My ability to analyse this typeface in a non-bias manner may be challenged by my love of all things James Bond… except Moonraker.
It saddens me greatly that I cannot write this post in tribute to whom ever created the Skyfall typeface as I believe it is currently one of the most un-appreciated works of current culture.
The Skyfall font is beautiful, striking, stark, formal, angular, impressive, it appears to have an almost antique value to it yet somehow is completely contemporary. But the true genius of this typeface lies in it’s connotations in reference to the film;
In the film, “Skyfall” is the name of the Scotish country manor in which Bond as a small boy was witness to an unexplained incident that scarred him for life. The typeface for Skyfall has about it an applied sign of wear and degradation, though the letter shapes and sharpness reflect a very elegant factor, this presence of an worn element lends character but also a sense of mystery and perhaps even discomfort; It is a reliable fact that many fonts dealing with subjects of horror or fear are scratched or worn in appearance. The ware shown in the title font reflects a metal surface media, this implies a feel of value, of antique. The 007 displayed in gold might be made to look like hand applied gold-leaf.
The illusion of degradation along with the grand spacing between the lettering also reflects particular elements of the main character; when veiwing the Bond of 2012 the film greatly stresses a “broken” feature to Bond’s psyche, caused by the events at “Skyfall”, this feature results in the main character being cold and in turn the audience pitying him. These elements of damage and unease are characterised excellently by the title font once again. The loss of fill colour representing damage or perhaps something “missing” whilst the spacing between the letters is just too large to read naturally, one is almost forced to examine each letter individually; this un-natural space might be in reference again to Bond’s conflicted character, hidden or missing elements perhaps.
It should also be noted that the bottom of the “F” drops so slightly further than any of the other characters, though personally I do not feel this adjustment was necessary, this does give the title to ability to be used as an independent logo/brand by giving it a centre point.
I am also so very impressed by the title font’s ability to be transformed into any scheme and still remain relevant to the film’s feel and context.
(A fan-made example of “Skyfall Typeface”: LINK. )