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: