About That 'Exploding Pen' Joke: A Guide to the Bond Homages in 'Skyfall'

Now newcomers and casual fans can appreciate the inside Bond jokes, too.

banner_bondAM.jpg
Aston Martin; MGM / Columbia

Skyfall, which marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films, is packed with references to 007's storied past with nods to both the earlier movies and the original Ian Fleming novels. Here are a few of the movie's most notable homages, with some additional intelligence on the saga's literary roots. (Warning: major spoilers ahead).

Presented by

Matthew Conaty & Jennifer Mattson

Matthew Conaty is a New York-based lawyer specializing in Internet and technology law. Jennifer Mattson is a Hong Kong-based journalist and a former producer for CNN.

How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin

Videos

Why Is Google Making Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.

Video

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

More in Entertainment

Just In