Having seen Skyfall
twice make that three times now! I couldn’t help but notice how many times the word “bloody” is used throughout the film. I am sure this is seen as a big British word but it really does feature a lot. Hence the title of this blog post, it possibly is the most British Bond film to date with a lot of the scenes being in and around London, with a trip to Scotland as well so the UK is very well used in this film. (But don’t worry some other places are involved too).
I will admit that back in 2006 and the release of Casino Royale I jumped on the Daniel Craig bandwagon, but that didn’t mean I would just wait for his next films to come out. I went back and tried to watch as many as his back catalogue of films as possible. So I decided that the next feature on my 7 Things would be 7 Daniel Craig films you should see, not including any of the Bond films! He has appeared in a very wide variety of films and took on many different types of roles.
The time eventually arrived for Bond to return to the big screen, a third outing as 007 for Daniel Craig. The hype and build up around this film has been incredible, along with it being 50 years of James Bond everyone has been talking about this film.
The weekend in London was very successful and I even ended up featuring in the new Bond film Skyfall as I was about to go in Harrods. From no where James Bond appeared with a gun . . .
Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond . . . We go back to the very beginning and in his first mission as a 00 agent, Bond must stop Le Chiffre a banker with very high stakes on a poker game.
As we are gearing up to James Bond’s 23rd cinema outing Skyfall at the end of this month, everything is Bond! Last week Adele reached number 1 with the single of the same name for the up and coming film, with a very traditional Bond theme! Daniel Craig is back for his 3rd outing, but Sky Movies have also got involved by having a whole Movie channel devoted to 007. Showing every film, over and over again! Brilliant build up to Skyfall’s release. I am going to attend to review the other 22 Bond films before the release of Skyfall . . . It is going to be a difficult task but I am going to try!!! 007
But who is your favorite Bond?
Official James Bond films
- Dr. No (1962-Sean Connery) – REVIEW
- From Russia With Love (1963-Sean Connery) – REVIEW
- Goldfinger (1964-Sean Connery) - REVIEW
- Thunderball (1965-Sean Connery) - REVIEW
- You Only Live Twice (1967-Sean Connery) - REVIEW
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969-George Lazenby) -REVIEW
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971-Sean Connery) — REVIEW
- Live and Let Die (1973-Roger Moore) - REVIEW
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974-Roger Moore) - REVIEW
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977-Roger Moore) - REVIEW
- Moonraker (1979-Roger Moore) - REVIEW
- For Your Eyes Only (1981-Roger Moore) - REVIEW
- Octopussy (1983-Roger Moore) - REVIEW
- A View to a Kill (1985-Roger Moore) - REVIEW
- The Living Daylights (1987-Timothy Dalton) - REVIEW
- Licence to Kill (1989-Timothy Dalton) - REVIEW
- GoldenEye (1995-Pierce Brosnan) - REVIEW
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997-Pierce Brosnan) - REVIEW
- The World is Not Enough (1999-Pierce Brosnan) - REVIEW
- Die Another Day (2002-Pierce Brosnan) - REVIEW
- Casino Royale (2006-Daniel Craig) - REVIEW
- Quantum of Solace (2008-Daniel Craig) - REVIEW
- Skyfall (November 2012-Daniel Craig) - REVIEW
- Never Say Never Again (1983-Sean Connery) - REVIEW
Danny Boyle took on the task of doing the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. A film theme was seen throughout as it celebrated the best of British. Everything from well-known and loved actors, songs, films and athletes were all involved from start to finish.
The ceremony focused on how England has changed and developed over the years, with countryside to start with and then what happened as the industrial revolution hit and brought all the way up to the present day and how social media has now taken over everyday life. It really was just breathtaking and incredible to watch. The appearance from Kenneth Branagh near the start and his small speech from Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ was just fantastic, he looked so proud to be there and involved so happy which made it even better to watch.
