Bond 23 Confirmed as 'Skyfall', Full Cast Revealed + Photos [Updated]
by Alex Billington
November 3, 2011
As we first heard last week, EON Productions is throwing a press conference in London today to announce the details on Bond 23, now confirmed as being titled Skyfall. The event included the film's producers, director Sam Mendes, and cast lead by 007 Daniel Craig and Judi Dench as M, as well as Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris and Javier Bardem (as the villain) in person, plus Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney and Ralph Fiennes confirmed. The film will be a stand-alone story, written by John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, and the title, Skyfall, has an "emotional resonance" we'll understand once we see it.
The big reveal from these kind of press conferences is always the name and the cast, which thanks to news rumors over the last few months, we knew just about all of this information (unconfirmed until today) already. As for the characters, the only details revealed were that Bérénice Marlohe would be playing a "glamorous, enigmatic character called Severin," while Harris is playing a field agent named Eve, possibly a person who may be involved in some big action sequences. No word on the other characters and a rumored Moneypenney wasn't named or mentioned. Additionally, they will finally begin shooting today in London's Whitehall, but don't worry, there will still be "lots of surprises," Mendes promised during the press event.
Sony/Columbia currently has Skyfall scheduled for release on November 9th, 2012, nearly an exact year from now. In addition to shooting in England and at the legendary Pinewood Studios, the film will travel to Scotland, Istanbul and Shanghai as well. The plot is not connected to the last two films and Quantum is not involved, however they will be using the same production crew, effects and stunt teams as the last film, at a budget in a "similar range" to Quantum of Solace. As a huge Bond fan, I love hearing this news, and I'm already very excited to see Skyfall hitting next year on the 50th Anniversary of Bond. A glimpse at the logo above via HeyUGuys and more via Bleeding Cool. We'll definitely keep you updated on Skyfall the next year.
Update: A few more details. BleedingCool also found the first two-line synopsis: "In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M 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." Interesting, MI6 coming under attack, and a threat on M, sounds like it might have a "shocking story", if that story made it through. Deadline also updates with a few quotes—like this one from Mendes: "the action needs to be balanced with the drama"—and claims that the budget is upwards of $230 million, referencing the aforementioned Quantum budgetary comparisons.
A few photos of Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris from Skyfall:
I've added a few photos from the press conference, as seen above. The official logo for Skyfall, as simple as it is, was also revealed. Click on any photo above to see more from the original source. If you'd like to watch a full stream of the entire press conference, visit the Bond Facebook first or their YouTube page. And here's the full press release as well. Can't wait for more updates on this as it starts shooting, Bond is back!