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Daniel Craig: 'Skyfall' Sets UK Seven-Day Box Office Record!

Daniel Craig: 'Skyfall' Sets UK Seven-Day Box Office Record!

Daniel Craig heads out of his home in sweats to make his way to a workout session on Thursday (November 1) in London, England.

The 44-year-old actor’s new James Bond film Skyfall was released in the UK last week and has been breaking records left and right.

The film just took the seven-day box office record in the country, bringing in a total of $60 million in its first week of release and topping previous record holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2‘s $57.6 million.

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72 Responses to “Daniel Craig: 'Skyfall' Sets UK Seven-Day Box Office Record!”

  1. 1
    Launa Says:

    Congrats! You nailed it! Awed by your guts!

  2. 2
    Ana Says:

    Daniel is just amazingg<3

  3. 3
    Helen Says:

    Congratulations!! You’ve made it!!

  4. 4
    Kim Says:

    I knew that it was going to be a success! Congrats, Daniel.

  5. 5
    Kelly Says:

    beat Harry Potter? wow, sounds great, seemed as hard as Sisyphus’ had been! good for him!

  6. 6
    Sam Says:

    Good job! :D

  7. 7
    Nate Says:

    It is no wonder that he should succeed. Skyfall was awesome!

  8. 8
    AllForUSophia Says:

    Amazing film, amazing man! Watching it a 3rd time next week! :)

  9. 9
    Erica Says:

    I’m so happy to hear the news. The outstanding film is a huge hit at the box office. Shame, it is not so always. Congratulations on your great success.

  10. 10
    Guinness Says:

    Truthfully, not lying here.
    THIS IS MY FAVORITE outfit of his–of course, if he just has to wear clothes (poke in the ribs to you Mendel). I could care less about all those stupid Tom F’s he wears–the tuxes, the white and matching-his-eyes-blue shirts, the silver, shiney pants that accentuate his sea cucumeber–jeevus I can’t type, and not even the blue speedo skimpy things, well…….on second and third thought…..
    Absolutely fukingfantasticallyorgasmic are those “sweats”. And, ah, I had those NIKE’s in the 1980′s, however, we all know how hip and fashionally conscious Dan is, so all the posh Brits got to be wearing them, eh, Mendel? eh? hoodies were called sweatshirts with a hood, and he wears it soooo freeking well.
    so, there is no frontal shot of him sin theis pants? crap. i love that he is getting into a landrover too. He can be a rover all over me. wheww…

    THANKYOU for posting and wearing your comfy outfit I love dan.

    oh, yeah, congrats, you knew you could do it, you got people to believe you could do it, you worked out 4 hours a day, you succumbed to pain and surgeries for the role, you traveled and still travel to obscure places that put your blood vessels in jeopardy, not to mention allergy issues??, and missing your family. all for this–to win. and you did.

    an inspiration. so much for keeping more private. good luck with that AGAIN.

  11. 11
    Sylvie Says:

    Skyfall is an amazing movie even if Casino Royale is still my favourite.

  12. 12
    Chad Says:

    Very impressive. Indeed..

  13. 13
    Sunshine Daydream Says:

    So happy to read this wonderful news. Well done everybody! Thank you for giving us something entertaining to go and see. Daniel, you never disappoint.

  14. 14
    Thierry Says:

    OMFG I am very happy for SKYFALL! Daniel has worked hard for this success. Way to go!

  15. 15
    Maria Says:

    Wishing Skyfall creates a great sensation in US, too!!

  16. 16
    Mike Says:

    Yeeeeeeesss!!!!!!!!! Really makes me so proud to be a Bond fan! I knew you’d come through!

  17. 17
    Jen Says:

    WOW AWESOME!! It ran more smoothly than I expected. For all his efforts, he is paid well enough. Good for him.

  18. 18
    Mike Says:

    Skyfall: Apparently the Vatican Loves the New James Bond Film

  19. 19
    OMG Says:
    Daniel’s amazingly nice a*s and and great thighs!! Funny, because he needs to pull his socks up though.

  20. 20
    jaine Says:

    God knows why, an apalling dirge of a fiml. Pointless Bond girls just there for the sex and no other reason, slow plot build up, and embarassing pointless inclusion of poetry. As for the traincrash, where were the passengers at rush hour in London. Don’t believe the hype!!!

  21. 21
    mary Says:

    to Jaine

    Thank you for your opinion. next time it would be nice if you warned other readers of spoilers, even if they’re minor. After all, some here in North America have not seen the film yet.

  22. 22
    mary Says:

    I’m happy that the film is breaking records in Great Britain. But some of those who went to the film were successful in recording Skyfall. According to my friends, down loaded copies started showing up here in North America on October 31.

  23. 23
    OMG Says:

    @jaine: LOL. You are shallow.. You never have seen the movie, only the trailer!

  24. 24
    Sophie Says:

    I wish I was Rachel Weisz, Daniel is too AMAAAAZING!! LIFE IS SO UNFAIR

  25. 25
    Lynn Says:

    Wowser- Skyfall is absolutely incredible. It was completely blown away, Sam Mendes has done an outstanding job! Daniel nailed it again, made 007 his own in this very British Bond. Very very smart all the way through. Must see again!

  26. 26
    Elle Says:

    Skyfall: Apparently the Vatican Loves the New James Bond Film
    I am filled with deep emotion at the fact. You remember Christian groups were boycotting ‘The Golden Compass’? Saying ‘Skyfall’ is “more human, capable of being moved and of crying: in a word, more real.” Wow!

  27. 27
    Rachel Girl Says:

    Rachel and Daniel are such a beautiful couple inside and out and I enjoyed getting to know them!

  28. 28
    Mendel Says:

    Excellent! What a great film – I’m glad it is breaking records!

    Hi Guinness

    “THIS IS MY FAVORITE outfit of his–of course, if he just has to wear clothes (poke in the ribs to you Mendel)”

    Hahahaha, you know I prefer his birthday suit *grin*

    “so, there is no frontal shot of him sin theis pants? crap”

    Yes, that’s really unfortunate… ;)

    “you got people to believe you could do it, you worked out 4 hours a day, you succumbed to pain and surgeries for the role”

    Yes, great determination, and stiff upper lip (yes, stiff, Guinness… :)

    “so much for keeping more private”

    Woah, I so misread this one, I thought you mentioned privates…

    You have another week to wait for Skyfall. It’ll be so worth it!!! Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it!!!