We were never really sure what was going to happen next and which direction the show was going to head in. We had a brilliant performance from Rowan Atkinson as his very famous character Mr Bean with a Chariots of Fire piece. It really was so funny. Helping to show the sense of humour side to Britain which was talked about as being very important from the off. The vision from Boyle was truly amazing to come up with all of the different things. Mary Poppins defeating Lord Voldemort and J.K Rowling reading an extract from Peter Pan.
My favorite part came when Daniel Craig as James Bond was shown with the Queen and her greeting of “Good Evening Mr Bond” was just incredible. As he then escorted her to the opening in such incredible style, making it look like she jumped out of the helicopter to get there. Showing that The Queen really does have a sense of humour and willing to get involved in an amazing show.
After the unbelievable spectacle that we saw unfold the athletes were to come in and that took so long, tweets at that point were rather amusing and spot on that it was like a Geography lesson when countries we had never heard of kept appearing. I didn’t think I knew that few countries as we started a guessing game at each letter and I don’t think we ever got them all right!
Waiting the arrival of Team GB and as it got closer you could hear the crowd getting more excited as that meant we would eventually find out who was going to light the flame and what it was going to look like! But after Team GB lead by Chris Hoy arrived we did not have long to wait. With David Beckham passing the flame onto Sir Steve Redgrave but that wasn’t it. He carried the flame into the stadium but along with other brilliant Olympians they passed torches and flames onto some promising young athletes which kept in with the theme of inspiring a generation which I found to be an incredible touch to it all. The flame was amazing as well as it all lit up and then formed a huge flame as it all lifted together another breathtaking moment which became even more breathtaking as the incredible fireworks began!
This brought a cue for the ending and what better way that a British anthem . . . Hey Jude was to be sung, which would and should have been incredible but Sir Paul McCartney really seems to be struggling now. If only they had kept the Artic Monkeys around to help him sing it. It really was a brilliant idea for the ending though, as we waited and waited for Hey Jude at the Queen’s Jubilee concert.
Overall though it was a truly incredible opening ceremony, so moving from start to finish and such an amazing way to start the 2012 Olympic Games. Really proud to be British!
Come on Team GB!
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.
A family moves into a new house but everything is not as it seems when it unfolds that a family was killed in the house years earlier.
A film which appears to be a normal Western/Cowboy film is not as it first appears when a spacecraft is spotted with Alien’s taking away people from different small towns.
I actually watched a trailer last week for this film and thought it was a fan made one, turns out it was the red band trailer as well. This green band trailer is not much different, just some nudity and more violent scenes cut out.
In all honesty though I am really not too fused on this trailer at all, I think the music is too much and so many different clips are shown. I’ve read the book so have more of an idea what is going on, but what about the audience who haven’t read the book or heard about them. (Which I would have thought would be a lot) – The trailer doesn’t really tell them anything about the film. I’m assuming another trailer will be released as well, building on this one? Well I hope so!
Just when I thought no poster would get me excited like the constant release of Harry Potter posters, the first posters are released for ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. I was a very big fan of the book (and have the Swedish version on DVD to watch). Very curious how they are going to do this film with the subject matters and it being so mainstream. Plus I do love Daniel Craig!
As we are entering June, the summer films are going to be coming out thick and fast over the next couple of months. Let’s have a look and see what we have to look forward to! As with most summer films, a lot seem to be based around comic books. We have another installment from X-Men (hopefully doing better than Wolverine) and the much anticipated Captain America: The First Avenger, which is the last film in the build up to ‘The Avengers’ which is due out next year. A couple of comedies thrown in. But let’s face it, this summer is about the final Harry Potter film, part 2 of the Deathly Hallows. The end of the franchise after 10 years since it all began.
It doesn’t seem that many out and out romantic comedies are going for a summer release (unless of course I have missed them). Definitely more for the action and adventure angle this summer!
What films are you looking forward to most this summer?
The latest blogathon event around the film-blogging world is ‘A Life in Movies’ this quite simply means I have picked a film from each since I was born. That year being 1987. The approach I have taken to this post is to document the films which have meant something to me. Mainly from that time (although the first couple of years will be that I watched them when old enough to remember).
