Skyfall Official Teaser Trailer…Deconstructed

22nd May 2012

The first Skyfall (next installment of Daniel Craig’s James Bond) teaser trailer was released yesterday on www.007.com, and I immediately checked it out. Casino Royale was the promising start of Daniel Craig’s psychological James Bond, who, though good with the ladies, was not exactly the double-entendre-spouting Sean Connery Bond or the debonaire, light-hearted Pierce Brosnan of years past. Casino Royale was much truer to Fleming’s original novel, which I had a great time reading and discussing through Lit Housewife’s Shaken Not Stirred Challenge, and I was eager to see where the franchise would go. Unfortunately, Quantum of Solace was a dud. It boasted a half-hearted story line, an oil-slicked dead girl, and a nonsensical plot.

Since then, I’ve waited impatiently for the next film. Monday’s teaser trailer was…well, just a tease. As is typical with these trailers, you really have no sense of “story” – instead, you just get to see some action shots in no particular order. Make sure you check the teaser trailer out first, but I wanted to go through it for fun to see what we can expect come November.

The script:

Country…England

Gun…Shot

Agent…Provocateur

Murder…Employment

Skyfall…Done

[Lot of loud, staccato music but no Bond theme.]

“Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.”

Yeah, I really don’t like that weird word association business. I feel like I’m studying for the GRE. I almost thought it was a joke at first. But no. And then the classic Bond, calm and calculating in the last line. Now to the images:

Bond in London, a company man watching over his city much like a caped hero. Requisite tourist landmarks in full view. Union Jack flying high.

There we go. Good job, trailer-making people. You know what we want to see. Bond in profile. Strength and masculinity on display.

This guy doesn’t look all that dangerous. Oh, wait. He’s not real, it’s just target practice, but if this is Bond’s work I’m scared as the shots are far from the target.

Interrogation room. Stark, cold light. If this old dude is the villain, I think we’re ok. Interrogation room almost looks like a hospital, and thus I am creeped out because it feels like the beginnings of a horror flick. Moving on…

Ralph Fiennes is giving M a look. No, He Who Must Not Be Named! She wasn’t in HP; that was Maggie Smith. Leave her be!

Because don’t you stand like that in your dress clothes, hair whipping away from your face in an exotic locale? No? Just me. Alrighty then.

Get ’em, Bond. Is it me, or does that look like headquarters? Brandishing a gun there doesn’t seem smart, 007. M is going to be pissed…

Yikes. That’s a lot of Union Jack and a lot of coffins. Really great shot, particularly with the bright colors, and the flag lining up all the way down between the columns and one dark figure off center.

There’s the exotic locale of earlier. Swank, debonaire, tuxedoed Bond arriving with fanfare. Fireworks, Chinese lanterns and dragon. Chinese New Year, perhaps? Great, great shot, even if it is a bit cliche. Fits into the Bond trope well, though, exoticising Asia and its cultures.

She certainly doesn’t look dangerous. P.S. Her name is Eve. Watch out for the golden apple, James.

Back in Britain. Run, James, run. Heaven forbid you do that in a jogging suit on the sidewalk.

Falling….

Skyyyy….

Skyfall…

Isle of Skye. Ok, really I have no clue where this is, but isn’t it lovely? M and Bond, what are you up to?

Destruction.

This reminds me of the “floating head” portraits of the 80s. Then again, I love the light on Bond’s face. Casino Royale made great use of lighting, and shots like these emphasize the “thinking Bond” – as I like to call him.

More destruction. Not Bond. How do I know? DC doesn’t do shaggy. Ahh, this must be Javier. This could also be Edward Fairfax Rochester watching Thornfield burn..whoops, wrong film.

And there we have it, folks.

Wait! Not yet. We need some crazy graphics and a big gun and silencer before we go.

And an Angry Bug Volkswagen game. Slug bug, no returns!

Bond isn’t passive aggressive. This time it’s SkyJUMP.

There’s that chiseled jawline. It’s time to get down to business. Of course, I have no idea what that business is.

And…scene.

It’s interesting to watch these teaser trailers. I’d almost rather wait for an actual trailer to have a better idea if I’m looking at a Casino Royale or Quantum of Solace, but I guess I’ll have to wait a bit. Either way, I’ll see it. Even though QoS was, in my opinion, a really bad film, I still enjoy the interpretation more than any of the other films to date. There’s none of the spoofy, 60s schtick, which thus far, I haven’t seen in Fleming’s writing. If you’re at all interested in reading the novels, make sure you head over to the Shaken Not Stirred Challenge blog.

So what say you? Any insights? Thoughts? Ramblings?

Other Picky Girl Posts on Bond:
Dr. No by Ian Fleming
Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming
Moonraker by Ian Fleming
Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

  • I have never seen a Bond movie.

    Not the Connery ones. Not the Brosnan ones. I’m woefully ignorant on anything Fleming, though I sure did enjoy see Daniel Craig’s backside during one of the previews on television.