  29. 29
    Berenice joins Malick’s movie Says:
    Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe Joins Terrence Malick’s Latest All-Star Drama (Exclusive)
    The French actress will star alongside Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman.

    Skyfall Bond girl Berenice Marlohe has joined the all-star cast of Terrence Malick’s latest movie, which is in production in Austin.
    The untitled movie revolves around two intersecting love triangles, obsession and betrayal, set against the music scene. It stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman.
    The details of her character are being kept under wraps.
    This is second major English-language role for the French actress, who co-stars opposite Daniel Craig in Skyfall as the enigmatic Severine. The movie opens Nov. 9 in North America but already is shattering records internationally.
    And while many Bond girls fade into acting obscurity or fall into second-class flicks after making a 007 splash, Marlohe and her agents at ICM Partners are making sure the actress surrounds herself with top-flight talent as she uses the Bond movie as a launching pad for an international career.
    Marlohe will shoot the Malick film concurrently with the ongoing press tour for Skyfall.

  30. 30
    ana Says:

    i wish i was james bond in skyfall and in real life rachel w.

  31. 31
    Elle Says:

    @Rachel Girl.
    Thank you for sharing the gif! They’re so sweet together, and Rachel acts in a cute way!

  32. 32
    Domino's Effect Says:

    *studio system ->
    *actors as brands/commodities ->
    *infiltrate public’s consciousness & awareness of these “celebrated entertainers” through constant bombardment & exposure ->
    *biggest drawcard to box office is being an image sold ->
    *additional mass-marketing for affiliated merchandise (fashion, accessories, luxury items, holiday destinations,…. even Starbucks coffee) ->
    *necessity to hire PR networking correspondents who continuously flood these blogs/ media/ etc under the guise of being “genuine fans” (abbr. “fanatics”) to occupy the brains of mainstream consumers with idle redundant “time wasting” information….

  33. 33
    Rie Says:

    Does anyone know when Daniel appears at The Daily Show? It seems to be put off owing to Sandy.

  34. 34
    Domino's Effect Says:

    ALMOST ALL COMMENTS ON THIS “celebrity gossip blog for society sompletons” ARE BY PR NETWORKING CORRESPONDENTS.

  35. 35
    Domino's Effect Says:

    (oops…sp. edit)
    ALMOST ALL COMMENTS ON THIS “celebrity gossip blog for society simpletons” ARE BY PR NETWORKING CORRESPONDENTS.

  36. 36
    Guinness Says:

    6 more days—and I got a babysitter. To the IMAX I go!!!!
    We watched Dictator today—with Sacha….awesome craziness. I have watched all Sacha’s works. He is a shocker.
    We are now inducting the girls to Authur-King of the Britons!!! We have to explain alot–but it is worth it to watch for the 100th time. I got yelled at already for screaming and saying all the lines.

    the coco- nuts.
    the watery tart throwing a sword at you.
    Knights to say NEEE
    if she weighs more than a duck, she is a witch
    You and all you silly English caniggots
    Your mother was a hamster
    is there someone else up there we could talk to? ?????

    run away, run away, keep running…..

  37. 37
    to 19 Says:

    He’s got a big ass and looks very old, like your dad!

  38. 38
    mary Says:

    @ 37

    That is both unkind and uncalled for.

  39. 39
    to 37 Says:

    All the world’s top athletes have big buttocks and thighs, in fact they have bigger butts than Dan’s. Daniel has a firm muscle, the work out magazine says, he has the beautiful coordination of his disciplined muscles. You are hopeless about a well-developed muscular body throughout your life.

  40. 40
    Guinness Says:,0,6837527.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29

    waaa hooooooooo
    this is where we took the girls this morning.
    Left house at 5:30am.
    We had a blast-very exciting. No good pics. there were 14,000 people? I believe it. ooo-I got pics of the pro’s on the roof tops scoping for bad guys!!! and a really great sign against the head Tory!!! i may post that one.

    So, Mendel, ask Dan if he will endorse Obama–just wear a sticker or pin? And is he over the pond yet?? Say some words for us–this tues. we vote. And then friday I go to see a 3-4 storey Bond!!!! yey!

  41. 41
    Guinness Says:

    Where did you get Dan’s upcoming schedule for TV promo’s for NYC?
    It has to be amended and has it been “released”.

    And the gala, I am sure has already been discussed here, there, and everywhere, but really, the day after Thanksgiving? wow. bummer, he may have to get his pilots license soon.( I believe I will be celebrating Guinness that day.) Grueling air flight. I will be a personal massager Dan to keep the legs ok or any other body part –for flight……. or any other type of massaging… (Mendel can hold the oil, and Fio can read about it…and well, etc….)

  42. 42
    Guinness Says:

  43. 43
    Mendel Says:

    Hi Guinness,

    “6 more days—and I got a babysitter. To the IMAX I go!!!!”

    You go girl! It’s worth it :)

    “waaa hooooooooo
    this is where we took the girls this morning.
    Left house at 5:30am.”

    Wooooah, brilliant! It must have been so exciting!

    “Say some words for us–this tues. we vote.”

    My friends and I did some supportive ‘Obama’ chanting tonight (with some very interesting lyrics, lol) – we’re all watching this election with crossed fingers and legs ;)

    “Mendel can hold the oil”

    Do you think I would hold back??? *grin*

    “Commuters racing against the clock for tickets”

    That would even make me run fast…!

  44. 44
    Skyfall earns $287M in 10 days Says:

    Foreign Box Office: ‘Skyfall’ Earns Massive $287 Million in First 10 Days
    The 23rd installment in the James Bond film franchise earned $156 million for the weekend; the movie begins rolling out in North America on Nov. 8.

    James Bond pic Skyfall continues to make history at the international box office, grossing $287 million in its first 10 days of play.
    The Sony and MGM movie — directed by Sam Mendes and returning Daniel Craig in the role of 007 — took in a massive $157 million over the weekend as it expanded into additional territories.
    So far, Skyfall has grossed $139 million for Sony and $17 million for MGM’s foreign distribution partners.
    With the success of Skyfall, Sony Pictures Releasing International is now having a record year, with revenues of $2.16 billion through Sunday. Sony’s previous best year internationally was $2.14 billion in 2009.
    Worldwide, Sony titles have generated $3.6 billion in ticket sales so far for the year, putting the studios on course to reach a record $4 billion.
    Skyfall, which begins opening in North America on Nov. 8, is pacing well ahead of Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale in most markets.
    Skyfall debuted to $23.9 million in Germany over the weekend, the biggest opening of 2012. It opened to $7.9 in Italy and $6.7 million in Spain, the second best opening of the year after The Impossible. Switzerland turned in a record-breaking $5.3 million, the biggest debut of all time (Quantum of Solace was the previous best).
    IMAX is seeing big returns. Skyfall grossed $4.3 million from 132 IMAX locations in 36 territories over the weekend for a cume of $10 million, the best number ever for a non-holiday or non-summer film.

