2012 was a banner year for film and television, yielding a number of noteworthy sea changes within Hollywood. From technological innovations to ambitious failures, mega budgeted blockbusters to low budget success stories, here are 15 of Hollywood’s biggest game changing figures and events from last year.
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With Skyfall, director Sam Mendes took everything audiences knew and loved about James Bond and completely inverted it. The resulting film had as much depth of character as it did explosive action and steamy love scenes. The cliche tagline of “James Bond like you’ve never seen him before” has been kicking around the 007 franchise since the 1980s. However, the ad line truly applies to the character’s vulnerable and toughened state in Skyfall, ranking it among the greatest entries of the series. After having grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, it is safe to say James Bond franchise will never be the same.