WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS SPOILERS
London Chase Scene continued
SKYFALL is well underway as we draw a close to the scenes shot in London. The team will be focussing on scenes in Turkey from now on. As reported in February, Daniel Craig was seen running through the streets of London chasing after the main villain, who's name we can confirm as SILVA. This time, both Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem were on set along with hundreds of extras.
Whitehall was closed off during filming. Northumberland Avenue had fake sign posts above a disused exit of Charing Cross station so that it appeared to be 'Embankment station'. Silva (Javier Bardem) exited Whitehall via the side and quietly escaped disguised as a metropolitan police officer. We believe that he caused the chaos in the streets. With this disguise, it could be the twist that is said to appear in the film.
A video below shows Daniel Craig's stunt double in action while Daniel
Craig continues to chase the villain down. Rememberance poppies are also seen on vehicles, which could mean that this film is set when the film is released (in October/November)
The crew were said to be moving out to Turkey last Wednesday, but there has currently been no reports of them arriving yet.
Last month, the crew were in Scotland where they filmed a chase sequence with Daniel Craig and Judi Dench in the famous Aston Martin DB5. The crew have reconstructed an old Scottish estate which is going to be blown up in the film. This building will be called 'SKYFALL Lodge' and is supposed to be the home of James Bond, where he grew up. James Bond takes M there after they flee London and he talks of his childhood, before being attacked by Silva.
Similarities between SKYFALL and other Bond films
We decided to take a moment and think of where the writers of SKYFALL got their ideas from.
- Silva's desguide resembles Kananga's Mr Big desguise in Live & Let Die
- There is a lot of action on trains. From Russia With Love's main fight sequence was completely based on a train, and the battle between Tee Hee and Bond in Live & Let Die were also set on a train.
- Istanbul was a filming location used in From Russia With Love and The World Is Not Enough
- The Whitehall pillars which are used in SKYFALL relates to the hall of pillars in From Russia With Love, where Krilencu is killed.
- The MI6 Head Quarters blowing up resembles the explosion in The World Is Not Enough pre-title sequence
- The character of M plays a larger role in the film, like in The World Is Not Enough
As you can see, quite a lot of the inspiration comes from Live & Let Die and From Russia With Love. It makes sense because Live & Let Die is Sam Mendes' favorite Bond film and From Russia With Love is Daniel Craigs favorite.
Poll for SKYFALL theme
An unnofficial poll was started on IGN last week about popular artists to sing the new song for SKYFALL. Musicians from U2, Florence + the Machine, Rihanna, Guns N Roses, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Take That, Plan B and Noel Callagher. The Foo Fighters came third after Muse beat them in second. Of course, Adele is currently in the lead.
Actor joins as SKYFALL's Evil Henchman
Hopefully, we will get a good iconic henchman (like Jaws or Oddjob). Luckily, a new actor confirmed his involvement in the series last week. Swedish actor Jens Hultén will be playing henchman to Javier Bardem's SILVA. He said that he had already been shooting scenes for the film, which we presume took place at Pinewod Studios. "It's obviously a great honor to participate in "Skyfall". Bond movies are huge productions with some of the greatest talents both in front and behind the camera as it is fantastic to be part of."
James Bond's ancestory
As the crew prepare the new building in SKYFALL, several grave-stones were made for the chapel named SKYFALL-Lodge. James Bond's mother (Monique Delacroix) and father (Andrew Bond) will be amongst these head-stones; as well as Robert Bond, Celia Bond, Valentine Bond and Kathleen Bond. On Monique Delacroix's stone the latin phraze "Mors Ultima Linea Rerum Est" is engraved; which means "Death is Everything's Final Limit".
James Bond's family was briefly mentioned in Goldeneye (1995), but the films haven't gone into as much depth as SKYFALL.