James Bond has never looked more out of character in the newly released trailer forÂ Sam Mendesâ directed Skyfall, and it looks awesome. Instead of seeing a suave, gun-toting, martini-drinking British playboy, this new trailer opens on an interrogationÂ of 007 by an unknown government official, with M behind one-way glass. ListeningÂ to a series of word associations, itâs clear that this is a psychological evaluationÂ of Mr. Bond. We hear: âCountry?â âEngland.â âGun?â âShot.â Etc, until we hear theÂ word: âSkyfall?â Bond doesnât answer. âSkyfall?â After a brief pause and a familiarÂ icy stare by Daniel Craig, he answers, âDone.â
Already, we know that this is not going to be an ordinary Bond flick that weâre soÂ used to seeing. Sure, there are various shots of exotic places that 007 gets to travelÂ regularly, a glimpse of one of the Bond girls, played by Naomi Harris, first seen asÂ the bad-toothed voodoo lady from the Pirates franchise, and a few shots of BondÂ using his favorite Walther PP7. But as the trailer progresses, things quickly startÂ looking unfamiliar. Thereâs a row of caskets blanketed by the Union Jack, a trainÂ crashing through a subway station, and a building engulfed in flames as a shadowyÂ figure, that we can only assume is our new Bond villain played by Javier Bardem,Â marches towards the camera.
The only thing this trailer doesnât convince of is that this is a typical Bond movie.Â Even the revamped Casino Royale had a Bond flavor when the trailers first cameÂ out. This feels like some insane hybrid of 007, Die Hard, and The Dark Knight, andÂ itâs never looked more awesome. For a trailer that barely reaches two minutes, itÂ says so much about whatâs to come in this latest 007 installment, and yet leavesÂ everything to the imagination. What the hell will Bond do next?
The trailer for Skyfall is embedded below. It hits theaters October 24th.