I always enjoy doing blog posts like this one as it always lets you take a trip down memory lane when it comes to certain films. Also the thought of then posting them the same day as many other blogs and then having the chance to compare and see if they have chosen any of the same films in their list as well.
Most of the films in my list consist of my most watched films ever. Mainly because of over watching as a child and not being able to pass the film over if it is on TV now. So here goes my life in movies . . .
Ok so I have slightly caved and decided to admit for at least this blog post that I am a romantic at heart . . . by making a list of love movie quotes that I would love a man to say to me! But I had decided not to place them in a 1-10 order, as they are all in the list for the same reason of thinking that it would be just lovely for a man to say them to me. Yes some are very cheesy! But I guess I do have to conform at some point for some Valentine’s Day slushiness!!!
“You complete me” (Jerry Maguire, 1996)
Who wouldn’t want a man to inform them that you complete them . . . not something that they are going to tell you ever day. As corny as this is, I still love it!
I am pretty sure I remember reading about this ages ago, that women voted Daniel Craig the most popular choice to have as an ice lolly. Let’s be honest I would be in that group of those people who would vote for Daniel! If you regularly read my blog or if not, the picture should tell you all. I love Daniel Craig! and I want one of these ice lolly’s even if it is freezing outside and we have loads of snow!
Who would pass up on the chance to lick Daniel all over?
After a few weeks of speculation and having nearly ever actress in Hollywood linked to the role of Lisbeth Salander for the Hollywood 2011 version of the millennium trilogy. It has been announced that relatively unknown actress Rooney Mara will be taking on the massive task of bringing Salander to the big screen in the English/American version of the franchise. Most recently Mara was in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Youth in Revolt. I am finding it quite positive that she is quite an unknown quantity as it should make it easier to bring Salander to life.
Mara joins Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard and Robin Wright Penn who have been cast in the film thus far. I am still looking forward to see who will be in the more minor yet important roles in the film.
Another day, another possible part cast in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. The latest news is that Robin Wright Penn is in talks to take on the role of Erika Berger. Who is the long time occasional lover of Daniel Craig’s character Mikael Blomkvist, and editor of Millenium magazine.
I think this would be good casting as I can really see her in the role of Berger.
What does everyone else think?
The latest news I have read around the web is that Daniel Craig is desperate for a Bond return (I share those feelings, I want Daniel back as Bond!). A few weeks or months ago Bond 23 was suspended indefinitely due to the crisis at MGM. Daniel Craig has come out saying he wants to return as the 007 agent in another installment of Bond, which would most probably be his last.
I am sure a lot of people really want to see Daniel return as Bond, who agrees with me?
Well it seems that I must have nothing something good recently and getting my reward in the form of Daniel Craig news and now a picture from next year’s film Cowboys & Aliens. He does look very Indiana Jones like in this picture. I am having Daniel Craig overload (again) which is actually brilliant. Especially when Quantum of Solace was on TV the other night and I just had to watch it. I am starting to think I should have a Daniel Craig film night, I do have a lot of his films on DVD! Maybe even a Daniel Craig blog-fest, well that ship may have already sailed with the amount of posts about Daniel being a few in as many days!
Daniel Craig has been confirmed as Mikael Bromkvist in the Hollywood version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and now the attention will be turning to who will play the part of Lisabeth Salander! And this is exactly what this blog post is going to have a look into, who has already been linked with the part and who would be the best choice. All of the actresses who have been linked with the role are young and have quite a lot of critical acclaim towards them. However, for each actress that I will be looking at for the role none of them have ever played a character anything like Salander. I’m not saying that Salander is common by no means, she is a very complex character tough, rather kick ass and has an attitude. When you see the actresses considered for the role you will understand that they have not done that type of role which makes this all so much more difficult to try and imagine them being a very strong woman. Who has to endure a lot but then gets to have her revenge as well. It is going to be a very difficult and challenging role for whoever is lucky enough to get the part!
Noomi Rapace who took on the task of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version’s of the triology has ruled herself out of this film stating that she is quite simply done with the character. Understandable really as she won’t have enough ‘star power’ for a mainstream film which will attract the audiences.