James Bond will return in SKYFALL

Well, it turns out that most of the speculation on the web about Bond 23 was pretty accurate for once with the official press launch confirming most of what was already being endlessly speculated on.

The official plot synopsis is brief:

In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Bérénice Marlohe is apparently the new leading lady and photos of her in very Bond-like poses are all over the web – just like this one in fact …

The cast is pretty impressive though, by any standards, and it certainly makes sense that if you are going to get a director like Sam Mendes to work on the film, that this is precisely the sort of thespians that he would be able to attract and work on it – along with Dame Judi Dench as M there will be Javier Bardem (maybe as Blofeld …), Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Wishaw and of course Daniel Craig.

The credits behind the screen are also very, very impressive – these include a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade (who have worked on the scripts for all the Bond movies from The World is not Enough) and John Logan; cinematography by the great Roger Deakins; the editor will be Stuart Baird, who did a great job on Casino Royale I thought, as did that film’s returning 2nd unit / action director Alexander Witt; while the miniatures and effects are as usual entrusted to series veteran Chris Corbould.

The other leading lady is to be Naomie Harris, who will appear as a field agent named ‘Eve’ -  so not as previously thought as the new Moneypenny, unless finally she has a first name, albeit a different one from given in the official ‘Moneypenny diaries’ books (where it is given as Jane).

Skyfall officially begins filming this week and will include location work in Shanghai, Istanbul and Scotland (apparently Indian shooting has either been scuppered or will only be second unit), for release next Autumn, on the 50th anniversary of Dr No‘s premier.

See the video of the press launch here:

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2 Responses to James Bond will return in SKYFALL

  1. Patrick says:

    As a loyal fan of all things Bond, this is great news. “Casino Royale” and “Golden Eye” are my personal favourites in the series, and “Royale” is, I’d argue, one of the best action movies ever made. Which is why the last film, “Quantum of Solace”, was particularly disappointing– I still have no idea what the devil happened in that dogfight, which is a pity because I was particularly excited for it. How can they get Bond so right and then turn around and get him so wrong the very next movie? But I digress.

    I have only one Ian Fleming novel left to read, “You Only Live Twice”, which got lost in transit when I placed it on hold back when I read all the other novels and short stories. Perhaps one of these days I’ll take the time to cover it on my blog. My personal picks for the best Fleming novels are “Casino Royale”, “Goldfinger”, and “From Russia With Love”. Bonus points to “Moonraker” for being one of my personal favourites, and far superior to the silly film adaptation. (Prime candidate for a remake, I think.)

    The only thing about this announcement I *dis*like is the title. There’s no link to Fleming at all– of the unused titles left, “Risico” sounds to me like one of the best candidates– and it’s a good story to boot. (“Quantum of Solace” was the title of a short Bond story, but the story’s plot was so much better than the silliness the movie version came up with: “I AM GOING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!! To do this, I will take control of the water supply of ONE OF THE WORLD’S POOREST COUNTRIES!!! No-body can stop me now!!! [evil laughter]“)

    • SKYFALL does sound a lot like one of the John Gardner sequels rather than real Fleming (unless it refers to Rupert Murdoch – now that would be really cool!) – I would add LIVE AND LET DIE as the other main Fleming title from the series (though I do also like OHMSS), but agree with you completely about the other three being the best of his fiction – certainly don’t feel that way about YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE though. I quite liked QUANTUM and the idea of a direct sequel to the excellent CASINO ROYALE, but they definitely overdid the Bourne-style jerky cam and frenetic editing. The plot was OK and I liked the introduction fo QUANTUM as a potential replacement for SPECTRE and the fact that even when the government finds out about it their reaction is just to lie down and play good doggie rather than try to take them down – very plausible I thought. But yes, it feels like they had lots of great assets but didn’t quite make the most of them. I admired them for trying to do somethign a bit different, but I wished it hadn’t been so much like BOURNE. I hope they get David Arnold back to o the music score – so far his name has not been linked to the film …

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