a terrific addition to the 007 franchise. Like Casino Royale, it highlighted
the importance of the rebooted formula and landed as one of the
best Bond movies to date. With the help of Sam Mendes as Director, those
involved in the production of the twenty-third instalment negated the harsh
views that many had in relation to its predecessor, Quantum of Solace.
Mendes’ cooperation with cinematographer, Roger Deakins has shown to be one of
the main reasons for Skyfall’s praise with many viewing it as the most beautifully
filmed Bond movie at the time. So, why is Skyfall such as successful film and
why has it garnered thunderous applause for its cinematography?
two movies with Daniel Craig as the cold blooded and blunt secret agent, the
new and rebooted series of 007 movies were under threat of fading into
unpopularity amongst its fans. An incredibly fruitful introductory movie in the
form of Casino Royale was stained by its follow up sequel, Quantum of Solace.
The latter was a severe disappointment critically, proving to the higher-ups of
the Bond franchise that rushing the movie’s production with tight deadlines and
high demand in combination with the coincidental writers strike was not a good
investment, especially since many viewers were adamant to see if this new
rejuvenation of James Bond wasn’t just a fluke.
Solace was an underdeveloped and unpolished juxtaposition to the masterfully
crafted and atmospheric Casino Royale. They contrasted each other greatly in
terms of their cinematography and narrative which was realised through its
choppy editing and fast cuts, which disorientated and confused the audience.
Additionally, Forster’s intentions of exploring Bond as a character further
This left a lot to be desired for the next movie in the
franchise which was obviously unavoidable although it would be four years
before it was released. So what led to Skyfall's specific existence and how was it made? Let's start with the beginning of things...
5. Financial Trouble And Stagnancy
Studios was the media company responsible for producing and
distributing the movies in the 007 series. However, its financial troubles
hindered the production of Bond 23 for a long time. The company was
approximately $3.7 billion in debt by 2009. Because of these financial
problems, any production on Craig’s third movie had to be halted with the
uncertainty of whether bankruptcy was going to happen.
Eventually, MGM filed
for bankruptcy on 3 November 2010 which officially suspended any production on
the new Bond movie as well as any of its properties. The company eventually
emerged from their problem on 20 December 2010, however development of any of
their owned properties would take a long time to restart. But, the unnamed film
was given a release date of 9 November 2012. Although the delay did hinder the
production of Skyfall, it allowed for suspense and excitement to be built for
fans of the series who wanted to see another installment despite the
trepidation they may have held.
As time has
passed with every movie, the 007 franchise has entered periods of stagnancy
where long periods of time are taken before a release. This wasn’t always the
case as Sean Connery had starred in four Bond movies within four years.
Surprisingly, he had continued to act in other roles during this period
including parts movies, Marine and The Hill. Roger Moore’s movies began to
highlight a change in production times with his seven movies with waiting times
straying between two and three years.
There had been a six-year gap between
Timothy Dalton’s, License to Kill and Goldeneye in which Pierce Brosnan
replaced him. This drastic change in the times between movies would not only
hurt income for those involved but also the wellbeing and satisfaction of the
cast, especially whoever was playing Bond.
this four-year hiatus of the franchise allowed Craig to establish himself as a
diverse actor in other roles although he was already relatively well known
before his casting as Bond. Yet, Casino Royale had elevated Craig to a position
of priority and his acting talents in such a profitable movie made him an
enticing target for other projects.
After Quantum, Craig performed in movies
such as Defiance, Cowboys and Aliens and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and his performances in these movies only built further suspense for the next movie. Nevertheless, Bond 23 had a release date and production would need to quickly
speed up in order to meet this deadline. But what was still needed was a