I later went to a movie.
6October2012 I summarized half a century of James Bond. The latest, Skyfall, was well reviewed. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie 91% on the Tomatometer (average of reviews) and 91% on audience rating. For full details go to Wikipedia, as my critique only touches on interesting facets.
Daniel Craig has already signed on for them.
What I liked about Skyfall were Istanbul, Shanghai (top)and Macau.
The obligatory casino (I think it was the floating Palace) sequence was inside this Macao scene. London was too boring.
Those nostalgic reprises were also noteworthy. The Aston Martin DB5 was first used in the 1964 Goldfinger. Shirley Bassey's version of this song was memorable. I couldn't identify with Adele's Skyfall, which she wrote. Why was the movie called Skyfall? That is the name of the Bond family mansion, shown here with that car:
he was Daddy Warbucks in Annie--go ahead, click on it, for he sings" Tomorow" with Annie) appears. Good performance.
There was also the return of Q, you know, the guy that gives Bond all those gadgets. This time it was a very young and webby Ben Wishaw.
According to Fleming, Bond was supposed to look like Hoagy Carmichael in his mid to late 30's. Watch him (Hoagy) sing his song, Stardust. Not quite the Bond voice. The 007 is a bit complicated, but it had something to do with English spy John Dee cracking the German code during World War II.
name James Bond was borrowed from an American ornithologist of the same name, for Ian Fleming (right) was a birdwatcher. In fact, from the liquor drunk to the cigarettes smoked to links with the secret service, Fleming was largely fantasizing from his lifestyle and professional life. There was of course a martini scene:
Bond also drank shots of tequila with a poisonous scorpion on his wrist:
With all my carping, all in all, I can still highly recommend SkyFall. It is 143 minutes long, so you get your money's worth. I splurged with a choice seat in the Ward Titan XC theater, which was only about half full.