Just moments ago at a press conference to note the launch of production on the twety-third James Bond film, producers Michael G WIlson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed that the rumors that the next James Bond adventure will indeed be titled Skyfall.
Ironically, the press conference was held on the same date that Sean Connery was announced as being Bond prior to the production of the first 007 film Dr. No.
The film will shoot in London using large sections ofthe Whitehall area as well as Shanghai in China, Istanbull in Turkey, and Scotland. Production on the film had been delayed due to MGM’s long drawn-out bankruptcy,
The title is the first one for a Bond film that doesn’t directly stem from the literary roots of the character as created by Ian Fleming. Broccoli explained that Skyfall will have “some emotional context” that will become clear when we see the film.
The conference also confirmed reports that Albert Finney has joined the cast. It was also confirmed that Javier Bardem will be the villain of the film and that Ralph Fiennes will also have a role, though what part it is went undisclosed. Naomie Harris will be playing a field agent named Eve, not the role of Miss Moneypenny as previously rumored.
Plot details are still scarce, but when asked if the film will feature a return to the gadgets that the franchise has been known for, director Sam Mendes dodged the question but stated that there would be “plenty of surprises.”
One surprising detail was Mendes’s statement that Skyfall “is its own story. It doesn’t connect with the last two movies.” Previously, Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace shared story threads concerning the uncovering of a global-spanning terrorist organization.
Although Mendes is known primarily for dramas like American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, the director stated he was looking forward to shooting action sequences, noting “action needs to co-exist with the drama.”
The film will be released next November as part of MGM’s celebration of the film franchise’s 50th Anniversary.