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Watch: Full Trailer For Sam Mendes' James Bond Film 'Skyfall' With Daniel Craig & Javier Bardem

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by Oliver Lyttelton
July 31, 2012 9:00 AM
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Update: Two new images, including the first official of Bardem in character, have been added, along with a second US trailer with a slightly different cut.

Now that we're coming to the end of summer blockbuster season, many eyes are turning towards the fall line-up, and while there's the usual selection of prestige fare there, we're not exactly going to be starving for blockbusters. "The Hobbit," "Jack Reacher," "Breaking Dawn Pt. 2" -- all films with the potential to be huge without necessarily troubling Academy voters. But one of the most anticipated of all is "Skyfall," the 23rd official James Bond film, which hits in November.

Bond movies are always eagerly awaited, but this one particularly so, given that it marks the 50th anniversary year of James Bond on screen, that it's four years since 007 was on screen, and that the film has a higher caliber of talent involved than ever, with Oscar-winner Sam Mendes directing, Oscar nominee John Logan writing the script, and Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris among those joining Daniel Craig and Judi Dench in the cast.

Hot on the heels of Bond's cameo at the Olympics last Friday, producers unveiled a brand new full-length trailer on their 007.com site, and it looks pretty damn terrific. After the disappointing "Quantum Of Solace," we've needed our faith restored a little, and this seems to be taking us places we've not been before with the character -- faking his death, a very personal threat to MI6 and M -- but with all of the action expected of a film released in 2012. 

There's a little more plot revelation here -- a missing list of undercover agents (a la the first "Mission: Impossible"), a vengeful villain -- but the trailer is probably most notable for bigger hints of some of the new characters. Ben Whishaw looks very promising in his brief moments as the new Q, Bond girls Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe look to be more than holding their own, but most memorable of all is Javier Bardem as the villain: blonde, leering, and at one point contained in a Hannibal Lecter-style glass cage, he seems to fall somewhere between Anton Chigurh and Blofeld, and we can't wait to see him butt heads with 007.

All in all, there's very little not to like here: hopefully the thrills of "Casino Royale" have been captured by Mendes for Craig's third outing in the tux. "Skyfall" hits theaters in Europe on October 26th before coming to the U.S. on November 9th.

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6 Comments

  • lenij | August 1, 2012 7:02 AMReply

    This looks really promising especially with Ben Whishaw and Javier Bardem in the cast. Whishaw should make more movies. Been a while last I saw him was in Criminal Justice and Perfume.

  • Mike | July 31, 2012 5:30 PMReply

    *MI6, MI5 is Britain's domestic intelligence agency.

  • bbbrr | July 31, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    It looks like the Bond films aren't afraid to be Bond films anymore. The last two were too cautious in their approach; afraid to not be Bourne films. They shied away from big spectacle and big characters, but this one looks like they're back in business. I'm really looking forward to this now.

  • Robert | July 31, 2012 11:48 AMReply

    Look'in good. Should bring the series back in good standing after the awful Quantam of Solace.

  • MK | August 1, 2012 1:08 AM

    Um, Quantum was a kick arse movie, don't know what u and the writer are talking about.

  • JD | July 31, 2012 9:26 AMReply

    Looks good, looks like a winner that will take Bond back to the heights that Casino Royale propelled the franchise to in 2006 and was then lost with the disapointing Quantam of Solace, Mendes + a Superior Cast -Bardem as the villian, Winshaw as Q and a cast of beauties is going to give MGM a very happy Christmas.

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