Well people with mere hours of the 50th anniversary to go what are our thoughts in this momentous year of being a Bond fan?
Looking at the link above I would award the following marks:
Events: 5/10 - Bond day was a joke (A film only yanks could see, an auction no one could afford and the not so shock release of Adeles song) but the In Motion and Designing 007 exhibitions were decent.
I don't know how to rate the Olympics. It was a spectacular success but how much of it was down to EON and Sony? I think Danny Boyle likely as not made the call here. In any case was Bonds appearance at the Olympics not more down to his status as a national treasure (the same as Mr Bean, Del Boys Robin Reliant and Mccartney appearing) rather than the 50th? If the Olympics had been in London in 4 years time instead I think it just as likely the same stunt would've occurred so in my book that makes it a happy coincidence rather than an event for the 50th.
Overall I feel there could've been more. If you lived outside England or America there was basically nothing which, considering SFs box office is currently over 70% made up of worldwide grosses, seems a bit of a slap in the face to the rest of the world.
Screenings: 3/10 - Your point of view on this probably depends upon which side of the pond you were. Screenings galore stateside but here in London you couldn't even see DN anywhere on the big screen on James Bond day! The Top Gear thing was good and the various concerts (but again who was the driving force behind them; the beeb or EON?) but don't get me started on the lamentable handling of the EON documentary. I've awarded 2 marks to the BBC and I'm giving 1 for EON as it was a good film but I can't go higher as the way it was distributed amounted to an non USA resident tax being paid straight to Babs and MGW if you wanted to see it - and the rest of the world didn't even have that option.
In print: 7/10 - The Bond Archive, poster book, MI6 Confidential DN special and the book by Rog were nice collectibles but I'd really wish they would ditch the Bond on Set format and do a proper 'Making of' book. Keep the great photography by all means but what's wrong with some meat on the bones? Sally Hibbins 'Making Of LTK' remains unsurpassed over 20 years on which is a shame as I'm sure we'd all love a book of that quality for the Craig era.
Products: 2/10 - Where to start? Remember before you think I'm ranting on as usual that this is supposed to be the 50th anniversary not just the standard release of a Bond film yet what did we get? Corgi, Scalextric and Carta Mundi all put out the same thing they had done for CR and QOS just with SF and 50th packaging. Corgi in particular a disgrace as they have loads of models if Bond vehicles they could have repackaged and I would easily have dropped £100 their way but in the middle of recession just zero interest in making money. And you wonder why China is overtaking us.
At last we get all the blu rays released (which should have been done years ago but for the legal bollocks with MGM) but do get brand new super documentaries and features? No just the same discs we've already got plus the ones that have been sat in a warehouse for the last four years like the lost ark. Couldn't even be bothered to change the QOS menu screen to match.
And finally Activision really pull the stops out with an insult of a product that's actually the worst Bond game of all time.
The 2 marks are for the bolly in a silencer presentation case and the after shave which harks back to the classic days of Bondmania.
Skyfall: 10/10 - At least EON got the most important thing right. It's not perfect (as some would have you believe) but A list talent all over the shop delivers a top 5 Bond film which I would have taken all day long.
Overall: 8/10 - With SF, to quote Seb, EON 'did it right'. The Olympics was also a nice bonus. It's far more important that they concentrated on getting the film right as all the other is stuff is fairly irrelevant at the end of the day. Just a shame we can't have our 50th cake and eat it that's all. A great year to be a Bond fan - certainly the best in my lifetime.