When it comes to blockbusters, there is always a certain time window a few months in advance of the release date when you know that a teaser trailer is imminent. With Skyfall, the latest installment of the James Bond franchise, due out on November 9th, that means that we are in that window now. While it has not yet been announced when the trailer will either be arriving online or in theaters, I can tell you that it’s been completed. How can I tell you that? Because I’ve just seen it.
All this week I have been reporting from the annual event known as CinemaCon in Las Vegas and I have just walked out of the Sony presentation where they world premiered the first teaser for Sam Mendes’ Skyfall and I must say that I was impressed.
The trailer begins with a shot of Bond (Daniel Craig) from behind looking at the city of London. Then we hear someone in a voice-over say the word “Country” and Bond saying, “England.” It seems he is playing some sort of word association game. We then hear the mystery voice say “Gun” and Bond replies “Shot” as we view a target at the end of a shooting range. We then see that 007 is in an interrogation room where he is being asked the questions and being watched by Ralph Fiennes and some other people through two-way mirrors. The man sitting in front of Bond says “Agent,” and the superspy replies “Provocateur.” As more images flash on the screen the word association game continues: “Murder” “Employment.” The music then drops out as we flash back to the interrogation room and the man running the test says. “Skyfall.” After a pause, Bond says, “Done,” and stands up from the table. Another huge montage begins and we see shots of helicopters, giant fireballs causing a mysterious silhouette, shots of the Shanghai nightlife, Bond standing over a long row of coffins draped with the flag of England, and a subway car crashing through a tunnel wall with incredible force. As the trailer comes to an end we hear Bond say, “Someone is coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.”
From beginning to end the trailer was impressive and had a very slick look to it that we don’t typically see from Mendes’ movies. While it all came in flashes, the movie looks like it is very action packed and tense. As excited as I was for Skyfall going into the presentation, I’m even more excited now.
While I’m not entirely sure when the trailer will be available for you to see, it’s worth noting that Sony is putting out Men in Black III in late May, so it’s possible we’ll see it then (if not earlier). In the meantime, to see more from the new 007 film head over to our Blend Film Database.
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