A look at one week of 007 on Facebook and Twitter

Eon Productions and its Skyfall partners embraced social media for Skyfall. So we thought we’d take a look at what the official 007 Facebook and Twitter accounts were doing. Nothing special involved, we just decided to use this past week (Jan. 29-Feb. 4).

OFFICIAL 007 FACEBOOK PAGE

Jan. 29: Post stating that voting was ending concerning the best James Bond movie posters ever.

Jan. 30: Post about the first anniversary of the death of composer John Barry, urgest readers to check official 007.com Web site “about how a scholarship is continuing his amazing work.”

Jan. 31: Post saying first official Skyfall image to be unveiled the following day at 8 a.m. GMT at 007.com. Also urges U.S. readers to grab a copy of USA Today, which would have the image in print.

Feb. 1: Post saying the image was up on 007.com. There’s a followup post 47 minutes later with the image.

Feb. 3: Yet another Skyfall clapperboard picture (one of a series going back to November when Skyfall filming began), this one of the clapperboard in front of some stone columns.

OFFICIAL JAMES BOND TWITTER FEED:

Jan. 29: Tweet that this day in 1995, production of GoldenEye shifted to Puerto Rico, which doubled as Cuba.

Jan. 29: Tweet that voting in the best Bond posters survey was ending.

Jan. 30: Tweet about the one-year anniversary death of John Barry.

Jan. 31: Tweet about how A View to a Kill had its U.S. television premier in 1987 on ABC. Also a Tweet about how the first official Skyfall would be revealed the next day on 007.com. Another tweet about the image appearing the day in USA Today.

Feb. 1: Tweet saying the official image was up on 007.com. A followup tweet with a link to the image. Then, a final tweet for the day about how 10 years earlier, Lee Tamahori “shot the DIE ANOTHER DAY scene in which #007 escapes the military medical facility.”

Feb. 2: Another “on this day in history” tweet about “LIVE AND LET DIE crew shot the scene in which Baron Samedi is ‘risen from the dead’ in the voodoo graveyard. #007″

Feb. 3: You guessed it, tweet with another look back. “ON THIS DAY IN BOND HISTORY: 2005 it was announced that Martin Campbell would direct the 21st #007 movie, to be titled CASINO ROYALE.” Later, there’s a Tweet with THIS LINK to the latest clapperboard shot.

Feb. 4: Another look back with this tweet: “ON THIS DAY IN BOND HISTORY: 1969 Peter R. Hunt began shooting #007’s seduction of Tracy in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE.” (This as of 1 p.m. ET in the U.S.)

IMDB poster “Liz” says she’s seen rough cut of Skyfall trailer

Hoax or genuine? On the message boards of IMDB.com, a poster calling themselves “Liz” claims to have seen “a very rough cut of the Skyfall Teaser trailer.”

We’ll get to the caveats in a moment. First, you can view the very long post from “Liz’ by CLICKING HERE. A few excerpts:

Will the description by Liz prove as accurate as the Fusible post that Skyfall would be the title?

The first shot of the trailer, besides the opening logo’s is a really dark shot of a tall office building. I think it was China but I’m not too sure. There was a voice over from Ralph Fiennes (Love that guys voice) talking about the cold war, and it’s repercussions within MI6. This was followed by what I think was a gas attack, people were running and screaming and collapsing. Then the whole friggen set just blew up! Judi Dench appeared. She looked really old and it is revealed that she and Fiennes character are talking. Fiennes says that he’s lost too many agents in the attack (Which I assumed was before), and he needs someone to overlook the case, and find it’s source. M mentions that she has an agent in mind, or something to that degree, but he’s resigned, and they’re unable to track him down. Fiennes says that he has to be found and brought back to duty.

(snip)

Daniel Craig looks awesome! Very cold eyes, brutal. There was one shot where everyone gasped, because it felt so real and brutal. Bond is overpowered and captured, and the next shot has Bond walking into what I assumed was his apartment. M’s standing there, and she apologises for the force she used to bring him to her. Bond says that he’s pretty much finished with the service. He’s seen loads of disturbing things and he doesn’t want to relive them. He then talks about the attacks, and M says something about her life being in danger, and Bond is the only person she trusts. She then goes on to tell him that the government is starting to collapse, and its being invaded by enemy agents.

We were debating whether to comment but information about the IMDB post is spreading. Bond23.net was either the first, or one of the first fan Web sites to write about it and noted IMDB’s accuracy is an issue. Also, The James Bond Dossier, in its post on the subject, raised another caveat, namely how would a media studies student get a chance to see this rough cut considering all the secrecy surrounding Skyfall (i.e. refusing to provide the name of some characters).

Regarding IMDB: It’s like Wikipedia and relies on users to input information on credits. Some users are really careful. Others will insert mistakes in things such as plot summaries. And this appeared in the message boards of IMDB, which are just like any other Internet message board. It really is caveat emptor regarding the accuracy of information.

On the other hand, solid information sometimes comes out unexpectedly. The Fusible Web site first reported the movie’s title would be Skyfall after finding various domain names that were registered in October.

If “Liz” is accurate, The James Bond Dossier points out that Bond quitting MI6 isn’t consistent with the end of Quantum of Solace. Here’s something else to consider (again if Liz is right): This doesn’t sound like it has the “magical Goldfinger feel” that Michael G. Wilson, co-boss of Eon Productions, promised in a December interview, nor other reports that Skyfall would lighten up compared with Quantum. We’ll see in a few months when the teaser trailer comes out.

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