The latest James Bond installment, “Skyfall,” drops in theaters in the US tonight, Friday, November 9. Before you head on to see it, above is something to get you better acquainted with one of the most enduring and most successful film franchises of all times.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary for the franchise, so the timing really couldn’t be better.
What makes all James Bond movies stand apart from other spy films is a sum of tropes and themes that are recognizable throughout the franchise, as well as the approach.
The video above perfectly exemplifies that by including about 5 minutes of each film in consecutive order: it starts with the first 5 minutes of “Dr. No,” continues with minutes 6 to 10 of “From Russia with Love,” minutes 11 to 15 of “Goldfinger,” and so on.
The “film” ends with the final 5 minutes of “Quantum of Solace,” the second James Bond film with Daniel Craig as lead, which preceded this year’s “Skyfall.”
“This fresh look at the ‘James Bond Formula’ provides a new exploration of the evolution of the series into a filmmaking genre uniquely its own,” the editor of the video says in its description.
“With few exceptions, each title’s transition into the picture that follows it is nearly seamless, creating a viewing experience that at first might serve to reminds us ‘if you’ve seen one Bond film, you’ve seen them all,’ but looking more closely it is in fact an endearing homage to a character who single-handedly shaped modern cinema’s action/adventure formula and who continues to leave an indelible mark on generations worldwide,” the description further reads.
Useless to say, if you’re a James Bond fan, then you shouldn’t miss this for the world. Just sit back and enjoy!