James Bond (and Daniel Craig) back on the job with ‘Skyfall’

Nov. 03, 2011 | 8:26 a.m.
craig James Bond (and Daniel Craig) back on the job with Skyfall

James Bond actor Daniel Craig poses during a press conference announcing the new film's title -- "Skyfall" -- in London on Nov. 3. (Andy Rain / EPA)

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Javier Bardem, left, Berenice Marlohe, Sam Mendes, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. (Luke MacGregor / Reuters)

James Bond will be back in U.S. theaters in November 2012 with “Skyfall,” the 23rd film in the venerable spy franchise and the third installment starring Daniel Craig as 007.

Shooting began Thursday for the film that will mark the film franchise’s 50th anniversary, although the fans who made “Dr. No” a hit back in 1962 might barely recognize the hero in his current taciturn mode. Still, at a news conference in London, director Sam Mendes assured reporters and fans that he will keep the adrenaline pumping in an aging brand that was revitalized with Martin Campbell’s “Casino Royale” in 2006.

“It, I think, has all the elements of a classic Bond movie, including, to quell any rumors, a lot of action,”  said the filmmaker, whose credits include “American Beauty,” “Jarhead” and “Road to Perdition.”

The new film will also star Javier Bardem as the villain and brings back Judi Dench as Bond’s no-nonsense boss, M. The cast also includes Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe.  “Skyfall” is a new adventure — it’s not based on any specific work by author Ian Fleming — and it will reflect the style of the past two 007 films but take a step away from their story arc.

James Bond is the most storied spy of them all, but he faces plenty of rivals these days in the cinema of geo-political peril. A new “Mission: Impossible” entry will  hit theaters next month, for instance, and “The Bourne Legacy” is on tap for next summer with Jeremy Renner taking over for Matt Damon as the face of the franchise.

— Geoff Boucher


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11 Responses to James Bond (and Daniel Craig) back on the job with ‘Skyfall’

  1. Sandy says:

    Mr. Craig, Mr. Bardem….what a fabulous twosome. Love both of them for their acting abilities.

  2. snowyphile says:

    Joe Miller, failed Senate candidate from Alaska, should be the next Bond villain. Who needs stuffed-shirt villains when the authentic is close at hand — and to be had for a song?

  3. Jon C says:

    I wish they would've dumped Judi Dench as M. Ciaran Hinds or James Wilby would be a better choice.

  4. Chuck says:

    Since when do they have news conferences with cast and crew before a movie's even started filming? WHat abunch of self congrulatory nonsense.

  5. patrick says:

    oh god no…not craig again…this guy sucks!!!

  6. Brian says:

    Bring back the gadgets!!! That's what made the bond films so fun.

  7. calvin mansfield says:

    bond is back and I hope for the fun.. where else can one enjoy the true adult male fantasy.. good fun.. great locales, beautiful women, greta adult gadgets and saving the western world..

    its the great pleasure that keeps it going. A good Bond film is well worth its weight in gold for all/.

  8. tom hulsey says:

    javier bardem as the new nemesis, could be curtins for our hero

  9. Marc says:

    EON & Actors say, it will be a classic Bond. Well classic Bonds have the 007 theme played thru out movie, 007 usually is witty & charming ( Craig Not), has Q & Monnepenny, and a few cool gadgets. So far last 2 were not Classic Bonds.

  10. Jim Dwyer says:

    Judi Dench is spot on. What inquiring minds want to know is how Daniel Craig survived the first five minutes of filming “Casino Royale”. I have seen no mention of a stunt double.Is Craig as tough as he looks?

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