The title of the latest James Bond film, the 23rd in the series, starring Daniel Craig as 007, was revealed in a press conference on Thursday at Sony Pictures.
The new film is called Skyfall, and stars Judi Dench as M – her 10th appearance, Naomie Harris as an agent called Eve, and Javier Bardern as the villain. Other actors include Bérénice Marlohe as Severin – the latest Bond girl, Ralph Fiennes, and Albert Finney.
The cast said they are looking forward to working with director Sam Mendes. Harris said she’s excited and ready to begin shooting after two months of training. Bérénice Marlohe said it took her a few days after being accepted into the role of Severin to realize that she had become part of the 007 series and was looking forward to start filming.
Producer Michael G Wilson said he’s happy to see the series 23rd film, marking 50 years since Sean Connery was cast and announced in the first Bond film called “Dr. No”. Wilson continued by thanking fans of Bond films for the series continued success.
Skyfall begins filiming on November 3 and is expected to be released during October 2010. Filming locations are expected to include India, Turkey, Scotland, and China. Skyfall is the first time that China will be featured in a Bond film.
Unlike Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Skyfall will be a stand-alone film.
Casino Royale is the most successful in the 007 series’ history, with worldwide earnings of US$594m.