Adele in is the running for Best Original Song for her track Skyfall from the same-titled James Bond film and she is so over-whelmed to be up for an Academy Award she feels like the actress, who has taken home three gold statuettes. Sharing her joy on Twitter Adele posted, “Oh my god I feel like Meryl Streep!! Thank you x (sic)”
The latest spy installment’s music and sounds are also nominated for Best Original Score, Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Achievement in sound mixing as well as the film gaining eight BAFTA nominations, including Outstanding British Film. However, star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes missed out on several Best Actor and Best Director awards at this year’s ceremonies.
Star Trek: Into Darkness actress Alice Eve and War Horse‘s Jeremy Irvine, who are fans of Sam’s latest installment and the entire franchise, insisted the nominations are well merited and are proud of its achievement. Speaking from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ (BAFTA) headquarters in London earlier this week, Jeremy said, “Skyfall has taken quite a few, it’s amazing to see a movie that is part of a franchise stand alone”, with Alice adding: “And such a high grossing movie. To come in and take artistic credit, which it deserves, is very unusual.”
Check out Adele’s video for Someone Like You here.
Starring Daniel Craig as international spy James Bond for the third time, Skyfall reinstates the aging agent back to fighting form. Taking on the topic of Bond’s mortality rather than asking the audience to assume the man in the tux doesn’t age, Skyfall begins with Bond suffering a devastating accident at the hands of his beloved M. Bond then spends the rest of the movie proving that he still has what it takes to cash his paycheck from MI6.
Turning the handsome Javier Bardem into the sinister villain Raoul Silva with a dye job (if there is an award for worst villain hairdos, someone please give it to Bardem already), the two men make a perfect pair on screen, bringing out the most admirable and cryptic in one another, respectively. As a former MI6 agent, Silva’s motives are not money or goods, but rather taking down MI6 and its leader, M, played again by the always perfect Dame Judi Dench.
Introducing Naomie Harris as fellow MI6 agent Eve, Ralph Fiennes as the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee Gareth Mallory and Ben Whishaw as a very young Q, the future of the fifty year old film series has been set up as neatly as one of Bond’s martini’s, shaken, not stirred.
Featuring breathtaking scenery of Turkey, Shanghai, London and Scotland, first time Bond-director Sam Mendes doesn’t rely solely on impressive stunts and cool cars, although there is no shortage of either. Rather, Skyfall shows the human side to Bond and M, forcing both characters to examine their love for one another. Skyfall also gives fans a glimpse into life before James Bond became Agent 007, bringing realism and introspection to a character that has remained unflustered for five decades.
Rating: Eight English Bulldogs out of Ten