Coming this November, James Bond will make his 23rd appearance on the screen in Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes with Javier Bardem playing the villain and actresses Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe doubling up to play the ever-present “Bond girl.” The film’s release will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise. If you haven’t seen the action-packed trailer as of yet, check it out below.
High octane stunts, glamorous locations, and high-tech gadgets are just a few of the signature themes in any given Bond film. But what makes 007 is the cast of characters that he surrounds himself with, such as those seen in the trailer: M, the head of MI6; Q, the head of research and development, as well as the aforementioned Bond girl (or girls) and villain.
At a Commonwealth Club event that occurred in conjunction with the release of the Skyfall trailer, author Kurt Andersen discussed how we see characters from the Bond films in everyday life– whether it’s a terrorist mastermind trying to undermine a Western government, the happenings of a larger than life celebrity.