Bits Of Bond

Phil checks in with the good kind of spy photos, as well as the real reason we're seeing the iconic Aston Martin DB5 in SKYFALL.

Things have been a little quiet on the Bond front here at BAD. We know it can get annoying when we geek out in separate posts over every tiny morsel of Bond information that comes along, and as my continued presence on this site can attest, BAD's not just about the hits! So here, condensed into one entry, is the most recent batch of Skyfall news - a light palate cleanser before you gorge yourselves on all things Batman this weekend.

First up is the first official look at Ben Wishaw as the new Q. Let the kneejerk reactions commence! "Pay attention, 007- this is called Skrillex..." "Watch closely, Bond. I call this Instagram..." Yeah, yeah. Hopefully Q doesn't deliver his lines mumblecore style and talk about all the new gadgetry that Bond's definitely never heard of, but it makes a kind of sense that Q would be a younger technogeek. But judging from this scene that played in an extended trailer at Showest's CineEurope event recently, it sounds as if the classic antagonism between 007 and Q is going to be mixed with a healthy dose of sure-to-be-dated hacker crap!

Q: ”I’m your new quartermaster.”

B: “You must be joking.”

Q: “I’ll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop, sitting in my pajamas, than you can do in a year in the field.”

B: “So, why do you need me?”

Q: “Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled.”

B: “Or not pulled. It’s hard to know which… in your pajamas… Q.”

So, that's a thing that happens. Hipster jokes aside, this could be fun as long as they give the Q angle a smack in the ass and make it fresh again. That said, I didn't really miss Q in the last two films - did you? (Q also didn't appear in Live and Let Die, so feel free to impress the ladies with that knowledge bomb at your next office mixer.)

Next up are a couple pics of Daniel Craig as Bond, from Skyfall's pre-title sequence in Istanbul:

Here we can see Bond rocking the classic Walther PPK, as well as the latest in Tom Ford fashions and the Omega Planet Ocean wristwatch. (Rest assured, Bond nuts are working 'round the clock to identify the shoe. More on this story as it develops.)

People who are not me are reporting that's a Honda CRF250R Bond is riding in this shot. I've heard rumblings from my spoiler-free cave that the pre-title sequence involves a train, so on paper I say thumbs up to motorcycle vs. train.

Lastly, here's a neat little videoblog in which we learn the true reason behind the return of the Aston Martin DB5: director Sam Mendes had the toy as a kid. That's kind of a great motivation; not even kidding. One must admit, a rare classic car isn't the most practical vehicle for a field agent on Her Majesty's Secret Service, but if it doesn't get you a little excited, you might be more of a Bourne person.