The James Bond Family

James Bond series

We are James Bond Family! Ciaaaaat! No no no, it was joke haha. But, I tell ya, we are James Bond addicted. We have been waiting for four years for Skyfall, ahhh we love James Bond so much! So, when the Skyfall movie, which is the James Bond series out in cinema, yes, we can’t wait anymore. We went to cinema and darn it all to hell, the Skyfall movies was really great! And the opening of the movie, yes you rite, lol. The opening of the movie started with James Bond falls off a bridge with backsound Adele’s song, Skyfall. What a great combination!

Daniel Craig as James Bond
Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva

Skyfall is the 23rd film in the 50-year-old Bond series and absolutely Skyfall is the best Bond yet! There, I said it.

For Craig’s third outing as the MI6 operative, he stars here opposite the best Bond girl yet; Judi Dench’s ‘M’. Although the painfully beautiful Berenice Marlohe had been pushed as the front and centre femme fatale, it’s actually ‘M’ who stands out here, acting as the emotional anchor of the film. With Dench’s character on the cusp of forced retirement, Skyfall’s plot brings everything that bit closer to home, adding a layer of sentimentality not usually found in a Bond film. With the safety of MI6 under threat now more than ever, Craig faces the best villain since Blofeld, that being Bardem’s Raoul Silva. Though not introduced until half way through the film (a brave move to say the least) Bardem brings something new to Bond; a very authentic sense of the foreboding, akin to Batman’s Bane. What’s more, he’s pretty damn funny too.

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Beautifully shot by Roger Deakins (No Country For Old Men, Revolutionary Road) with a whopper score from Thomas Newman, Mendes squarely hits the nail on many levels. The back and forth between M and Bond is fantastic (even with Bond atop a train, grappling with his first target, the banter fails to wane) while the respectful nods to earlier films – among which a slick vintage motor is included – are a treat. The edge-of-your-seat action scenes are as impressive as you’d expect, with one in particular making you less than excited about your next experience on the London Underground.

Studio 21
Ticket of the Skyfall movie at Studio 21

What’s most commendable about Skyfall however, is the blue-eyed blonde haired Bond, Daniel Craig. Granting us access to the more personal details of his past while demonstrating that he hasn’t got the emotional depth of a rock, Craig shines through the complexity of this role. While his character’s physical and mental state may be somewhat worse for wear here, Craig himself is certainly on top form.

And now, I’m gonnalead you to Adele’s song, SKYFALL! I love Skyfall by Adele so much! You gotta love too, pals hihih. Here the lyrics of Skyfall by Adele and I’m gonna tell you the meaning of that.

SKYFALL

This is the end
Hold your breath and count to ten
Feel the earth move and then
Hear my heart burst again

For this is the end
I’ve drowned and dreamt this moment
So overdue I owe them
Swept away, I’m stolen

Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together

Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together
At skyfall
Sad skyfall

Skyfall is where we start
A thousand miles and poles apart
Where worlds collide and days are dark
You may have my number, you can take my name
But you’ll never have my heart

Let the sky fall (let the sky fall)
When it crumbles (when it crumbles)
We will stand tall (we will stand tall)
Face it all together

Let the sky fall (let the sky fall)
When it crumbles (when it crumbles)
We will stand tall (we will stand tall)
Face it all together
At skyfall

[2x]
(Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall)

Where you go I go
What you see I see
I know I’d never be me
Without the security
Of your loving arms
Keeping me from harm
Put your hand in my hand
And we’ll stand

Let the sky fall (let the sky fall)
When it crumbles (when it crumbles)
We will stand tall (we will stand tall)
Face it all together

Let the sky fall (let the sky fall)
When it crumbles (when it crumbles)
We will stand tall (we will stand tall)
Face it all together
At skyfall

Let the sky fall
We will stand tall
At skyfall

Nah! You might wonder what does mean of Adele’s song, rite. Here…

This might give away some of the movie so don’t read if you haven’t seen the movie yet!

First of all it says “this is the end”. This is when he gets shots and falls off a bridge. When it then says “hold your breath and count to 10” this has a strong link to the scene going on in the opening sequence. He accidently gets shot and falls off a bridge into water. This means he’s holding his breath as he drowns. When it says “so overdue I owe them” I think it means that he’s finally dieing after all those years of service.

Skyfall, is the place where Bond lived before he became part of MI6. So when it says “Skyfall is where we start” That is what it means. That’s where he lived when he was a child.

