tagline on the poster just for the lulz
July 13, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST
I just hope they stick to the spotlight on one nation theme that ALL the Bond films have had. And it would be cool if they could throw in the right-hand bad guy that the first 2 Craig Bonds were missing...other than that sounds awesome.
July 13, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST
Dr. No: Jamaica FRWL: Turkey Goldfinger: Horse Country, Kentucky, USA Thunderball: The Bahamas YOLT: Japan OHMSS: Switzerland DAF: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA LALD: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA TMWTGG: Hong Kong TSWLM: Egypt Moonraker: Brazil (and Outer Space) FYEO: Greece NSNA: Morocco Octopussy: India AVTAK: Silcon Valley, California, USA TLD: East Germany and Afghanistan LTK: Miami, Florida, USA (and Columbia) Goldeneye: Russia TND: China TWINE: Azerbaijan DAD: Iceland (and North Korea) CR: Montenegro QOS: Bolivia Skyfall: ???
July 13, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
July 13, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST
by MISTER RUMBLES
That was more realistic.
July 13, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST
please dont hurt me
July 13, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
There hasn't been a world-record breaking stunt since Goldeneye, if my memory is correct.
July 13, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST
by jimmy rabbitte
The type of screen you were describing sounds very close to the Omni-Max screen at the Boston Museum of Science (as well as several other such museums around the country). It's curve encompasses your field of vision but it is not a full dome. The effect is extremely immersive, perhaps even more so than 3D film. Granted the images don't pop out at you; but your eyes are tricked into believing you are actually in flight, or on a precipitous edge, or speeding down a highway. The Omni-Max screen blows IMAX out of the water. Now if they could just make the jump from oddity to mainstream.
July 13, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST
by Kyle DeMattio
Then next year is gonna be a Real Fucking Blast for me.
July 13, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST
royston lodge ... Casino Royale had a world record setting stunt ... with the Auston Martin roll over ... 8 times if I remember correctly!
July 13, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST
Even if it sucks it would still be an interesting experiment. And I have faith that Quentin could tap into the cool 60s vibe of the original Connery flix, at the very least.
July 13, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST
Casino Royale (2006). The script called for Bond to roll the car over which was achieved with a compressed gas cannon. Stuntman Adam Kirley flipped the car at 75mph at the Millbrook test facility in Bedfordshire and secured a world record for the most roll overs: seven in total. CREATED BY: Mike Renaut, MSN UK Cars
July 13, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST
There was a list with all the under cover operatives... blah blah gfy
July 13, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST
Oh, so it's the return of the James Bond explosion show. Isn't that why you rebooted this franchise in the first place. To, you know, make it a little more cerebral?
July 13, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
The NOC list.
July 13, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST
You know it. I know it. Rachel Weisz knows it.
July 13, 2012, 1 p.m. CST
most of the action described in this trailer seems to be from the pre-title sequence. so plenty of room for cerebral content ... no worries!
July 13, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
July 13, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST
Rumors are that WB/Legendary event to show trailers etc; from Pacific Rim/Hobbit/MoS will be highlighted by the hijacking of the halls soundsystem for a very famous monster roar to announce surpirse Godzilla news!!
Hope it's true & i hope we get some test footage or production art. With all these tie in movies being announced i wonder if Godzilla will tie in with Pacific Rim somehow?
July 13, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST
by Angry Mike
July 13, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST
Stuntmen are awesome!
July 13, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST
by peter skellen
Er, no thanks. I'll wait for a Bond actor who doesn't look like Derek Deadman.
July 13, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST
@dieanotherday - I certainly hope so. I love action, but I prefer the brutal, close-quarter, hand-to-hand stuff from CR. Opposed to the bigger action-sequences from QOS.
July 13, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST
What's funny is, I actually think it's highly possible Bond will be Nolan's next project. Probably not a remake, though.
