After 50 years and 23 installments of the franchise, Skyfall is making history for James Bond.
Not only did the film capture the top spot at the box office over its debut weekend, it also shattered records. In North America, Skyfall became the largest opening weekend for 007 with a box office haul close to $90 million. Combine those numbers with the overseas ticket sales, and the film has an impressive worldwide total of over $518 million. Without question, Skyfall will become the fist Bond film to surpass the $600 million mark worldwide. The film has made Daniel Craig the most profitable Bond in film history. This should make the actor and company feel better after the financially successful but critically panned Quantum of Solace in 2008.
However, Skyfall isn’t just turning heads with its box office sales, it’s also impressing fans and critics. In fact, it currently holds an astounding 91 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So, this has gotten people speculating that not only is this one of the best Bond films ever, we should also hear about Skyfall when Oscar season rolls around.
During the course of Bond’s 50 years on the big screen, the franchise has only won two Oscars. In 1965, Goldfinger won Best Sound Effects and Thunderball was victorious for Best Visual Effects in 1966. Needless to say, the Academy Awards haven’t really considered Bond films worthy of an Oscar.
But, Skyfall could change all that. Everything that makes the film great is exactly what the Academy is looking for. It has an Oscar-winning director in Sam Mendes, a spectacular supporting cast of four previous Oscar-winners that include Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, and the film’s scene-stealing villain Javier Bardem, and of course, Adele’s perfect theme song to tie everything together. On paper, it only makes sense for the blockbuster to at least be nominated for a couple of categories, especially since the Academy has included 10 films for Best Picture since 2010.
If for some reason you haven’t seen Skyfall, or are still on the fence, here’s the trailer.
If you’ve seen Skyfall, what do you think about it? Is it one of the best Bond films ever? And, should it be in contention for any Oscars?