James Bond's 'Skyfall' lands in Beijing

By Zhang Rui
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Daniel Craig, leading actor of the James Bond film Skyfall, is connected live to the premiere of the film in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 16, 2013. Skyfall is the 23rd James Bond film and will be screened on the Chinese mainland on Jan. 21. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai) 

The latest James Bond "Skyfall" premiered in Beijing on Wednesday, with Daniel Craig appearing via video link. The major production has thus far already raked in US$1 billion at box offices worldwide.

"Skyfall" is the 23rd James Bond film and was directed by Sam Mendes. In this story, rather than saving the world, Bond has to deal with some internal affairs such as fighting the antagonist Raoul Silva, formerly one of the top MI6 operatives for MI6; protecting Judi Dench, portraying M for the very last time, from humiliation, discredit and Silva's revenge for betraying him in earlier years.

The nostalgic film is quite old-school. Instead of showing off dazzling the typical modern Bond high-tech spy equipment, ultimate cars or scenes of elaborate fights and explosions, the film explores Bond's struggle with pain and age and his relationship with his boss M. Much to her credit, Dench had brilliantly played the part of M in the previous six Bond films.

As a farewell to the role, the leading actor Daniel Craig at the premiere replied that Dench was his favorite when asked which Bond girl he had liked best most in his three 007 movies.

"It's very difficult to answer this without offending anybody," he said, "I have my own particular favorite among them, the very beautiful Judi Dench, she is probably THE Bond girl, and always will be."

Mendes definitely took some inspiration from "The Dark Knight" by Christopher Nolan. From the Joker-styled villain Silva played by Javier Bardem to the struggle of the most famous agent of them all. During an interview with The Playlist, director Mendes mentioned "The Dark Knight" as direct influence on his approach to the 007 movie.

"In terms of what Nolan achieved, specifically 'The Dark Knight,' the second movie, what that achieved, is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody..." he said, "That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without 'The Dark Knight, might not have been possible."

In the film, there are two significant and beautiful night scenes shot in China's buzzing Shanghai and Macao, which are believed to surely please Chinese audiences. While it indicates Bond is on important missions there, Craig said he actually shot these scenes in the UK.

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