July 13, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST
he's why anyone still cares about Bond. I can't wait for some more HOBBIT NEWS... nothing against all this news on the Lone Ranger, Bond and Oz movies... well no actually fuck all those movies, I really don't care about them HOBBIT Pacific Rim also... & the District 9 followup...
July 13, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST
by peter skellen
I think the Bond series would still be around without Daniel Craig. Let's not be silly.
July 13, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST
I mean at least he would be recognize, funny, and probably curse Bond out...on certain things!
July 13, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST
it just wouldn't matter. I feel his performance and persona are the key to Bond movies being taken semi-seriously again
July 13, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I hope so!
July 13, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST
by daniel parker
Bring back XXX! That's a real super spy for the millennium, not this recycled crap.
July 13, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST
The 15/70 locations will probably not have any 15/70 film trailers on them.
July 13, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE SITE? I CAN'T GO DIRECTLY TO AINTITCOOLNEWS.COM. I ALWAYS HAVE TO COME IN THROUGH AN OLD STORY AND BACKTRACK TO THE HOME PAGE
COULD SOMEONE PLEASE FIX WHATEVER THIS NEW GLITCH IS ON THE PAGE? I GET THE SAME NON-RESULTS ON A PHONE AND ON A LAPTOP.
July 13, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST
It's just http://www.aintitcool.com now.
July 14, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST
by I Hope You Die
Not like the weaselly, snivelling Simon Pegg who wants to grow up to be Tom Cruise. I can buy the dynamic that a modern Q would think Bond's methods are outdated. (With drones they don't even need him to pull the trigger nowadays.) Just make sure he never, ever leaves his lab.
July 14, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
What's not to like about that one?
July 14, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST
Quint, you neglected to mention a potential deal breaker for me (and, I'm pretty sure, many others): DO THEY USE THE THEME?
July 14, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST
But Whishaw is a fair "if wet". Should be good. Don't suppose they're getting John Cleese to cameo in a handover? That would be awesome.
July 14, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST
Title song? Artist?
July 14, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST
by Adelai Niska
They'll just digitally project a smaller "regular size" trailer before they fire up the imax film projector. It's actually funny to see that tiny rectangle of light on the giant IMAX screen.
July 15, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST
very special. bardem as a villian. i love craig as bond and the gritty style of the last three.
July 15, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST
July 15, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST
Oh yeah, for the movie too.
July 16, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST
by Nils Helstrom
So is it full of shaky cam and hyper editing like Quantum of Solace?
July 17, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST
by Obi Wanna Cannoli
God that period was the worst for Bond. Made Brosnan's later movies seem like masterpieces.
July 17, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST
I don't see the point of IMAX if you're originating in an inferior format. It's like seeing a 35mm blown up to 70mm, something too many folks have been suckered by for decades (ever see ST-TUC in 70mm? A Super35 movie that has the extra generation of grain BEFORE you do the 35/70 blowup -- it was like 2 hours of film grain, and not in a good way. Only reason I know is that the Century theaters in San Jose accidentally switched the 70 and 35 prints, so I got stuck watching the theater with the abyssmal one.) I so can't wait for the Craig era to end. He looks about as much like Bond as Jack Palance ... or Taylor Negron.
July 17, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST
It's Kleinman again on titles, the guy who has done all of the films from GE onward except for QoS.
July 18, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST
My friend Jerry Pournelle went to college with your namesake, and has spoken a bit of their very friendly relationship. A lot of respect there.
July 18, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST
Wow, Hipshot ... I liked a lot of Pournelle's SF work, but now have a reason to be even more envious.
Writes with Larry Niven and goes to school with Rod Whitaker ... impressive! On the topic of Q ... did anybody else ever think that the guy from the Dyson vacuum cleaner commercials should be Q? (don't mind me, I still think the Canadian agent from the end of QoS who avoids utter disaster thanks to Bond should have become Moneypenny, even if she is now a staple on CASTLE.)
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