James Bond 'Skyfall' trailer released [Video]
But Monday's first teaser trailer for the long-delayed "Skyfall," in which Mendes ("American Beauty," "Road to Perdition") takes on a huge Hollywood franchise for the first time, does not spare the kind of pyrotechnics that Bond fans expect their 007 movies to have.
"Skyfall" stars Daniel Craig, coming off "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and the flops "Dream House" and "Cowboys & Aliens." It's his third Bond film and the first since 2008's tongue-twister "The Quantum of Solace," which grossed $586.1 million globally, about on par with 2006's "Casino Royale." Plot details are not clearly spelled out in the trailer, but it does suggest that Bond is on the wrong side of the glass in an interrogation scene. It's unclear why the word "Skyfall" triggers bad memories when Bond is asked about it, but it appears to be a mission that didn't go that well.
There are fleeting glimpses of Judi Dench's M, and Bond girls Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris. As for memorable dialogue (the screenplay credit is likely to be shared, but "Gladiator's" John Logan did extensive work on the project), it's pretty slim pickings, the best being Bond saying in what sounds like a Hemingway parody, "Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first."
"Skyfall" is scheduled to open Nov. 9.
-- John Horn
Photo: Daniel Craig in "Skyfall." Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Skyfall2012 / Danjaq / United Artists Corp. / Columbia Pictures