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    Super Moderator Country: UK batman's Avatar
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    Meanwhile, back with Skyfall .......

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    Senior Member Country: Great Britain Mark O's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by christoph404 View Post
    Mark O, regarding the scenes in Scotland, the arial shot of Bond driving his DB5 is the main Road from Tyndrum to Glen Coe A82,heading North, and the section he is driving on is through Rannoch Moore which is a couple of miles before Glen Coe itself, as the camera pulls back you can see the distinctive "Black Mount" ( Buachaille Etive Mor) on the left of frame which is a dark ominous symmetrical shaped mountain, which is known as the guardian of Glen Coe. Along that road there is a turning to the left signposted Glen Etive,its a one track road that goes for about 14 miles and stops at Loch Etive itself so its a dead end so to speak. Its on this Road that Bond and M stop and get out of the DB5 for a contemplation, its also in this area that the set for Bond's family house was built in a clearing in a field! Your right about it being stunning, I've cycled both roads many times and camped along that Glen Etive road, its fairly remote which is why they chose it I guess.

    Thanks for the info on the Scottish locations Chris, it's much appreciated..

    The only part of Scotland I'm familiar with myself is the far north-east part, rented a cottage at Thurso once, and the drive along the north coast road to Tongue is ecstatic to a scenery lover as I, looks like the Glen Coe area is worth checking out, I love remoteness!

    I eventually realized the actual Skyfall house was a prop when all the explosive mayhem happened, but a very good prop, I really did think it was a real house at first..

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    Just caught the film this morning. IMHO it is the best of the Craig franchise. The two and a half hours flew by - always a good sign as I abhor padding in films. The reflective moments which some have found tedious I thought worked in the films favour. Mendes has stamped his own mark on the franchise and given the film a slightly different vibe. I liked Casino Royale but feel Craig has really grown into the part now.

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    Should also have said the product placement was a bit heavy handed ala Macallan (a great whisky IHMO) and they might as well have called the film after the malt itself.

    Great to see Albert Finney back on screen after his recent ill health.

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    Bloody brilliant!
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    I saw Skyfall yesterday afternoon ... and thought it was a rattling good thriller.

    The movie was extremely impressive: thrilling, thoughtful and poignant - a superb 50th anniversary entry to the canon of Bond on film. I loved the classy cinematography especially in Shanghai and Scotland. The Scottish setting, with the stunning aerial shots of glorious Aston Martin DB5, was very Fleming with touches of John Buchan. Good to see the reference to Bond's parents - and the climbing link (intentional or unintentional?) to Ralph Fiennes character of Mallory (of Everest fame).

    Daniel Craig was splendidly ruthless, athletic and suave with some good one-liners; and Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney were outstanding in their supporting roles. I thought Ralph Fiennes supporting performance was the finest I've seen in a Bond film for a very long time.

    I rated the film as very good ... very close to, but just falling short of excellent ... mainly because I thought, apart from the excellent Dame Judi, the female leads should have been more beautifully and dangerously memorable.

    The revenge themed script/dialogue was sharp, concise and clever ... and came close to the mission impossible task of matching an original Fleming story ... and in Silva, the writer's created a memorable, psychotic and inventively brilliant villain of which Fleming himself may well have approved.

    However, I still prefer On Her Majesty's Secret Service, From Russia With Love, Dr No, Casino Royale (2006) and Goldfinger.

    Nevertheless, the more I think about this nicely judged and detailed movie, the more I like it - and want to see it again. I wonder if the producers will ever consider adapting a Bond movie from the best-selling non-Fleming Bond novel ... perhaps that novel is yet to be written.
    Emma

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    It's a welcome return to form after the disappointment of QoS. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are excellent additions and when B�r�nice Marlohe turned up I was struck by how much she reminded me of Eva Green. I could have done without the self-referential Aston Martin stuff, but I suspect I'm alone in that

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    Quote Originally Posted by dremble wedge View Post
    I could have done without the self-referential Aston Martin stuff, but I suspect I'm alone in that
    I think you suspect quite correctly! Actually some of that referential stuff was a bit Austin Powers wasn't it, especially when he alludes to using the ejector seat...I think the film needed those lighter moments with the car, the DB5 is a character itself after all. A big cheer erupted from the audience in the cinema I was in when Bond opens the garage doors to reveal the gleaming DB5......its like the return of an old friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christoph404 View Post
    I think you suspect quite correctly! Actually some of that referential stuff was a bit Austin Powers wasn't it, especially when he alludes to using the ejector seat...I think the film needed those lighter moments with the car, the DB5 is a character itself after all. A big cheer erupted from the audience in the cinema I was in when Bond opens the garage doors to reveal the gleaming DB5......its like the return of an old friend.
    Oh yes I loved it too!

    But... It is a bit weird when you think about it. Bond has been keeping it in that garage since before Daniel Craig was born...

    The whole fictional character aging/ referring back to earlier incarnations/ rebooting franchise thang!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAEME View Post
    But... It is a bit weird when you think about it. Bond has been keeping it in that garage since before Daniel Craig was born...
    Surely Craig/Bond has only had it stored there since he won it from that bloke in Casino Royale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batman View Post
    Surely Craig/Bond has only had it stored there since he won it from that bloke in Casino Royale.
    Ah, so. But how did M know all about the ejector seat and so on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAEME View Post
    Ah, so. But how did M know all about the ejector seat and so on...
    Good point.

    Perhaps Q secretly modified it for Jimbo but told M too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batman View Post
    Good point.

    Perhaps Q secretly modified it for Jimbo but told M too.
    I think Bond has become like the Doctor, actually regenerating between incarnations and managing all sorts of time anomalies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAEME View Post
    I think Bond has become like the Doctor, actually regenerating between incarnations and managing all sorts of time anomalies...
    As long has he doesn't end up with a 'companion' called Amy Bond.

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    Senior Member Country: Great Britain Mark O's Avatar
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    I'm pretty sure Daniel is to play James Bond at least once more, that's the impression I had when I went to see the film for a second time, an absolutely brilliant Bond film, can't think of anyone who could fill his shoes, not out of the current crop of thirty somethings, they're all wimps.

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    Though one thing I'm wondering concerning the explosion at the MI6 building at Vauxhall, how did Silva (or his henchmen) actually get the bombs inside?, you can't just walk in there willy-nilly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark O View Post
      Spoiler:
    Though one thing I'm wondering concerning the explosion at the MI6 building at Vauxhall, how did Silva (or his henchmen) actually get the bombs inside?, you can't just walk in there willy-nilly.
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    There are easier ways to hit that place. Mainly from Vauxhall station


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    Quote Originally Posted by batman View Post
    Surely Craig/Bond has only had it stored there since he won it from that bloke in Casino Royale.
    The car he won in Casino Royale had Bahamas number plates and was left hand drive,just coincidence that it was the same make of car he left back in the lock up garage in London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christoph404 View Post
    The car he won in Casino Royale had Bahamas number plates and was left hand drive,just coincidence that it was the same make of car he left back in the lock up garage in London.
    The one he wins would almost certainly have had to be handed over to HMG - wouldn't have been right for him to keep it. Anyway - how would he get it home from the Bahamas?

    Quite how he got to keep the original from the sixties, I don't know! It was government property!

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    I have not dared suggest going to see this one as I spent most of the previous two in hysterical laughter, and the scene where Bond opened the glove compartment of his car - took out and self administered a defibrillator corpsed me completely. My friends threatened to throw me bodily from the cinema !

    Having read and enjoyed all the original Bond books - I find the films become progressively more ludicrous each time a new one is produced.

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    Dame Emma ...
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    So Dame Judi becomes the second Dame and 'Emma' to die in the arms of James Bond ... after Dame Diana's Tracy - 'Emma' Peel.

    Emma

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