Blend of old, new as 007 turns 50

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MAKERS of the new James Bond movie Skyfall have striven to combine the old-school values that made 007 such a success over the last 50 years with enough modern mores to keep the silver screen’s favorite super spy relevant in a post-Cold War world.

Report by Reuters

The 23rd official Bond film, which had its royal world premiere in London on Tuesday, brings together Daniel Craig on his third outing on Her Majesty’s secret service with British director Sam Mendes making his franchise debut.

The plot also puts veteran actress Judi Dench (77) at the heart of the action as Bond’s superior M, and introduces Spanish Oscar-winner Javier Bardem as an uncharacteristically flamboyant villain complete with dyed blond hair.

Marking 50 years after the first Bond film Dr No premiered on London in 1962, Skyfall pays homage to Bond’s gadgets, his taste in fast cars and beautiful women.

But it also seeks to show why the modern Bond is still relevant in a world where technology is as important to international spy networks as human beings.

“He was a product of his time and we live in a different time and I hope this movie reflects the time we live in,” Mendes said.

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