  45. 45
    Skyfall Broke The Records Says:

    ‘Skyfall’ International Total Now $287 Million; #1 And Breaking Records In Most Territories
    BREAKING… Strong film reviews and advance buzz keep propelling the high-octane spy actioner to fast-moving and often record-setting overseas grosses its first 10 or so days out. Sony Pictures’ and MGM’s Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series from Eon Productions, grossed an astonishing $156 million this weekend, bringing the overseas total to $287 million after just 10 days. “Overseas Bond numbers are huge. Exceptional results across the board fr Skyfall,” a Sony exec tells me. Sony’s markets earned an estimated $139 million for the weekend and MGM’s licensees did and estimated $17 million. IMAX issued an estimated weekend gross of $4.3M in 132 overseas locations over 36 territories, or $33,000+ per screen. Among holdovers, the UK fell off just 21% from its opening weekend to gross $25.7M and bring the 10-day market cume to a staggering $85.8M. France added $14.3M in its 2nd frame to bring the market cume to $30.0M, already passing the lifetime of Casino Royale and a day from passing Quantum Of Solace. This Friday-Saturday-Sunday fell off just 20% from last weekend’s opening abroad. The 007 pic opens Friday in North America theaters and this Thursday on IMAX screens here. The NYC special screening of Skyfall – a fundraiser for the Tribeca Film institute – will be held Monday. Sony Pictures Releasing International is at an all-time biggest $2.16 billion through today. It’s thanks in part to Skyfall and Resident Evil: Retribution, as well as Hotel Transylvania and the summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man and Men In Black 3. That passes SPRI’s previous best year of 2009 and $2.14B. Worldwide, the studio is at $3.6B moving towards its first ever $4B year. Presently, Sony Pictures is #1 in market share.

    As for this weekend’s Skyfall openings internationally:

    - GERMANY $23.9M, biggest opening of 2012, +77% larger than Quantum Of Solace‘s and +88% bigger than Casino Royale‘s.

    - ITALY $7.9M for biggest opening of a Hollywood film in 2012 and the 2nd biggest overall. It beat Quantum Of Solace opening by +95% and Casino Royale‘s by +85%.

    - SPAIN $6.7 for 2nd biggest opening of the year, and +27% bigger than the opening of Quantum Of Solace and +73% more than Casino Royale‘s.

    - SWITZERLAND $5.3M, record-setting as biggest opening in history there, breaking Quantum Of Solace’s old record.

    - HOLLAND $4.4M, by far the biggest opening of the year there, almost 2½ times the previous best. The opening was +91% bigger than Quantum Of Solace‘s, +179% more than Casino Royale‘s.

    - AUSTRIA $3.4M, more than double the previous biggest opening of 2012 and 2nd biggest of all time.


    The overseas records are a great indicator of how the Sam Mendes-directed pic will do at the North American box office. Hollywood expects this installment to top both 2008′s Quantum Of Solace which went on to gross $586M (£367.4M) worldwide and 2006′s Casino Royale which grossed $594.2M (£372.5M) making it the highest-grossing film in the Bond franchise (not adjusted for inflation or higher ticket prices). That includes the U.S., where all-in guesstimates top $215M – much better than Quantum Of Solace‘s $168.3M or Casino Royale’s $167.4M. Even better for the studios and filmmakers, Skyfall cost much less than both other films. Grammy multi-winner Adele sang the Bond theme. Daniel Craig reprises his role as 007, with Javier Bardem playing the villain Raoul Silva, and Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe as Bond girls. Mendes was the first Oscar-winner to direct a Bond pic. Meanwhile, Sony, MGM, and Eon are so pleased with Skyfall that its screenwriter John Logan already is writing the next two installments, Bond 24 and 25.

    Related: IMAX Boasts 26% More James Bond ‘Skyfall’
    The film has already made $287 million in its overseas run, meaning that before it ever opens here in the United States, it’s already become a giant, giant hit. And even better for Sony– they’re expecting just as much of a success, if not more, when Skyfall finally opens in the United States. According to Deadline current estimates for Skyfall’s total box office gross in the United States go as far as $215 million, which would make it by far the most financially successful film in the franchise. We’re super excited for the release of Skyfall this week, and we hope you are too! To share the excitement, we’ll be writing a ton about Bond in the coming days, so keep coming back for much more where this came from.

  46. 46
    Amy Says:

    You are happy, aren’t you? Daniel is apparently on Obama’s side.
    James Bond star Daniel Craig declares his support for President Obama: ‘I trust him’

  47. 47
    Fio Says:

    TribecaFilmInstitute: Remarks via video from Daniel Craig before the screening: “I know it’s Monday, but please get drunk.” #TFI007,3449,BA.html
    Alan Cumming will return as host, and Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and Josh Gad will be among the presenters at this year’s BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, honoring Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Will Wright.
    For the first time ever, the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will broadcast in primetime on BBC AMERICA, airing on November 11, 2012 as a two-hour special, preceded by the Britannia Awards Red Carpet Special.

  48. 48
    Fio Says:

    Before the character of James Bond ever graced the silver screen, he was introduced to audiences by an American actor, Barry Nelson. In 1954, ‘Casino Royale’ was adapted into a television episode in a series called, ‘Climax!’. The spy was referred to as ‘Jimmy Bond’.

    In 1967, a satirical Bond film was released, also based on ‘Casino Royale’. A handful of heavyweight talents involved in the project included: Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, Woody Allen and David Niven (Sean Connery was interested, but he was too costly to cast).

    However, it would seem that Sean Connery was destined to play the legendary spy, as he first took on the role in ‘Dr. No’ (1962). He continued his portrayal of Bond for four subsequent films, before returning to the character again in 1971. Though Connery was never my favorite, I greatly enjoyed his performances in other features such as ‘Outland’ (Sci-Fi Drama, 1981), ‘The Untouchables’ (Crime Drama, 1987), and ‘The Hunt for Red October’ (Military Suspense, 1990). His natural charm, Scottish accent and dark, good looks cemented him as the favorite for many Bond fans.

