Matthew Lickona 2:43 p.m., June 19
A closer look at the trailer for Skyfall
You can see it, right? Javier Bardem's inspiration? It's amazing, the finest homage I've seen one actor pay another in a long time. Here, Bardem is, well, he's being John Malkovich. That pursed-lip sneer, that supercilious delivery in the talk about the British Empire? Pure Dangerous Liaisons:
But wait, it gets better. The white dress jacket? The bored expression? The ridiculous fake hair? It's Malkovich as Sauvage, the bad guy in the James Bond spoof Johnny English:
Now that's guts. You've got a franchise that's barely holding on, and you base your villain on a guy who made a mockery of Bond villains. Finally, with a little sleuthing, I found this image in an international trailer:
That jumpsuit is totally Cyrus. Perfect.