James Bond 23 begins shooting: ‘Skyfall’ to release in 2012

Finally, after months of rumors, it’s been confirmed: the 23rd James Bond film is on its way.

At a press conference on Thursday, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson confirmed key details about the upcoming film, the latest in one of the world’s longest-running (and most successful) movie franchises. The latest Bond adventure will be titled ‘Skyfall’, and it doesn’t relate to any previous Ian Fleming stories and isn’t connected to the last two Bond movies, ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’.

So, what can we expect from the latest Bond film? According to star Daniel Craig, who will portray Bond for a third time, the film will be “Bond with a capital B…we’ve got a great script.” Director Sam Mendes added that the film will have all the elements of a Bond movie, including lots of action. The script was penned by John Logan (‘Gladiator’) and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, who collaborated together on four Bond films: ‘The World Is Not Enough’, ‘Die Another Day’, ‘Casino Royale’, and ‘Quantum of Solace’.

After months of speculation, we finally have our new Bond girl: French actress Berenice Marlohe, who was first rumored to be under consideration back in September. Marlohe has described her character, Severine, as “glamorous” and “enigmatic”. Her only previous acting credits include several French TV shows and movies, so this is the first time most people will be seeing her on the big screen.

There’s also a formidable cast of supporting actors in place for this latest installment. Judi Dench will return as M, and Naomie Harris (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’) will be playing a field agent named Eve. Spanish actor Javier Bardem (‘No Country For Old Men’) will be playing Bond’s nemesis. Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory, and Ben Whishaw will also be joining the cast, though their roles haven’t been cemented just yet. Rumors are still circulating that Fiennes may play Q, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Also not yet confirmed: an artist to record the theme song. Internet rumors have pegged Adele and Kings of Leon, but all the producers will reveal is that they’re considering multiple artists for the job.

Keeping with the globe-trotting feel of previous Bond movies, shooting will take place in England, Scotland, China, and Istanbul; filming is already underway. ‘Skyfall’ will hit theaters on October 26, 2012.

The London press conference caps four years of speculation about the fate of the franchise. After mixed reviews for ‘Quantum of Solace’ and MGM’s announcement that they would be filing for bankruptcy, fans feared that Bond wouldn’t return for another installment. Sony Pictures stepped in for a partnership on the film, but we’ve had little but rumors ever since, including a possible replacement for Craig and numerous possibilities for the latest Bond girl. (In fact, Harris herself popped up at one point as the possible Bond 23 girl.)

Interestingly, next year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, ‘Dr. No’, starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. Producer Wilson has said that we’ll be seeing a documentary on the history of the Bond films, along with possible other golden anniversary specials.

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Martha Hokenson
If I'm not watching a good movie, it's probably because I'm writing about one. I keep adding new titles to my 'must see' movie list and I hope to watch them all before DVDs become obsolete.

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