    When Sean Connery left the role of 007 originally, producer Albert R. Broccoli expressed interest in Timothy Dalton. The actor declined, saying that he felt he was too young to play the part. Then in 1969, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ was released with Australian actor, George Lazenby as the beloved spy. Due to the poor advice of his agent, Lazenby declined a contract for seven films, and walked away after just one outing.

    In 1973, Roger Moore starred in his first Bond film, ‘Live and Let Die’. What’s amazing to me is that Moore was forty-five years of age when originally cast, and continued to play the character for twelve years, appearing in seven Bond movies altogether. Moore was my favorite childhood Bond, and I loved that he came across as a gentleman (though he was still quite popular with the ladies) and had a playful quality to his personality. He endeared me to him even more, when he said that he feels Daniel Craig is the best 007 so far.

    When Timothy Dalton declined the role of James Bond, he was only 22 years of age. But some opportunities are too good to pass up, so in 1987, Dalton appeared in ‘The Living Daylights’. He went on to portray 007 again in ‘License to Kill’ (1989) and was prepared to return for a third film. However, due to dispute issues and a number of postponements, the actor finally walked away from the franchise five years later.

    In 1995, ‘GoldenEye’ was released, and Pierce Brosnan fulfilled his long-held ambition of portraying the suave spy. He had been the first choice to replace Roger Moore after 1985, but couldn’t get out of his contract for the TV series, ‘Remington Steele’. Though I’ve enjoyed Brosnan’s performances in movies (he was great in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’, ‘Dante’s Peak’ and tremendous in ‘Evelyn’), I felt that he lacked the ability to flesh out the character in a satisfying manner. Then again, I wasn’t crazy about this period of Bond films. They were too over-the-top for me (and not in a humorous, campy way, either). I lost all interest in the franchise when Denise Richards attempted to play a nuclear physicist. Please tell me I wasn’t the only one.

    The New Bond Order:

    For the 21st Bond film, MGM and Eon Productions decided to reboot the franchise, starting the spy’s storyline from the very beginning. They wanted a leaner and more dangerous character, with a movie less focused on gadgets and props, and more on what kind of a man it would take to live and breathe such a deadly profession. I recall the reactions when Eon and Sony Pictures announced that Daniel Craig had been cast for ‘Casino Royale’.

    To say that people protested, would be putting it mildly. Some decried a blond Bond, declaring that this betrayed how 007 had long been established. Others called Craig a boring choice because, I assume, they haven’t seen him at his best work. Granted, my first real introduction to the actor was from ‘Tomb Raider’ and based on that, it didn’t exactly leave a great impression. (I first saw him in ‘Elizabeth’, but didn’t know who he was at the time. It was a fairly small role and he barely had any lines.)

    Then in 2003, I watched Craig in the British indie film, ‘The Mother’. His performance was absolutely fearless, especially given the controversial subject matter. I was in awe, and from that moment on, became interested in seeing him in future projects. In 2005, he was an integral part of a talented ensemble in Steven Spielberg’s, ‘Munich’. Though it was nominated for five Academy awards, sadly, it didn’t win a single one.

    In 2006, ‘Casino Royale’ was released and the critics who judged the casting choice rather harshly, were mostly silenced. The movie was critically acclaimed, establishing Daniel Craig’s performance as a reinvention of 007. It earned close to $600 million worldwide, the highest grossing Bond film at that time. Subsequently, I enjoyed his performances in ‘The Golden Compass’ and ‘Defiance’, and especially loved his portrayals in ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ and ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’.

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    Fio Says:

    - 2
    So Why Is Daniel Craig My Favorite Bond?:

    For one, he’s the most talented actor to portray 007. He can come across as aloof and detached as you would imagine a covert agent might, but beneath that hard exterior is a man who is obviously in pain. And in ‘Casino Royale’, Craig’s portrayal of Bond was absolutely heartbreaking. It’s quite a character arc to go from arrogant, controlled and deadly, to vulnerable and caring until the very end, only to lose what matters most to him, thereby forcing him to erect those emotional walls yet again.

    The other important factor is that Craig is in excellent shape, which makes Bond even more believable. Realistically, if you’re going to be a field agent such as 007, you need to be in the best condition possible for physical altercations. Also, this Bond is gritty. He actually gets messed up and hurt during his fights. But on the flip side of that, he looks like the perfect gentleman when he’s dressed to the nines. All the better to sidle up and charm a lady to get information, when need be.

    As for ‘Skyfall’, I’m thrilled to learn that Bond has returned to excellent form. For me, ‘Quantum of Solace’ was a major disappointment, especially since I was quite impressed by ‘Casino Royale’. And with respect to the Bourne franchise, I’d like to see Matt Damon eat his words, for all of the extreme criticism that he voiced towards the Bond legacy. After making almost $300 million internationally so far, ‘Skyfall’ has proven that our hero is here to stay. Happy 50th birthday, James! The world is yours for the taking.

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    Fio Says:

    Dumping Geroge Clooney for Daniel Craig
    I dream a lot about George Clooney. It’s not always the actual Clooney in my dreams, but most of the men I dream about have Clooney’s face. Any man who appears in my dreams, bus driver, teacher, fisherman, or pilot, looks like George Clooney. I take comfort in knowing I will meet up with George in my dreams. He is always there, always fabulous, and always mine.

    In my dreams George and I have gotten married, been on Dancing With The Stars, had a baby, been to the Oscars®, and simply cooked dinner together. Our love affair has been going on in my mind for years. If I were ever to come across George in real life, I would simply walk on past and ignore him. He is perfect in my dreams and I don’t want to change that. Better I keep him perfect.

    By walk on past, of course I mean I would latch onto him and have to be removed by authorities. I like to think I’d be cool and not care, but come on. I love him and he is my dream man. Literally. The other day I had a very restless sleep. George did not show and I was up several times during the night. I was unable to get comfortable, so I gave up.

    I slinked out of the bedroom as the Englishman slept. By slept of course I mean out like a light. This man sleeps deep. He could, and has, slept through earthquakes. I went to make a cup of tea as I cursed George for not showing up. I wondered around the house for a bit, hung out with the cat, emptied the dishwasher, and went back to bed.

