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‘Skyfall’ hauled in almost $90 million in the U.S. and half a billion dollars worldwide this weekend, a record for the Bond franchise.
We caught up with the “Skyfall” stunt coordinator Gary Powell, who gave us the skinny on what we can expect in the latest James Bond saga.
Hackers, hackers everywhere: The film’s plot takes heavy inspiration from the ongoing fight against organizations like Anti-Sec and other cybercriminals. The film’s protagonist, played by Javier Bardem, brings to mind the likes of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — blond, eccentric, and able to cause immense discomfort around the world with a laptop.
Train crossing: The film’s most impressive stunt is probably its first, as Bond, once again played by Daniel Craig, battles atop a speeding train in Turkey. Powell told The Daily that his team took three months setting up the scene — not to mention the four months of initial, on-paper planning required to get the scene off the ground.
Bond is human after all: With “Skyfall,” Powell explained, he and Mendes took great pains to suck as much “camp” out of Bond as possible. Here, Bond is an aging spy, and carries an injury around with him for the majority of the film. Rather than being a boring Superman, Craig’s portrayal of Bond is the series’ most relatable yet.