Moving onto the chorus. (I’m doing this in a random order) When it says “Stand tall, at Skyfall” etc it’s referring to when they take shelter there from the bad guy and they have to basically fight there. Another point I would like to point out is when it says “When it crumbles” It’s talking when the house (Skyfall) is destroyed in their battle. Luckily Bond hated the house so no bad feelings!

Then, when it says “Where I go, you go, What I see, you see” it explains that the secret service are watching what he’s doing at every point. That’s what it’s pointing out.

Well, that’s about all the meanings I can gather really from that song! Hope you became wiser from reading this!

At last, Skyfall was great! I love it! Well, actually we went to Godiva Bistro, before going to see Skyfall. We had dinner at Godiva Bistro restaurant. I enjoyed an half hour at Godiva. I ordered Capcay (Chinese food) and avocado juice for the drink. Here we go!

 

What Should Come First… The Book or The Movie?

What should come first? The book… or the movie?

It’s a question that’s come into play for me a lot in the past. Is it better to read the book before watching its movie or TV show, or is it okay to switch it up sometimes? Up until a comparatively short time ago, I would have told you that you should read the book first—always, without question, no matter what. I’m afraid I had (and still have) a bit of a tendency to be a purist. How could anyone taint the meaning and initial impact of a story by watching its adaptation first?

And for a while, I was able to adhere to that, at least when I was aware that the movie or show in question was based on a book. Why on earth would I want someone to form my opinions for me? To fill my head with their own idea of what the story was and distort whatever thoughts I may have formed on my own? I made sure to follow this regimen with Lord of the Rings, with Harry Potter, and with pretty much any other story that I held in high regard.

But then, whether by accident or deliberately (I’m no longer sure which), I started watching movie versions of books before I had read the story. I began to fudge on my steadfast rule by watching movies like Pride and Prejudice and Emma and North and South, and, more recently, shows like Game of Thrones. And I discovered that by viewing one artist’s representation of another artist’s work, I was able to more fully grasp and enjoy the book that the adaptation was made from. I could take from the film version that which helped me to understand the book better, and I could choose to discard what didn’t. I could use the artist’s imagining of the book to expand my own imagination, or I could reject it and form different opinions altogether. I was beginning to make room for change amid my former rules for reading. In short, I began to discover that neither order of consumption is good or bad; both have their own merits and disadvantages, and neither form of the story necessarily has to compromise the other.

With Lord of the Rings, reading the book first worked well for me. Though they’re lengthy, complicated books, I enjoyed the challenge of constructing Middle Earth in my head, on my own terms, even though it probably took me until the third reading or so to really get it right (and yes, I am the biggest nerd ever…). I wanted the freedom to choose just how far I was willing to take my imagination during the scarier bits, and I wanted to see the faces of the characters themselves, rather than those of the actors who portrayed them. And I got the added benefit of pointing out to everyone watching the movies with me that “Oh, this isn’t the way it was in the book at all. What is Arwen doing there? There were no Wargs before the battle at Helm’s Deep…and where the heck is Tom Bombadil?!” I’ve since realized that this is pretty foolish (not to mention annoying); why on Earth should the filmmakers’ vision for the story be the same as mine? And how could they possibly be expected to fit something close to 3000 pages’ worth of story into eight hours of film? I digress…but my point is, reading these books before watching their movies allowed me to make the experience my own, and I was glad I’d done it that way.

But a week or so ago, I had a very different experience. After having both the book and showGame of Thrones relentlessly recommended to me, I finally watched the show’s first season. In one weekend (I regret nothing!). After my hedonistic GoT bender, I became extremely excited to start reading a series I hadn’t even definitively decided to tackle. I loved watching this complex story come to life, and I very quickly fell in love with Daenerys, Jon Snow, Arya, Bran, and so many others. Throughout every episode, I couldn’t wait to see what they’d do next. And though I haven’t read the book yet, I know that I’m going to love getting even more deeply involved with the characters and the vast story even more when I do read it. In this case, I’m quite certain that preempting my reading of the book by watching its television adaptation first will enrich instead of compromise my enjoyment of the story.

I’ve learned for certain now that there isn’t one set way to do this, at least not for me. It depends on the story, my current mindset, the timing of the adaptation’s availability, even the urging of friends to follow one way or the other. But what do you think? Which order do you prefer? Are you a purist, do you go with the flow, or like me, do you end up somewhere in the middle? Or do you do it some other way entirely?

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