    As I walked into the room, at the risk of sounding like a romance novel, the moonlight was streaming across my bed and hit the Englishman across the face. I had to stop for a minute because I saw something rather interesting. There in my bed, oblivious to my inability to sleep, was Daniel Craig. Forget about Clooney, I had Bond. James Bond, in my bed.

    It turns out my Englishman looks a bit like Daniel Craig. From piercing blue eyes, to the rugged face, along with the English accent thrown in for good measure, I have my own Bond at home. I have always felt my Englishman is wonderful, and felt no issue with spending my slumber with George. That said, I think my nights with George have come to an end.

    I am going to spend my time in bed with Mr. Bond. In fact, this newfound discover provides me with a whole new list of fantasies that can actually come true. In a few weeks I will be jetting to London with my Englishman, and I think there will be a lot of James Bond action happening. The possibilities are endless, and they are sexy as hell.

    I am going to write down my dreams with Bond, so my fantasies can come true with my Englishman. Why should I dream about Clooney, when Daniel Craig is in my bed? What a lucky girl I am that my fantasy and my reality look the same. If you love Clooney, his evenings are now free, so enjoy. When it comes to sweet dreams, I am keeping the faith.

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    badr Says:

    hey . am from morocco actually i like all james bond’s movies . but i haven’t watch the skyfall . james bond is the best actor i have ever seen he acts perfecly . :)

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    Guinness Says:

    Sweet, yes, thank you Amy.
    And thx as always Fio.
    And thank you Mendel.
    And thank you Dan. Love you for stating that–if it gets ONE person to vote for Obama, then you are essentially helping the cause against the Tories. Seriously. Sweetness. That is very awesome of you to know and wield “your power” of what you stand for… (ah, wielding your “power” *winky dink* to other cheeky female Brit!!!)
    If you need any help–with anything—I am willing to do anything for you… ANYTHING….. :) ohmygasharoonie, i can;t thing of anythign else to say now…just going down my lkist in my head of what i would do for him…and i just wrote going down and headn thei== in the same sentenbce, i got to get a towlle for leather chair……

    i will be awake for a while–check in later taters…. what else you got Fio??

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    Mendel Says:

    to Amy

    “I like that man a lot. I respect him. I trust him.”

    Just gotta love Dan :)

    to Fio

    Thanks for all the great links. When are you going to see Skyfall?

    Hi Guinness

    “That is very awesome of you to know and wield “your power” of what you stand for… (ah, wielding your “power” *winky dink* to other cheeky female Brit!!!)”

    LOL! Now I am thinking of nekkid Dan, wielding his power… *grin*

    “i just wrote going down and headn thei== in the same sentenbce, i got to get a towlle for leather chair……”


    “i will be awake for a while–check in later taters….”

    When do your polls close? I am sitting here, listening to discussions on the American elections and waiting for first results.

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    Amy Says:

    I’m watching CNN now. It looks like it’s going to be breathtakingly very close!

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    Guinness Says:

    California is 3 hours behind East coast, so nothing official until at least 10PM. but in america, polls close diff times, some states are a “given” as to which is “fav” candidate… And I can’t believe it is going to be close race. It shouldn’t be, IMO. My state is a crucial deciding state, and they won’t announce the winners until at least 10PM eastern standard. (ah, we went to sleep one election, when a major news station announced a winner, then we woke up to the major news stations apologizing that they called it WRONG–that the Tory actuallyone. Huh? yeah. scary. crappy. poo poo.) AND–I may be in 2 diff newspapers….if I am, I will post for fun.—with pic of Dan cuz this aint my thread!!!

    Well, if it is the Mitt-Tory, I may have to swim to a better place… I think your sofa/couch is big enough for the 4 of us, if I remember correctly Mendel? (I don’t remember much that morning–sorry! And I still can’t get that stain out!) Hellll, the 2 girls can sleep on the floor!!!

    And maybe Dan would have to do some Bond-kicking-Tory’s butt stunts. aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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    Amy Says:

    Obama wins re-election! Guinness, sleep tight. :)

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    Fio Says:

    Bond screenwriter John Logan hopes for Skyfall Oscars

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    Fio Says:

    Daniel Craig Joins Kate Middleton And ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Author As Most Influential Londoners
    E.L. James, Daniel Craig and Danny Boyle give usual suspects a run for their money in new list

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    Guinness Says:

    I knew it! Thanks Amy. I will sleep easier for the next 4 years.
    AND my state has made a record of a delegation of non-tories going to US Senate AND all 3 are women. AMAZING. We are making the world a better place–slowly. And Dan is a part of the change–with his vid & wig, and his endorsing OBAMA. Thanks Dan. I owe you a Guinness!!!

    Thanks Fio…gots to read those posts!! some of the quips are quite funny, but I think that the author misses the markk from the “get-go”…. How can he state in the title that Bond faces irrelevance, when it is the top grossing movie? I think this article is fighting irrelevance. i would hate to write for a paycheck(unless it was ok to shoot my mouth off and not get in trouble or thrown in gaol Mendel)…do people actually believe what they write or do they do it because they have to? or they just choose topics they are inherently opposed to and that shows their briliance.

    (oh–on the Graham Norton show—Mendel, did you see what Dan called his winky when he was young person? yey. he has always thought of it as something special…there is something animalistically sexxxxily testosteronie-filled in that… )

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    Fio Says:

    Hi, Guinness
    Have you seen the Graham Norton Show? :)

    Episode 12.2 – Bond Special: Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem

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    Fio Says:

    The Graham Norton Show – S12x02 – Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem Part 1
    The Graham Norton Show – S12x02 – Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem Part 2

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    Fio Says:

    The Graham Norton Show – S12x02 – Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem Part 3

    Hi, Mendel
    Nah, Skyfall hasn’t come out yet in my place :(

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    Guinness Says:

    aawwww-thx Fio. I was able to watch it. THank you!
    BUT I was disappointed Graham didn’t pull up my all-time-fav pic of him….(oh, you know it DIH. and we got snow!! more to come today too. gots to make a fire tonight!) it beats the Moll look! totally.

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    Guinness Says:

    dang Dan! West coast? hhmmm. good move with weather crappy and NYC in a state of confusion. But–boston is clear!!
    He is going over us!

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    Craig’s 007 reinvigorated in ‘Skyfall’

    In this 50th year of the James Bond series, with the dismal “Quantum of Solace” (2008) still in our minds, “Skyfall” triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he previously played unconvincingly. I don’t know what I expected in Bond No. 23, but certainly not an experience this invigorating.