    I’ve heard y’all chatting about the Shaken, Not Stirred Challenge, but I’d assumed it was over. Will head over to check it out.

    ANd yes, he’s a looker, isn’t he? He played a fantastic Ted Hughes in Sylvia.

    • No Bond EVER? Wow. I don’t even know how that’s possible. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Definitely check it out. It’s been fun, though I haven’t been able to stay on schedule the last couple of months.

      And ohmygoodness, yes, he’s a looker.

    • heidenkind

      Whaaaaaaaat? You should. Get Dr. No, stat!

  • Dogearedcopy

    It’s really interesting top see how you interpreted the scenes. My take was that he’s in a holding cell in the UK, having undergone something like brainwashing or amnesia and they are using word prompts to help him recall what happened. He was deep undercover and he was succesful; but no one had anticipated the full impact of that success…

    • Hmmm. Now that IS interesting. I can see it. For sure. It is his voice.

  • Awesome post! I can’t wait to see the movie! The trailer manages to be totally cool without telling you one darn thing!

    • Exactly, Ti! So frustrating and so exciting at the same time.

  • heidenkind

    I think this post is pretty freaking brilliant. I didn’t watch the trailer because, let’s face it, I’m going to watch it anyway and the plot will be nonsensical either way. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hey, you know what you should read? Anne Stuart’s Ice series. They’re like Bond movies but with even sexier men.

    • *Takes a bow* Thank you, my dear. But but but…Casino Royale wasn’t nonsensical. That’s why I heart it so very much.

      And thank you. I’m adding these to my Goodreads account NOW.

  • This is FANTASTIC! Such a great idea! You should always examine Daniel Craig frame by frame, inch by inch, part by part, er, where was I? Wait, I think *I’ve* been brainwashed. Throw me in the cell with Bond!

    • Hahahahaha! Exactly. It’s the *only* way to fully appreciate the man. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is brilliant (thanks to Tasha for sending me here). I’m so excited about this film and I definitely hope it is more “Casino Royale” than “Quantum,” but since QoS still had Craig going for it…well that is nothing to sneeze at. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks so much, Ruth! I’m so glad you dropped by, and as you say, I’ll be reasonably happy regardless, but I have high hopes. Sam Mendes is no slouch, either.

  • Wonderful de-construction, PG. It’s interestingly that whoever did this trailer had those flag-draped coffins following the shooting walk-through by our man Craig. Some great screen-caps and commentary, btw. The Harry Potter reference was classic. As I mentioned to @flixchatter , Craig has a more brutish look and demeanor in this teaser. Whatever the story has for us, it’s not going to be boring. Well done.

    • So right. It makes me nervous because I really do think he’s in headquarters in that scene. I couldn’t resist the Voldemort reference. It was too fun.
      And as for the film itself, you’re right. Never boring,. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Yvette

    You got a new header! I like it. But then I liked the other one too. Why do we keep tinkering with our blogs? Maybe cause it’s FUN!

    Well, I now feel as if I don’t have to watch the ‘teasers’ since your post did the trick.

    That looks like the Isle of Skye or maybe mainland Scotland.

    Anyway, I so agree with you about QUANTUM OF SOLACE, what a disappointment. It was – dare I say it? – BORING. But I still consider CASINO ROYALE the best of the Bond flicks. Second best: GOLDFINGER.

    Ever since I read a quicky interview with Daniel Craig in Vanity Fair, I’ve come to the realization that he’s pretty much a grump in reality. But he makes a good Bond.

    • Yvette! Yea, a film junkie agrees with me about QoS. Disappointing, all around. And you know, honestly, Daniel Craig can be a grumpus all he wants if he keeps looking like that. ๐Ÿ™‚ And yeah, I think he’s an excellent Bond.

      As far as the blog, yeah – I needed a change. I had wanted one for quite some time.

  • Great breakdown. I have to be honest, after sitting through Moonraker, I knew would always be able to watch any James Bond movie at least once, no matter how bad it is (some of the later Brosnan plots really tested that promise). As always, I am eager for another Craig as Bond outing,

    The trailer I am most eager to hear you review though is The Great Gatsby!

    • I am so glad to find another Bond groupie. I was the same way. I watched them all, but I just didn’t LOVE them. When I saw Casino Royale, that all changed.

      And you’ve inspired me! Look for the Great Gatsby trailer review coming soon to A BLOG NEAR YOU! (Couldn’t resist.)

  • Jenna

    Love the trailer play-by-play review! I’ve never been a huge fan of the franchise, but I do enjoy me some Daniel Craig!

    However, I’m a little dismayed at the recent development that Bond will now supposedly be drinking Heineken instead of his signature cocktails. Is nothing sacred anymore? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Jenna! It’s odd. I watched the movies, but I didn’t love them. Reading Fleming (and watching Casino Royale) totally changed that for me. I recommend reading him if you get the chance.

      But what’s this about Heineken? I don’t think I can get on board with that product placement.

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