Before home video, James Bond fans enjoyed double features of re-released 007 movies.
In 2013, thanks to said home video, you can create your own double and triple features. One appropriate double bill is 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s Skyfall, which is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download in the U.S.
First of all, Skyfall director Sam Mendes has said The Dark Knight was an inspiration in Skyfall’s development and he spoke admirably about director Christopher Nolan’s work on the 2008 film. Watching the two films back to back, Mendes certainly wasn’t kidding. While the two movies aren’t clones of each other, there are certainly a number of similarities:
The Dark Knight: The Joker has a complicated plan that relies on him being captured.
Skyfall: Villain Silva has a complicated plan that relies on him being captured.
The Dark Knight: A Hong Kong sequence has a darkly photographed action sequence in the foreground contrasted with bright exterior lights in the background as Batman (Christain Bale) captures a Chinese businessman-criminal who is laundering money for Gotham City’s mobs.
Skyfall: A Shanghai sequence has a darkly photographed action sequence in the foreground contrasted with bright exterior lights in the background as Bond (Daniel Craig) fights with an assassin.
The Dark Knight: The score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard is often dark and foreboding, matching much of the mood of the film.
Skyfall: The score by Thomas Newman is often dark and foreboding, matching much of the mood of the film.
The Dark Knight: Harvey Dent, transformed by the Joker into Two Face, considers committing suicide.
Skyfall: Silva considers committee suicide. In his case, he wants M (Judi Dench) to pull the trigger so they both die.
The Dark Knight: The Joker at times has a tenuous, at best, hold on reality.
Skyfall: Silva at times has a tenuous, at best, hold on reality.
The Dark Knight: Two Face has a facial deformity.
Skyfall: Silva has a facial deformity, though his is disguised most of the time.
It should be noted that Nolan evokes an early Bond movie in his 2008 movie. In the aforementioned Hong Kong action scene, Batman makes his escape with his prisoner by being reeled into a plane, similar to the way Bond and Domino were hoisted into an aircraft at the end of 1965’s Thunderball. Nolan even reworks the idea in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, except villain Bane is reeled into a plane after abducting a scientist.
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