    The movie’s innovations begin in its first shots, which abandon the familiar stalking silhouettes in the iris lens, and hit the ground running. Bond and another agent are in Istanbul, chasing a man who has stolen a crucial hard drive, and after a chase through city streets (involving no less than three Fruit Cart Scenes), 007 is running on top of a train. We know from earlier films that Bond can operate almost anything, but “Skyfall” incredibly has him commandeer a giant Caterpillar and continue the chase by crushing a flatcar filled with VW Beetles.
    It’s the kind of absurd stunt we expect in a Bond movie, but this one relies on something unexpected: a dead-serious M (Judi Dench), following the action from M16 in London and making a fateful decision. After an enemy agent grabs Bond as a human shield, M’s other agent, Eve (Naomie Harris), has both men in her gun sights. The stakes are very high. “Take the shot!” M commands. Bond seems to die, although since this happens around the 20-minute mark, we’re not very surprised that he doesn’t.

    M begins to compose the obituary of Commander James Bond, and she might as well also be writing her own. Time has passed her by, she’s older, and her new boss, Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), convenes a public (!) hearing requiring her to defend her tenure. It’s time for a generation to be put out to pasture. Even Q and, as it turns out, Miss Moneypenny are practically kids.

    M is not quire ready to retire, and “Skyfall” at last provides a role worthy of Judi Dench, one of the best actors of her generation. She is all but the co-star of the film, with a lot of screen time, poignant dialogue, and a character who is far more complex and sympathetic than we expect in this series. The film is guided by a considerable director (Sam Mendes), written by the heavyweights Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, and delivers not only a terrific Bond but a terrific movie, period. If you haven’t seen a 007 for years, this is the time to jump back in.

    There’s a theory that you can grade the Bonds on the quality of their villains. In “Skyfall,” this is a cerebral megalomanic named Silva, played by Javier Bardem, whose unpronounceable Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men” approached the high-water mark of Hannibal Lecter. Here he plays a bleached blond computer whiz who stole the drive containing the guarded identities of every M16 agent. Are we supposed to think of Julian Assange?

    This is a brand-new Bond with love and respect for the old Bond. This is dramatized during Bond’s visit to the weathered Scottish mansion inhabited by Kincade (Albert Finney), which has secrets to divulge and continues the movie’s rewriting of the character’s back story. During the early Bonds, did we ever even ask ourselves about 007’s origins in life? “Skyfall” even produces a moment designed to inspire love in Bond fans: a reappearance of the Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger,” which remains in good operating condition.

    Just as Christopher Nolan gave rebirth to the Batman movies in “The Dark Knight,” here is James Bond lifted up, dusted off, set back on his feet and ready for another 50 years. And am I completely misguided when I expect to see Miss Moneypenny become a Bond girl in the next film?

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    What a Man! What a Suit! ‘Skyfall,’ With Daniel Craig as James Bond
    When James Bond dashed into Buckingham Palace in July to pick up Queen Elizabeth so they could parachute into the Olympic opening ceremony, it was tough to picture what he could do for an encore. Zip line into the next European summit meeting with Angela Merkel tucked under his arm? Wrestle nude on the frozen banks of the Volga with Vladimir Putin? Turning Britain’s royal octogenarian into a Bond girl was a stroke of cross-marketing genius that profited queen and country both, while also encapsulating the appeal of the 007 brand in the age of aerial drones.
    It’s the human factor, to borrow somewhat perversely a phrase from Graham Greene, who worked for Britain’s foreign intelligence agency MI6. In his novel “The Human Factor,” about a double agent, Greene sought, he said, to portray the British secret service unromantically, with “men going daily to their office to earn their pensions.” Bond is wearing a silver-gray suit when he powers into “Skyfall,” the latest 007 escapade, but it isn’t cut for office work. The suit is seductively tight, for starters, and moves like a second skin when Daniel Craig in his third stint as Bond races through an atavistic opener that — with bullets buzzing and M (Judi Dench) whispering orders in his ear — puts him back on mortal, yet recognizably Bondian, ground.

    And just in time too, given that he looked as if he were on the Bataan Death March in his last film, “Quantum of Solace.” Directed by a surprisingly well-equipped Sam Mendes, “Skyfall” is, in every way, a superior follow-up to “Casino Royale,” the 2006 reboot that introduced Mr. Craig as Bond. “Skyfall” even plays like something of a franchise rethink, partly because it brings in new faces and implies that Bond, like Jason Bourne, needed to be reborn. The tone is again playful and the stakes feel serious if not punishingly so. This is a Bond who, after vaulting into a moving train car, pauses to adjust a shirt cuff, a gesture that eases the scene’s momentum without putting the brakes on it.

    That “Skyfall” includes a sequence on a train — a passenger one, no less — suggests that this may be very much like your granddaddy’s Bond, even without the bikinied backdrop. From the initial sequence, one of those characteristic supersize set pieces that precede the opening credits, Mr. Mendes shows that he’s having his fun with 007. The opening doesn’t just take place in Turkey, one of those putatively exotic locales adorned with woven carpets and dark-complexioned extras, it also includes smoothly choreographed mayhem in both a crowded bazaar and outdoor market. There, amid these familiar action-cinema signposts, Bond and another agency operative, the suitably named Eve (Naomie Harris), chase down a baddie as locals and oranges scatter.

    Bondologists may linger over that Turkey location. Globe tripping has always been as crucial to the movies as groovy gadgets: it’s an elegant way to map the geopolitical coordinates while providing armchair adventure for the rest of us. Here, though, you have to wonder if Mr. Mendes and the writers Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan have folded some 007 arcana into the mix. Turkey plays a major role in the second, often most critically celebrated Bond film, “From Russia With Love,” which, like this one, includes a lethal fight on a train, a formidable blond male adversary and an island headquarters. But whether the filmmakers want to intimate that this is the rightful follow-up to the rebooted Bond is less interesting than this type of longitudinal thinking the movies inspire.

    One of the satisfactions of these screen spectaculars, one that Mr. Mendes nicely capitalizes on, is that they have made all of us Bondologists. We each have favorite Bonds (Sean Connery for me, followed by Mr. Craig), our preferred 007 women, outlaws, slick gizmos, sweet rides, command centers and double entendres. We know what kind of cocktail Bond savors and whom he works for and that he often behaves more like a killer than a tradecraft wizard. We also know that, like the cowboy’s six-shooter and horse, Bond’s gun and sports car are genre givens, as is a sizable body count. And while, over the years, there have been cruel, suave and silly Bonds, there is always only one Bond, James Bond. The movies have schooled us well.

