Skyfall vs. Adam Buxton

Adam & Edith vs Skyfall

This is a post for fans of Adam Buxton and Edith Bowman who recently finished their short run of Saturday morning shows on BBC 6 Music (Joe Cornish was too busy being a successful film maker to co-host). On their final show last weekend Adam discussed the latest James Bond film Skyfall and suggested a few improvements that could be made to ground the film in reality by adding a bit of additional dialogue.

With time on my hands I have added in Adam’s suggestions and the result can be found below:

The full episode can be found on the Adam and Edith BBC website and the whole show is worth a listen if you have missed it during the run.

Happy new year!

Skyfall – Teaser Trailer

Give me an evening with nothing to do and the new teaser trailer for Skyfall, James Bond’s 23rd outing, and naturally animated .gifs and videos get made. It is nature’s way. Before indulging me familiarise yourself with the teaser below:

What is the first thing that springs to mind upon watching this trailer? What recent cultural phenomenon has clearly influenced the latest James Bond film? Coronation Street of course! The Weatherfield tram crash has been recreated by Skyfall‘s director Sam Mendes using a tube train and it almost looks as good as the stunt created on an ITV1 budget. If you need side by side animated .gif comparison we have you covered:

The second thing my brain thought upon seeing this teaser was that it simply isn’t centred around Judi Dench enough. I have made my expectations for Skyfall pretty clear and expect much more Dench in the finished film. I have tweaked the trailer a little to better reflect what I hope the final film will be like.

Who doesn’t prefer Judi Dench looking at things to Daniel Craig running around and shooting things? Oh.

Judi Dench as M 1995 – 2012(?)

24th November 1995 – 26th October 2012

“You always were a cunning linguist, James.”

Rumour has it, and rumour it shall remain until I see Dench die, that Judi Dench will play M for the last time in Skyfall as her character is going to be killed off.

If this turns out to be true I will watch Skyfall up until Dench’s death before running from the cinema screaming.

Oh yeah, SPOILER ALERT! Possibly.

The Best is Yet to Come: 2012

As much as we are obliged to look back over the year just gone, we are obliged to look ahead at the year just beginning. It’s always exciting to look at the next twelve months and all the exciting treats that are coming to our screens. Below are my personal picks of the films worth seeing in 2012, and I’m hoping there will be many more besides, a few gems I haven’t even heard of yet. Continue reading

Skyfall – Expectations and Reality

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.

With M’s past coming back into the present we are treated to flashbacks covering her career as a spy and ultimately Judi Dench tools up and joins Daniel Craig’s Bond on a mission. With years of experience under her belt, M teaches Bond some new tricks and in a gruesome torture scene shows that she has a looser moral code than 007.

When they have an old foe cornered, Bond’s life is threatened in a climactic showdown only to be rescued by M who displays some awesome martial arts skills, think Yoda in Attack of the Clones. Exhausted, Bond and M share a tender moment amongst the carnage as the credits roll.

M briefs Bond on the situation with a concerned look on her face. Throughout the film she follows his progress offering a few quips along the way, hopefully somehow topping “cunning linguist” from Tomorrow Never Dies. At the end she congratulates Bond with some cheeky banter before the credits roll.