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Review: Skyfall

When news broke that the James Bond film franchise was set to make it to film 25, to put it bluntly, I didn’t care. Good for all the longtime fans, but I’ll take a pass. However, should the next two installments be anything like “Skyfall,” bring on the Bond!

When James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) mission in Istanbul goes awry, a hard drive containing the identities of embedded agents winds up in enemy hands. The incident leads Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, to insist on M’s (Judi Dench) retirement. She sticks to her guns and vows to recover the drive, but when MI6 is bombed, M comes to realize she’s got no one to trust – except Bond. Bond returns, but in a subpar state, off his game both mentally and physically. However, this is 007 we’re talking about and he’s got just enough juice left to take on the culprit, the sadistic Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).

As someone without a long-term love of the 007 franchise, the Daniel Craig iterations of the series were just any old spy movies. Yes, “Casino Royale” is superior to the lot, but without having grown up on the Bond movies, there’s never been a reason to have an emotional stake in the character – until now.

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Interview: Skyfall’s Naomie Harris

Forget just playing a Bond girl on the big screen. After extensive training in shooting, combat fighting and stunt driving, all Naomie Harris has to do, apparently, is go online and fill out an MI6 agent application.

In Skyfall, Harris stars as Eve, the MI6 agent who’s involved in the mid-mission slip-up that lets an enemy make off with a hard drive containing the identities of embedded agents. With James Bond (Daniel Craig) in sub-par form, Eve steps up to assist him in any way she can – whether it’s backing him up with a gun in hand or ensuring he’s clean-shaven for his next mission.

Even though she broke into the spotlight playing the no-nonsense Selena in 28 Days Later, action isn’t really Harris’ thing. However, thanks to extensive training and guidance from director Sam Mendes and Bond franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, she hit the set of “Skyfall” feeling prepared, relaxed and part of the Bond family.

Check out what Harris had to say about her meeting with a former MI6 agent, making Eve a standout Bond girl, giving 007 a quick-shave and more.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

WarmBodiesPosterNote: While not an official promo, Lana Wachowski’s poignant speech at the Human Rights Campaign San Francisco gala will undoubtedly earn her some reverence and, in turn, draw some attention to Cloud Atlas. But again, not an official promo, so the Best Stuff honors had to go to three other contenders, albeit worthy ones.


The Best Stuff

1. Unlock the 007 in You: A little something is telling me this is too good to be true, but who cares? This is the best promotional experience ever, both for the guys participating and for us folks watching the action at home. Forget a two-minute video; I want an entire game show based on this concept, and the background tune while Coke Zero’s at it.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

Carrie’first teaser trailer unveiled at New York Comic-Con made for a good start to the film’s promotional campaign; it just wasn’t enough to crack the top three. Too bad that Evil Dead has yet to hit the Web (in non-bootleg form). NYCC most certainly would have made an appearance in the Best Stuff had that been the case.

The Best Stuff

1. Alter Egos Trailer: An innovative concept on paper gives way to an oddly intriguing trailer.Alter Egos is far from your average superhero movie and is all the more charming because of it. Kris Lemche carries the trailer from an emotional standpoint, giving just enough for the viewer to make a connection, while the editor divulges just enough plot to give you a sense of what you’re in for, but leaving you curious for more.

2. Life of Pi Clip: A lengthy albeit honest introduction from Ang Lee gives way to one of Life of Pi’s most memorable moments. Not only a poignant scene in the film, this clip serves as an excellent promotional tool, too, offering up a taste of the film’s main assets – the main character’s resolve, the wildly impressive CGI and the stunning setting.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Banners Wow While ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ Recycles Old Images

In need of a good laugh? Go back and watch that Gary Busey blooper reel, then maybe watch this new “The Making of Piranha 3DD” from Funny or Die. It’s not that the gag isn’t funny; it just isn’t as funny as Busey making a fool of himself. Also offering up an amusing show is this set tour for Moonrise Kingdom. Technically it’s Bill Murray himself giving you the tour, but it definitely feels like he’s still in character to a degree and the construction of the video basically mimics the tone and comedy of the full feature.

Then, of course, we’ve got the first trailer for The Great Gatsby. What does it say about my education that I never came across a class that required me to read the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel? Anyway, whether you’re into the source material or not, there’s no denying that Baz Luhrmann has a visually magnificent piece of work here. On the other hand, while the action still looks cool in the new red band trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the film’s promotional campaign has yet to deliver any material that suggests the story’s got depth and the power to make an honest connection.

Speaking of making a connection, while Snow White and the Huntsman makes an honorable attempt at stepping outside the box by trying to make watching a trailer an interactive experience, watching a trailer isn’t really meant to be an element of multitasking.

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