Fire and Ice - Within Temptation
Skyfall - Within Temptation
Die Another Day soundtrack
Casino Royale soundtrack
Tomorrow Never Dies soundtrack
Quantum of Solace soundtrack
- Cut Bond's quips about not needing the wing mirrors as they are broken off
- Pre-credits chase sequence shortened (including removal of blatant "product placement" dialogue about the VW Bettle cars falling off the train)
- Adele's Skyfall title song removed and replaced
- Very brief shot of the bulldog figure on M's desk, cut (we see this again later)
- cut slight product placement shot of Bond drinking Heiniken whilst he's "enjoying death", in bed with a woman.
- cut Eve's line "Then you better keep moving"
- Trimmed scene at airport where Bond witnesses Patrice arriving in Shanghai. Bond’s attempt at disguise, by keeping his sunglasses on whilst inside the airport at night makes him far too conspicious. Now you just see him from behind.
- slightly trimmed Bond’s witnessing of Patrice killing the security guards, only by getting Bond into the building more quickly (rather than seeing him walking all the way from his car to the building entrance
- Trimmed some of the build up to Bond's confrontation with Patrice directly before their fight
- Cut Eve giving Bond a shave, now she just turns up says what is needed and the scene ends with Bond saying "I like to do some things the old fashioned way"
- Rearranged scene where Bond arrives at the casino to edit awkward one-liners between Bond and Eve
- Trimmed some of the dialogue between Bond and Severine
- cut Bond's fight with Severine's bodyguards and the encounter with the komodo dragon
- Added music (by David Arnold from Die Another Day soundtrack) when Severine is waiting for Bond on her yacht
- Intro to Silva's character heavily trimmed (in an attempt to rein in the over the top nature of Bardem's performance)
- Re-edited scene where Silva shoots Severine. Added music from David Arnolds's Casino Royale soundtrack and Bond now appears as if he actually cared for her and is bothered by Silva's actions
- Trimmed scene where Bond catches up with Silva in the underground tunnels. Silva now wastes no time with talking and just detonates the bomb. Thereafter trimmed the scene of the underground train coming through the hole Silva has created.
- Re-edited scene where M is giving her speech about defending MI6, cutting her recital of the Tennyson poem.
- Trimmed Aston Martin DB6 scene
- Scenes at Skyfall when Bond, M and Kincade prepare for the arrival of Silva and his men are slightly trimmed, including no more "A-Team" style montage and traps
- Silva's arrival restructured with extensive sound replacement work, meaning no music playing through the helicopters outboard speakers. Again the intention is to make him more threatening and serious
- Entire battle sequence at Skyfall is trimmed. This includes less importance placed on the Aston Martin being destroyed
- After the helicopter crashes into Skyfall, reframed scenes so it appears only Silva and Bond have survived. Silva's henchmen die in the explosion.
- Removed scene where Bond goes across the ice and then encounters Silva and his remaining henchman
- Silva's death trimmed
- Rooftop scene where Eve shows Bond what M left him in her will, now has added music from Casino Royale in an attempt to lend the scene more emotion and that classic Bond feel
- Eve's formal introduction as Moneypenny to Bond, slightly trimmed.
- Added Within Temptation's cover of Adele's Skyfall to end credits.
I really like SkyFall, I had no big issues with it. So, what did I think about LastSurvivor's SkyFallen? I liked it, but if the shower scene would have been cut, I would have loved this cut more!
I love SkyFall by Adele, but the opening song works!
Hmmmm.... Mixed thoughts on this. Some really nice changes, but also some unfortunate ones.
Adele's theme is great. One of the best bond themes in my opinion - I don't understand why this was changed. This is obviously a preferential thing though and the replacement was well integrated.
Product placement - gone. As is the CGI comodo dragon, the overblown car chase at the start, the cringy shave scene, and various bits and pieces of poor dialogue. The fight on the ice is fairly silly, but still fun. Cutting it out makes the Silva's death seem ever so slightly anticlimactic (no classic final one on one fight), but it isn't essential and for the most part wasn't missed.
Now, about Silva - I don't have a problem with him. I don't think his performance is over the top. He's just an eccentric, unhinged character, and this is a bond movie... The bad guys should be larger than life. Cutting his introduction and performance was not only jarring and noticeable (I watched this with 2 others who were definitely taken out of the experience by it), but it robs him of necessary character development and devalues his character. Similarly with the train crash dialogue - this shouldn't have been shaved down.
These 2 simple changes are what makes it hard for me to decide whether or not I would recommend this edit. If someone has never seen the original, I probably wouldn't, but it's definitely worth a watch for those who would like to see many of the other cringy elements removed.
Video/audio - excellent. No complaints there.
Visual editing - very good, apart from what was mentioned.
Audio editing - nothing noticeable. Soundtrack changes seemed to fit.
Narrative - suffers a lot in my opinion, due to the bad guy trims. There's a lack of weight to his motives and cutting his introduction makes him very unmemorable.