    Mr. Mendes, a British film and theater director whose dubious screen achievements include embalming the American dream in “Revolutionary Road,” gets Bond just right in a story that first turns on a domestic threat and then on a personal one. Mr. Mendes grasps the spy’s existential center, as typified by the ritualistic mano a mano grappling that almost every action movie now deploys to signal that, when push comes to punch, the hero can still kill with his bare hands. There’s brutal death here, but there’s also a pervading sense of mortality that makes the falling bodies register a little longer than they sometimes do in a Bond movie. As a director of films like “American Beauty” and “Away We Go” Mr. Mendes has indulged in a noxious blend of self-seriousness and condescension. There’s none of that here.

    Instead he honors the contract that the Bond series made with its fans long ago and delivers the customary chases, pretty women and silky villainy along with the little and big bangs. Whether Mr. Mendes is deploying an explosion or a delectable detail, he retains a crucially human scale and intimacy, largely by foregrounding the performers. To that end, while “Skyfall” takes off with shock-and-awe blockbuster dazzle, it’s opulent rather than outlandish and insistently, progressively low-key, despite an Orientalist fantasy with dragons and dragon ladies. As Bond sprints from peril to pleasure, Mr. Craig and the other players — including an exceptional, wittily venal Javier Bardem, a sleek Ralph Fiennes and a likable Ben Whishaw — turn out to be the most spectacular of Mr. Mendes’s special effects.

    “Skyfall” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). The usual. if mostly bloodless, violence.

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    LOS ANGELS TIMES Says:,0,6113916.story
    Movie review: ‘Skyfall’ shows James Bond still sharp and fit at 50
    Sam Mendes breathes new life into the half-century James Bond franchise with a well-cast, smartly acted film that shows Bond’s inner turmoil and back story, but also keeps the action, style and mission solid and entertaining.

    If “Skyfall” is the new 50, James Bond is handling it remarkably well. Five decades after the first cinematic incarnation of 007, novelist Ian Fleming’s agent provocateur, the spy-craft in the new film is sharper, the intrigue deeper, the beauties brighter (more brain, less bare).

    And yet if I’m not mistaken, there are perilous emotional peaks and valleys along with all that bloody cheek. Daniel Craig’s Bond is not quite as detached, his martini not quite as dry. Even the villain, a masterfully menacing Javier Bardem, is an emotional wreck whose angst is actually explored. Indeed the entire film is shrink-wrapped in self-examination that somehow manages not to dint, much less destroy, the explosive fun.

    Just how does one get in touch with one’s inner assassin — sanctioned or not? Try putting an introspective auteur in the director’s chair. Sam Mendes, the maker of such suburban dysfunction as “American Beauty” and “Revolutionary Road,” has upped the ante, the action and the artistry in “Skyfall” without losing all the defining traits we’ve come to expect — and need — from Bond. Not just the well-cut tux, so perfect for slipping into fashionable soirees that villains inhabit, but the most essential pillar of all things Bondian — that the very fate of the free world rides on one man’s ability to beat impossible odds and save the day.

    Mendes has a good blueprint to work with. Screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have Bond (Craig), M (Judi Dench) and the rest of MI6 facing a cold war being waged uncomfortably close to home. There is nothing more dangerous than the enemy within and M, in particular, is left dodging Parliament’s salvos and new intelligence chief Gareth Mallory’s questions (nicely downplayed by Ralph Fiennes).

    There are a lot of dicey moves for M to make after the disaster of a mission in Turkey, which opens the film in fierce fashion (following another Bond touch, a particularly elegant graphic opening credit sequence accompanied by a sure-to-be-a-smash title song by Adele). A compromising list of secret agents has somehow gotten into the wrong hands. M wants it back at all costs. And the cost will be high — a shocking death and implications that will ripple through the film.

    The splashy gadgets that are a Bond tradition are few. Instead, the film is framed by the high-tech age of satellite communication and cyber bullies. Agent Q (Ben Whishaw) is an electronics genius with plenty of nerdy quirks, intellectual arrogance chief among them. But he’s a good ally in tracing the shadowy cyber trail of the film’s arch archenemy, Silva (Bardem going bad bottle-blond for Bond). Silva’s got a wicked sense of humor as well as a carefully refined sadistic streak that keeps the body count climbing. But it is what drives Silva to such deadly extremism that makes the movie interesting.

    In a ties-that-bind twist that casts M in an entirely new light, “Skyfall” takes a good deal of time digging into her motives and methods. The decision, a good one, keeps Dench front and center, and M tart and tested, until the bitter end. Mendes proves quite facile in using the acting assets he has at his disposal to maximum effect. Bardem is easy to despise. Naomie Harris, as Bond’s sometime partner Eve, provides a welcome bit of sass and Bérénice Marlohe as the beauty caught in the mess stops short of sliding into sex-object territory.

    But the weight of carrying the film falls to Craig. The good news is that he’s even more comfortably settled in than his first two outings — 2006′s “Casino Royale” and 2008′s “Quantum of Solace.” Craig’s always been a craggier Bond, more solid and serious than Sean Connery, who initially gave James a sly, wry elegance, a tone that was largely continued by the Bonds that would follow. Craig’s shaken it up again here. His James is angrier and more haunted by indecision in “Skyfall.” The emotional charges buried under all that stoicism add another layer of tension to an already teasingly tense film.

    While many of the ideas are high-tech, much of the action, superbly shot by Roger Deakins, is anything but. Trains, of both the high-speed and metro type, are running through the film. Bond’s classic Aston Martin turns up, as does his messy childhood. All that digging around in the past works flawlessly at times — as when an old father figure turns up in the form of Albert Finney — with the occasional bad patch quickly dispensed with.

    Though “Skyfall” begins in Turkey and spends some quality time in Shanghai, most of the anxiety and action is unspooling on the home front — strategic London bombings, a beyond-belief subway ride and a country home in Scotland where everything (metaphorically at least) blows up. Scarier, and more to the point of things we have come to fear most, the bad guys are able to plot a path of destruction with extraordinary precision — and complete anonymity. It’s a conspiracy of shadows using social media — a YouTube sensibility gone rogue where targets can be mocked and kills get their 15 minutes of fame.

