After what seems like an eternity, there was finally confirmation that the 23rd James Bond film is now in production for a late 2012 release. As expected the film will be titled "Skyfall" and Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes wil be in the cast.
Reaction to the title is mixed so far. Some like the simplicity and potential for graphic design while others think it sounds like a computer game or a crappy 1980s action film. There were no major surprises with most of the speculation proved correct. The press conference seemed a strangely low key affair after the long break with much luvvie backslapping and a near comotose Daniel Craig struggling to stay awake. Perhaps the biggest eyebrow raiser was that shooting is all but underway and yet Daniel Craig had grey stubble and a haircut that makes him look like a deranged convict who has just climbed over the wall and dodged searchlights. All will presumably be revealed. Maybe Bond annoyed his barber. The vague plot details that were divulged suggest the shadow of Jason Bourne still lingers and looms and provides inspiration and so those hoping for the producers and Daniel Craig to lighten up might be disappointed. All seemed confident that this would be a "special" Bond film though. After Quantum of Solace and the long break it probably needs to be.
The full blurb is as follows; "Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment Announce 7th November Is Start of Production for 23rd James Bond Film SKYFALL. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today presented the cast of the 23rd James Bond adventure, entitled SKYFALL. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy AwardŽ winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond 007. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.  SKYFALL, which goes into production on Monday, November 7th, will begin its worldwide roll-out in the UK and Ireland on October 26th 2012 and in North America on November 9th 2012. Joining Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Director Sam Mendes were members of the cast of SKYFALL, including: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe. The filmmakers also announced Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw. 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. "We're so delighted to have Sam Mendes direct SKYFALL and be working once again with Daniel Craig. We've a great script, an extraordinary cast and an incredibly talented creative team for this latest James Bond adventure," said Wilson and Broccoli. The Director of Photography is Roger Deakins, a nine-time OscarŽ nominee who previously shot the films Jarhead and Revolutionary Road for Mendes.  The Production Designer is OscarŽ winner Dennis Gassner, who previously designed Quantum of Solace and collaborated with Mendes on the films Road to Perdition and Jarhead.  The Editor is Stuart Baird, A.C.E., whose many credits include Casino Royale. Jany Temime, whose many credits include the Harry Potter series, In Bruges, and Children of Men, is the Costume Designer. Action specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. Gary Powell is Stunt Co-ordinator, Chris Corbould is SFX Supervisor and Steve Begg is Visual Effects Supervisor, all of whom have worked on previous Bond films."


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