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).
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 . . .
The one after Sean Connery . . . It was always going to be difficult for another actor to step into the role George Lazenby attempted to in this film. He is regarded as the worst Bond and only made one film.
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!
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?
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?
The latest news about the Hollywood remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” are that Daniel Craig has been cast in the lead role as Mikael Blomkvist. This comes as very exciting news as with another Bond film looking very unlikely any new role for Daniel is good news for me. I have been such a big fan of his for a few years now.
David Fincher has signed on to direct the trilogy of films. My task now is to read all of the books, which I have had for months now, actually I have owned The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for a few years now since it’s release but have not read it all. After reading that book, I shall definitely watch the Swedish version before this film comes out. At least I have a year and a half before this film is due for release.
Anyone have any opinions on the book, first film and/or this remake? Especially the casting of Daniel Craig?
I shall be posting more in relation to this film/book franchise as I get into reading them.
Today’s quote shows that James Bond is indeed human and comes from Casino Royale.
Vesper – “You’re not going to let me back in there are you? You’ve got your armor back on that’s that.”
James – “I have no armor left. You’ve stripped it from me. Whatever is left of me – whatever is left of me – whatever I am – I’m yours.”
Now into the top5 . . . in fifth place is a more recent favorite of mine . . . Craig . . . Daniel Craig
Now we are into the top 20 !!!
So here are the next 5 in my list . . .
I always love it when British films do well, so that they stormed the box office in 2008 is just brilliant !!!
Batman and James Bond helped make 2008 a bumper year for U.K. movies – British films raked in more than $3.75 billion (£2.5 billion) at the global box office last year.
The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, was the top earner, with just over $1 billion (£666 million) in sales and Quantum Of Solace took $576 million (£384 million) worldwide.
Abba movie musical Mamma Mia!, featuring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, also proved a box office smash, taking $602 million (£401 million) since its release in July.
Other Brit films in the top 10 earners of 2008 include fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian which took $419 million (£279 million) and The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Natalie Portman, which garnered $75 million (£50 million).
John Woodward of the U.K. Film Council says, “That’s a phenomenal achievement and a measure of film’s contribution to the wider economy.”
Movies are classified as British if they meet criteria on whether the stars, directors, producers and funding come from the U.K.