    In “Skyfall,” Mendes has given us a thrilling new chapter in a franchise that by all rights should have been gasping for air — which really makes him the hero of this saga. Saving Bond, after all, is rather like saving the day.

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    Mendel Says:


    Hi Guinness,

    “My state is a crucial deciding state, and they won’t announce the winners until at least 10PM eastern standard.”

    That must have been when I got up and switched on the TV. I heard your state mentioned and thought to myself, that Guinness contributed to Obama’s win *grin* Well done!!!

    “AND–I may be in 2 diff newspapers….if I am, I will post for fun.—with pic of Dan cuz this aint my thread!!!”

    Go for it!!!

    “AND my state has made a record of a delegation of non-tories going to US Senate AND all 3 are women. AMAZING. We are making the world a better place–slowly.”

    Brilliant! So I see my sofa isn’t needed after all ;)

    ” i would hate to write for a paycheck(unless it was ok to shoot my mouth off and not get in trouble or thrown in gaol Mendel)”

    I always shoot my mouth off and get in trouble…seems to be part and parcel of my life…but I just can’t do ‘politician speak’, ie talk much and say nothing.

    “id you see what Dan called his winky when he was young person?”

    Hahahaha, no? What was it? Not throbbing manhood, I hope…

    to Fio

    “Nah, Skyfall hasn’t come out yet in my place :(”

    Awww, hopefully it won’t take too long. I am going to see it again next week!

    Must catch up with all these wonderful links, but need bed. I didn’t get much sleep last night…

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    On His Majesty’s Secret Service

    Agent 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to his roots in Skyfall, defending the MI6 agency to which he’s always had steadfast dedication, even while gallantly enjoying its bachelor benefits. On home turf, Bond restores all of us to our pop culture roots; Skyfall’s national security plot, combining an arch villain’s (Javier Bardem) threats to M (Judi Dench), then breaching Bond’s ancestral residence, carries affectionate—even cultural—resonance. The sense of adventure is stabilizing and feels good.

    Skyfall’s success isn’t a surprise. It should probably be the first Bond film to win a Best Picture Oscar—not because it’s the best (Goldfinger and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service are still the series’ high points)—but because Skyfall maintains quality popular filmmaking in an era that’s lost sight of what that means.

    Exactly what it means can be seen in the fascinating promotional documentary Everything Or Nothing, which details the history of the James Bond franchise from its inception as a Cold War spy novel by British journalist Ian Fleming then adapted by Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli, intrepid American film producers who shared the dream of a popular entertainment featuring manly daring, sexual suavity and a subtle sense of political purpose. That this Anglo-American commercial enterprise would result in a 50-year globally admired venture that morphs yet without changing speaks to the marvel of the West’s pop culture dominance.

    That dominance is at stake in Skyfall’s plot involving a Wikileaks-style enemy whose nefarious personal crusade and terrorist attack on MI6 heralds a new breed of international threat. (Javier Bardem is spectacular in this role; superior to his performance in No Country For Old Men.) Sizing up her enemies, Q says, “They’re not nations, they’re individuals”—which was also true for the old Bond villains but now takes on the modern sense of social chaos that was unconscionably exploited in Chris Nolan’s Batman movies. But Skyfall avoids nihilism by hewing to a code of valor that extends from Fleming to Saltzman and Broccoli.

    That code never changes despite having six other faces on its brand. As Everything Or Nothing shows, each Bond actor lent his own personal integrity. Daniel Craig follows that tradition. His brutalized face and cold eyes personify our acceptance of killing more than Connery’s camp glamour and sophistication. Yet, after the spectacular opening stunt, Craig bounds into a moving train and snaps his tuxedo cuffs with terrific élan. Bond’s urbanity bests the Dark Knight’s affluent yet sophomoric pessimism; the world is in safe hands—as is the idea of entertainment.

    Most movie chases are alike, and the Bond movies have set the standard for all action thrillers—Road Warrior, Indiana Jones and even the Transporter flicks are just a few that display the Bond influence. The level of stylistic commitment in the Bond films is reassuring. It takes an ace team (including producer Barbara Broccoli), because director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) knows nothing about this kind of cinema. Joe Wright’s Hanna showed genuine style, and Luc Besson and his cadre have revolutionized action tropes, quickening their purpose, while Skyfall clicks efficiently. The opening escapade introduces a Bond-girl sidekick (Naomie Harris), which enriches what would be routine; that humane flourish sets the tone for Mendes’ foray into genre.

    It might have gone badly—imagine Mike Nichols pinch-hitting an Indiana Jones film. But Skyfall features more character nuances than Craig’s previous Bond movies: Harris’ role, along with vivid participation from Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Wishaw (as Q) and Bardem display Mendes’ striking interest in actors.

    Mendes is lucky. Skyfall is his first film on home turf, and he knows how these people talk and how they relate to the environs of metropolitan London (including a brief stint among the J.M.W. Turners at the Tate Museum) and the Scottish countryside. It adds to the story’s personal feel. These well-tailored Tories fighting an internal security breach and “a war we can’t understand and can’t possibly win” sounds sufficiently post-9/11, which makes Skyfall a modern version of the British WWII homefront movie Went the Day Well? as much as a Bond installment.

    When Bond escorts M in the fabled Aston Martin, Skyfall also carries us back to the past—our pop culture past where entertainment wasn’t merely frivolous. Skyfall plays with heritage and personal homeland defense but those ideas are no richer than Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Fortunately, the movie looks terrific. Roger Deakins photographs a silhouetted assassin brawl in a skyscraper and a sequence of red-gold pagodas at night like Robert Burks did It Takes a Thief—for sheer splendor.

    In Everything Or Nothing, Fleming’s first book is referred to as “the autobiography of a dream.” This speaks to how the Bond film series epitomized desire and satisfaction. As an expression of Western hegemony, the series isn’t just commercial; its good work translates to all territories. In the real world, espionage ain’t pretty, but when James Bond wins, it’s a global victory.

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    Amy Says:

    Daniel reacts to Obama’s re-election

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    Amy Says:

    Daniel at BRITANNIA AWARDS 2012
    anglophenia ‏@anglophenia
    Rachel Weisz (Mrs. Daniel Craig) has just dashed by. #Britannias

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    Kris Says:

    Congrats!!!! <3 i'm really glad that you made it!!!! You deserve it!
    And in the a body!!! what an a$$…he is really a hottie!!! You Go Daniel!!

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