The name’s Bond….James Bond! This week, Alcohollywood is doing its first New Release with the latest James Bond film Skyfall, in which James Bond (Daniel Craig) deals with the specter (get it?) of his childhood and his empty life as a spy, all while melding the gritty Bourne-era Craig Bonds with more traditional elements. Here, an attack on M (Judi Dench) brings Bond back out of the shadows, in order to track down her potential killer and a list of undercover spies that is threatened to be released by flamboyant villain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).
Throw in a couple Bond girls, a new Q (Ben Whishaw) and Ralph Fiennes channeling a more serious John Steed from his Avengers movie, and you’ve got a great cast bolstered through strong direction from Sam Mendes, absolutely gorgeous cinematography from Roger Deakins, and a wonderful score from Thomas Newman (pinch-hitting for David Arnold) to create a fantastic Bond movie that attempts – for better or worse – to bring the character a bit more dimension, and question the validity of these kinds of movies in today’s technological world.
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Severine
6 parts Gordon’s dry gin
2 parts vodka
1 part Lillet rouge
Shake (don’t stir!) and serve in martini glass. Garnish with apple slice.
DRINKING RULES FOR SKYFALL:
- Whenever James Bond makes a signature quip
- Any time a light is turned on or off
- Every time James Bond is center frame
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
Kincaid (Albert Finney) says, “Welcome to Scotland!”
Next week, we’re heading back to Neverland with Steven Spielberg’s 1991 fantasy Hook, with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman!