is the twenty-third James Bond film, produced by Eon Productions for MGM,
Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
by Sam Mendes, it features Daniel Craig's third performance as James Bond
and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. The UK cinema release
date is 26 October 2012.
Bond's loyalty to M is challenged over secrets from her past. When MI6
is attacked, it falls to Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless
of the cost to himself.
Production of Skyfall was suspended throughout 2010 because
of MGM's financial troubles. Pre-production was resumed following
MGM's exit from bankruptcy on 21 December 2010. In January 2011,
the film was officially given a release date of 9 November 2012
by MGM and the Broccoli family, with production scheduled to start
in late 2011.
then, MGM and Sony Pictures announced that the UK and Ireland release
date would be brought forward to 26 October 2012, two weeks ahead
of the US release date of 09 November 2012.
film's budget is estimated to be $150 million, down from the $200
million spent on Quantum of Solace.
Skyfall is to be part of year-long celebrations of the
50th anniversary of Dr. No and the Bond film series. According
to producer Michael G. Wilson, a documentary crew is scheduled to
follow production of the film to celebrate the anniversary. Skyfall
is also the first James Bond film to be released in IMAX venues.
Filming began on 07 November 2011 and was scheduled to take 133
is directed by Sam Mendes, who first signed on to the project
shortly after Quantum of Solace was released, and remained
on-board as a 'consultant' during the period of uncertainty surrounding
MGM's financial situation. Speculation in the media suggested that
Mendes had commissioned rewrites of the script to '[remove] action
scenes in favour of characterful performances' with the intention
of bidding for an Academy Award. Mendes denied the reports, stating
that the film's planned action scenes were an important part of
the overall film.
Peter Morgan was originally commissioned to write a script, but
left the project when MGM filed for bankruptcy and production of
the film stalled. Despite his departure, Morgan later stated that
the final script was based on his original idea, retaining what
he described as the film's 'big hook'. The final script was written
by Bond screenwriting regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, as well
as John Logan, who recounted being brought into the project by his
long-time friend Sam Mendes, describing the process between Mendes
and the writers as 'very collaborative', and that writing Skyfall
was one of the best experiences he had had in writing a film.
August 2011, several news websites reposted a rumour that originally
appeared in Serbian newspaper Blic, stating that Bond 23 would be
entitled Carte Blanche and would be an adaptation of the
recent continuation novel by Jeffery Deaver.
30 August, Eon Productions officially denied any link between Bond
23 and Carte Blanche, stating that 'the new film is not
going to be called Carte Blanche and will have nothing
to do with the Jeffery Deaver book'.
03 October 2011, fifteen domain names including 'jamesbond-skyfall.com'
and 'skyfallthefilm.com' were reported to have been registered on
behalf of MGM and Sony Pictures by internet brand-protection service
MarkMonitor. This led to supposition in the media that the film
had been given the name 'Skyfall'. These reports were not confirmed
at the time by Eon Productions, Sony or MGM.
Skyfall was later confirmed as the title at the November
press conference, during which co-producer Barbara Broccoli said
that the title "has some emotional context which will be revealed
in the film".
The main cast of Skyfall was officially announced at a
press conference held at the Corinthia Hotel in London on 3 November
2011, fifty years to the day that Sean Connery was announced to
play James Bond in the film Dr. No.
• Daniel Craig as James Bond, agent 007. Director Sam Mendes
described Bond as experiencing '[a]
combination of lassitude, boredom, depression [and] difficulty with
what he's chosen to do for a living'.
• Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's main antagonist.
Bardem described Silva as 'more than a villain', while Daniel Craig
stated that Bond has a 'very important relationship' to Silva.
• Judi Dench as M, the head of MI6 and Bond's commanding officer.
Skyfall will be Dench's seventh consecutive film in the role.
• Ralph Fiennes as Mallory, a government agent with the authority
to regulate MI6. Fiennes stated that the role was '[a] really interesting
part which is really quite fun'.
• Albert Finney as Kincade.
• Naomie Harris as Eve. Early speculation suggested that Harris
would play Miss Moneypenny, though the character's first name was
revealed as 'Eve' with no surname disclosed, and she was specifically
described as 'a field agent'. Despite ongoing speculation from tabloids
that Eve would be revealed as Moneypenny. Harris herself dismissed
claims that she would be playing the character, stating that 'Eve
is not remotely office-bound'.
• Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, the MI6 Chief of Staff.
• Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine.
Marlohe described her character as being 'glamorous and enigmatic',
and that she drew inspiration from GoldenEye villain Xenia
Onatopp (played by Famke Janssen) in playing Sévérine.
• Helen McCrory as Clair Dowar, a British politician. McCrory
joined the cast after Sam Mendes contacted her personally and offered
her the part.
• Ola Rapace as Patrice, a French mercenary who 'is a man
of few words' and 'loves violence'.
• Ben Whishaw as Q. The character returns to the franchise
after being absent in Casino Royale and Quantum of