Artist Statement: This trailer is still one of my favorites I’ve edited. It doesn’t have anything to do with editing techniques or sound design (in fact there really isn’t anything that flashy about it) but because it says very little while still suggesting a lot. If you’ve never seen Skyfall it would be impossible for you to decipher what the plot is from this trailer; after all the villain isn’t even shown. My goal was to focus on Bond’s character, suggesting that he’s becoming unfit for this line of work either due to old age or what is most likely the result of being shot off a moving train into a river hundreds of feet below him. Because of the lack of dialogue used to convey what Bond is feeling or his inability to handle himself in the field, the choices in images used was very important. His face is cut up at 1:05 when arriving to party, he looks exhausted and unkempt when running, he can’t shoot straight, he falls to the floor while training, and he looks drunk and unprepared when confronted by bodyguards. Music also played a crucial role in suggesting this idea as well. Frank Sinatra at this point of time is considered outdated and an “old man’s music” (which is a damn shame). The lyrics in My Way also assist in furthering this idea even more. At first it could be viewed as a sad song because it’s about a man towards the end of his life, but really it’s about looking back and realizing that even during the tough times you still pulled through due to your own perseverance. The turning point of the song and trailer sync up perfectly. After all this time you thought Bond had finally lost it, but then he throws up that brief case and knocks the bodyguard into a montage of ass kicking. The trailer finally ends with a shot of Bond fixing his suit after ripping a train apart and walking off like it’s nothing, showing us he’s still got it.
1. The Kingsman’s original score sounds like it could be from Skyfall's score, especially that chord at 0:28.
2. During the train scene at 0:15 there’s no verbal sound of the struggle, so I used a gasp from Bond at another point in the movie.
3. Frank Sinatra’s music and persona fit James Bond so well. Daniel Craig even looks a little like him.