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Bond 23 Confirmed as 'Skyfall', Full Cast Revealed + Photos [Updated]

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November 3, 2011

Bond 23 - Skyfall

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:

Skyfall Press Conference

Skyfall Press Conference

Skyfall Press Conference

Skyfall Press Conference

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!

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  • Gross Und Unbekannt
    So it's not gonna be a trilogy? Bad idea. I loved the fact that the first two were connected and hoped for a third of that kind.
    • Gouka Ryuu
      While I have to agree that I would have liked to see a continuation, I also feel that this might work. It leaves Quantum behind the scenes and we know they are still out there watching and planning. Besides, not all of Bond's work is going to involve the group. It makes sense that there might be other missions in between the furtherance of that story. In my mind it makes it a bit more realistic, and allows them to explore other avenues with the characters, the example in this case being M's past. Hell, given the ending of QoS, Quantum will be under a lot of pressure and when they act again, hopefully in the movie after this one, it will be in an act of desperation that will truly be woth seeing.  
      • Anonymous
        yep, with you on that. SPECTRE appeared regularly as Bond's opposition, but they don't feature in every film - you'd grow tired of that pretty quickly and long for a change of villain if they did. as for this, i'm more than optimistic. Mendes + Craig + Dench + Bardem + Fiennes? come on, people! also, that's a pretty large budget. let's hope Mendes pulls the camera back and allows us to see what's going on (i'm looking at you, Forster).
  • Gohikeone
    I agree with Gross...was hoping for more Quantum action  Also, wasn't MI6 attacked and M under threat due to her past in TWINE?? The "shocking story" might be that they're recycling a script!
    • Jericho
      if we went by the books, MI6 was supposed to be attacked a few times during Roger Moore movies....
  • I'm particularly stoked to see Javier Bardem as the villain.
    • Anonymous
      Agreed, Bardem is intense and menacing and hopefully he'll be a Bond villain for the ages...and not an Elliot Carver:P
  • Darthstu
    After the magnificent Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace was quite simply the worst Bond film in the series. It had a terrible script, was hideously shot and edited and packed with forgettable action sequence. SKYFALL's got a great cast - now bring back the class, suspense and emotion of Craig's first outing. 
    • Holycrapimawesome
      I agree, QoS looked like they wanted to involve any type of vehicular action they could. It would have been fine had they created a decent script.
    • Chris Amaya
      I really enjoyed the beginning car chase though :(
    • Anonymous
      and some fracking bond gadgets!!
    • Buzzfunk
      Im glad that your own opinion cause I sure enjoyed the movie. Forgettable action? I think we watched 2 different movies....It was weaker then CR for sure but hideously? nah
    • Craig
      I agree. Quantum of Solace looked like it was directed by Michael Bay. And that's actually too kind, because at least Bay only uses quick cuts in his action sequences. QoS had quick cuts even during dialogue scenes.
    • namesbond
      Worst Bond film in the series? Did you ever see a little gem called Die Another Day? Die Another Day should be recalled. Qos is not a top notch Bond film but it is surely respectable.
      • Darthstu
        You're quite right, Die Another Day was pretty damn awful. There are a few sub-par bonds: The World Is Not Enough is as boring as hell, Licence to Kill is fun but certainly not a great film, Diamonds Are Forever is not their finest hour and anyone see A View to a Kill...? But for me, Quantum of Solace was probably the most disappointing. It has no repeat value and most aspects, apart from the performances, were not up to scratch. I heard the movie was edited in 6 weeks and if this is true it certainly shows. There are some unique editing choices in the movie, but they just don't pull it off. It's just so sloppy. That's my 2 cents, anyway :)
    • Big John 5
      Casino Royale was a masterpiece. Quantum of Solace was "good" but it could have been far better.
  • Anonymous
    Okay, it's time for Craig to have some 'GeeDee' gadgets!!!  I was so disappointed to see 007 ride the bus in the last one.  I get that they tried to go all bourne-style with the re-introduction of Bond, but i really missed the suaveness and the (cool) gadgets.  With technology expanding the way it has I'm sure they could come up with some really high-tech (yet grounded in this bond's reality) spy stuff.    
    • Buzzfunk
      Agreed. I think the last one missed the boat on that and really, non one wants to see lasers coming out of a watch, with the iphone or ipad tech today, im sure they could do something cool, something that 'could' be real....
  • Pompy
    Awful title.
  • Sucks that Quantum isn't involved.
  • Anonymous
    Shooting today? Press release says production begins Monday the 7th 0_o
    • Yea, basically, I pulled that "today" from ALL of the sites covering the press conf. live, so I believe they said there it was starting today. I'm assuming there is a second unit or some crew shooting footage, but "principal photography" will officially start on the 7th, as stated in the press release. Either way, it starts now.
      • Anonymous
        Figured that's what it might be. All those inserts, covers and 8 second 2nd unit helicopter pass-overs of all the exotic locales we'll never ever get to visit ourselves:P I'm with you though, beyond excited that it's finally happening. Just going to restrain myself a bit; totally over-hyped QoS to unhealthy proportions...
  • andrew
    I wonder if they will introduce Q
  • Blah
    Javier looks oddly close to Jaws
  • curiouscat
    so its got nothing to do with carte blanche, the latest bond book?
  • gaussiantailender
    As an unequivocal Bond fan, I can hardly wait to see the uncompromising technical excellence Bond movies has always shown and am only curious if the plot will be something really unanticapated as some of the past ones have done variations on a theme sort of versions...
  • Matt
    Why are they all wearing apple lapel pins?  Anybody know?
    • purple drank
       It's actually a Poppy for Rememberence Day.
    • Not Matt
      because apples are awesome... Bond is awesome... seems fitting.
  • 007.777
    I want Q back!
  • Anonymous
    I can see Ben Whishaw as a new kind of Q, because the newest technology belongs to a young and new generation. Picture a kind of young Steve Jobs/Bill Gates. 
  • Faceman721
    Its cool to see how before it was a big story with different actors and now its a different story with the same actor. haha. Daniel Craig is the best Bond!
  • Scott Anderson
    I can't believe that James bond is back for this year and I am going to see skyfall this year in November 9th at riccarton hoyts

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