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November 5, 2012

Get ready for ‘Skyfall’

“Skyfall,” the new James Bond film that has racked up $287 million internationally, will open Friday in North America.

The film, rated PG-13, is being praised by one and all.

According to Rene Rodriquez, of The Miami Herald: “The 007 series takes a huge leap in quality under the direction of Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “The Road to Perdition”), who pays as much attention to characters as he does to enormous action set pieces. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench return as the playboy secret agent and his by-the-book boss. Javier Bardem joins the ranks of all-time best Bond villains as a man with a curious sense of humor who has a personal beef against the hero. Roger Deakins’ exceptional cinematography easily makes this the best-looking Bond of all. Start lining up now.”

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Bond films. An exceptional exhibition of footage and memorabilia from the 50-year history of the films has moved from the Barbican in London to the Toronto International Film Festival headquarters in Toronto. It will be open there through Jan. 20.

Overseas, “Skyfall” took in $156 million over the weekend to bring its international total to $287 million.

Also opening this week: Daniel Day Lewis plays the 16th president in Steven Spielberg’s much-anticipated “Lincoln,” also rated PG-13.

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