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James Bond Film Skyfall Inspired By Stuxnet Virus 187

Posted by Soulskill
from the license-to-kill() dept.
Velcroman1 writes "No smartphones. No exploding pens. No ejector seats. No rocket-powered submarines. 'It's a brave new world,' gadget-maker Q tells James Bond in the new film Skyfall. The new film, released on the 50th anniversary of the storied franchise, presents a gadget-free Bond fighting with both brains and brawn against a high-tech villain with computer prowess Bill Gates would be envious of. What inspired such a villain? 'Stuxnet,' producer Michael G. Wilson said. 'There is a cyberwar that has been going on for some time, and we thought we'd bring that into the fore and let people see how it could be going on.'"
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James Bond Film Skyfall Inspired By Stuxnet Virus

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  • by MrEricSir (398214) on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @01:57PM (#41910441) Homepage

    I don't think I'm spoiling anything by saying this -- there's ~30 minutes of ads before the movie even starts. Not coming attractions, not "go buy some popcorn," but television-style ads for products.

    Seems MI6 has been hit hard by austerity!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @02:28PM (#41910813)

    Those ads are the cinema's, not the film studios. They show them from a separate reel.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @02:31PM (#41910849)

    Yes it is so boring and not even funny. Whatever, it should not be funny.
    The IT stuff are so laughable.
    - Q (with all the Geek-chic aparel) : "Oh my god, we have been hacked !" (And splash !, a animated 3D representation of the "thing" in your face.
            Ok, go back to school, assholes)
    - James Bond (Looking at the hex representation) : "Ok, Let's try that password" (Yes, every "Virus" have a password to decypher it)
    - Q : How, what is it ?
    - JB : It's map !

    There not a single gram of Ian Fleming novel' spirit in that movie, such a shame. This is just a giant advertising for Omega® and Sony® for zombie audience eating pop-corn.

    You can leave it.

  • Re:Bill Gates? (Score:5, Informative)

    by CohibaVancouver (864662) on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @02:54PM (#41911091)

    Last time I checked, Bill Gates wasn't a computer genius at all, unlike Steve Wozniak.

    Check again.

    From []

    In his sophomore year, Gates devised an algorithm for pancake sorting as a solution to one of a series of unsolved problems presented in a combinatorics class by Harry Lewis, one of his professors. Gates's solution held the record as the fastest version for over thirty years; its successor is faster by only one percent. His solution was later formalized in a published paper in collaboration with Harvard computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou.


    During Microsoft's early years, all employees had broad responsibility for the company's business. Gates oversaw the business details, but continued to write code as well. In the first five years, Gates personally reviewed every line of code the company shipped, and often rewrote parts of it as he saw fit

  • by Antipater (2053064) on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @03:06PM (#41911211)
    I seem to remember Bruce Willis doing this five years ago, against a Timothy Olyphant "who hacked the Pentagon with just a laptop!"

    I also seem to remember Jeff Goldblum disabling an entire civilization's computer system with a computer virus so that it could be destroyed by nuclear weapons, about sixteen years ago.

    A computer virus is a brave new world for filmmaking now?

  • by HPHatecraft (2748003) on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @03:35PM (#41911485)

    There not a single gram of Ian Fleming novel' spirit in that movie, such a shame. This is just a giant advertising for Omega® and Sony® for zombie audience eating pop-corn.

    You can leave it.

    I'd be curious to know if you think any of the Bond movies have featured a portrayal of 007 that is true to the novels. Outside of Sean Connery, Daniel Craig's Bond is fairly close to the source material. Where Craig excels is in his physical portrayal of Bond: not only does he have the physique, but he moves like Bond: an operator, an athletic pugilist, with just a hint of the street; he looks and acts like a hard case.

    The fact is, the Bond portrayed in the books is a thug, and at least initially, he lacks sophistication. He is provincial, and somewhat racist (though not consistently so, and actually irrelevant). So if you think that earlier portrayals of Bond (Connery excluded, of course) are somehow more accurate... I don't know what to tell you. Methinks you protest too much (and that you don't know of what you speak).

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