Enjoyment - 8. I like this film. This may be my go to version, I'm not sure. I'd have to watch the original again. More than likely I will have to do my own edit at somepoint as this did not leave me satisfied.
Bombastic Bond outing marred by over reliance on explosions over logic and structure.
Movie also contains one of the weaker villains, a sad reoccurence.
Last Survivor tackles this film with his usual surgical precision, with mostly excellent results.
Video: 720 X 480 MPG2. Brilliant, spotless work. I rewatched the theatrical version three days beforehand to better appreciate the work here. By and large, the cuts were well chosen and few viewers will miss them. The side mirrors, the straight razor, the dragon, the ice. The ice omission was thoughtfully excised. Only when I rewatched the edit two days later, this time with audio commentary running, did I catch tiny imperfections pointed out by LS.
Audio: 2-channel AC3 192K. No subs. Robust sound, always well synced to video. Changes in musical score played by unnoticed, though song alterations did not. LS explained his reasons for replacing Adele’s opener with the lesser known Within Temptation, voicing a rather 80s sounding tune. It still struck me as a mistake. Most 007 openers are voiced by a performer who reflects the zeitgeist of the age. Adele is certainly that. Now, WT’s closing version of “Skyfall” sounds just fine and actually provides a cheeky bookend.
Be sure to give this a second view, next time with Last Survivor’s running commentary. Attempt #5 after four false starts, so thank you for your perseverance. His comments are primarily Skyfall related, though not exclusively as he discusses other Bond vehicles, thoughts on CGI, scores, composers, as well as personal recollections.
Narrative: Ain’t wasting time here - Silva. In trying to create a “weirdly” memorable adversary, the creators wound up with a laughably lame personality. Silva already had an efficient, invisible, and highly profitable business running. So he decides to imperil all of that? Please. The long intro, yak-yak-yak, sexual innuendo, rat chat, sheer folly.
Last Survivor trimmed, shaved, swung an axe. Instead of Silva the ridiculous, he became the Silva the sketch. Not really an improvement, to me. With what material is out there, it could be Silva is unsalvageable. No matter how much effort, he will always remain a sorry foe. He pales next to Le Chiffre, stumbles next to Scaramanga, falls by Largo, all villains who bested Bond. Blofeld remains on a level all his own. Silva comes across as a crybaby with mommy issues and a bad haircut. That’s all he is, a bad haircut.
Enjoyment - I like this edit, I like the theatrical version. Neither are my first choice for Bond, or Craig’s Bond. Push came to shove, I would give the nod to Last Survivor’s edit, only because he removed a chunk of the numbing action. Seriously, I think audiences zone out during bullet gorging or the exhausting running. A lessor editor might have been tempted to trim the slow bit, the lyrical sequences, the “boring spy stuff.” The actual editing team could have learned a trick from LS. Less is more - more Bond - a more classic Bond feel.
Gotta be honest, though. Silva is a major impediment, theatrical - extended - edited. Silva keeps Skyfall from challenging Casino Royale.
Another excellent edit, however, by any standard.
Skyfall was a mixed bag. Most of it is wonderful (and a great improvement over the utter mess that was QoS) but some bits leave you wondering how on earth they ever made it to the theatrical release.
Overall this is a very good edit - and much better than my attempt at seeing what I could do - but is perhaps too severe in some places and not severe enough in others. Although the music changes are generally a definite improvement, I liked the original title tune more than the replacement here. I even miss a couple of the one-liners that have been cut, like the wing-mirrors one. I'm also uncertain about losing most of the villain's introduction, partly because the pair's willy-waving about who's the hardest does lead onto the (also cut) line about the waste of whisky.
Most importantly, we're still asked to believe that the villain's great plan is to be captured by MI6, knowing that - somehow - Q will be stupid enough to allow the captured laptop access to the MI6 network so that every door in the new HQ will open. One basic bit of computer security or one ordinary lock on a cell, and the film's nearly an hour shorter...
Back to the good stuff, losing the product placement is very welcome and the final fight makes as much sense as it's ever going to. The commentary is worth listening to as well.
A truly brilliant edit from last survivor, the pacing is much better, bond's back story feels more fleshed out as a result and silver's monologues are thankfully toned down.
as mentioned in other reviews the only noticeable cut to me is on the island, the fade feels like something done on imovie and doesn't really fit with the rest of the film, although the choice of where to cut is exemplary.
the musical choices are great as well, the addition of motifs from other bond movies is excellently placed and makes the film score much more like a traditional bond movie. Although i didn't have a problem with adele's song, the choices made for the opening and end credits are well done and do not feel out of place.
as often with last survivor, this has now become my goto version of the film,
(my only two changes would be to remove M's F-word and silver's jaw pulling sequence as both are superfluous to the plot and make this difficult to watch with a child.)
Now if only someone would edit On Her Majesty's Secret Service or Octopussy. hint hint