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Bond 23 officially announced; Skyfall begins production today

Nov. 3, 2011by: Mike Sampson

This morning in London, Sony Pictures, MGM Studios and EON Productions held a press conference at Pinewood Studios to announce the start of production on the 23rd James Bond film, which can now formally be called SKYFALL.

Director Sam Mendes and star James Bond were on hand with other members of the cast including Judi Dench, Bond girl Brnice Marlohe, Naomie Harris and Javier Bardem, who was confirmed as the film's villain. Other cast members confirmed but not in attendance were Ben Whishsaw, Ralph Fiennes
 and Albert Finney.

Much speculation has been that Harris would star as Miss Moneypenny in the film but at the press conference the actress revealed she was playing a "field agent named Eve." In the previous films, Moneypenny's name was Jane but perhaps this is just a ruse to throw people off.

As for the film itself, the cast and crew weren't talking much but an official synopsis was revealed and may lend some hints towards the film's direction: "Bond's loyalty to M is tested to the full as her past comes back to haunt her. As M16 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost."

Mendes also noted that SKYFALL "doesn't connect with the last two films," which means (unless he's bullshitting) we won't continue the saga of QUANTUM (at least not this time around).

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11:03AM on 11/03/2011
I'm excited already. Not to be a sore thumb here, Mr. Sampson, but it's "MI6", not M16 - that's a machine gun, hehe.
I'm excited already. Not to be a sore thumb here, Mr. Sampson, but it's "MI6", not M16 - that's a machine gun, hehe.
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12:54PM on 11/03/2011
Excited. Still, its going to be hard to top Casino Royale. That set the bar so high. Seriously, what a wonderful piece of filmmaking. One of the best action films of the last 20 years.
Excited. Still, its going to be hard to top Casino Royale. That set the bar so high. Seriously, what a wonderful piece of filmmaking. One of the best action films of the last 20 years.
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5:08PM on 11/03/2011
As long as you like Jason Bourne movies...
As long as you like Jason Bourne movies...
11:21AM on 11/03/2011
"Director Sam Mendes and star James Bond were on hand" What? James Bond is a real guy? I thought it was Daniel Craig. Oh well.
"Director Sam Mendes and star James Bond were on hand" What? James Bond is a real guy? I thought it was Daniel Craig. Oh well.
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8:19AM on 11/04/2011
yea I caught that too! LOL!
yea I caught that too! LOL!
10:06AM on 11/03/2011

Excellent...

Two things I hope for is Naomie Harris in a bikini and an introduction to Q-branch.
Two things I hope for is Naomie Harris in a bikini and an introduction to Q-branch.
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10:50AM on 11/03/2011
Excellent title. Gorgeous/badass looking girl. We still got Craig. I'm ecstatic.
Excellent title. Gorgeous/badass looking girl. We still got Craig. I'm ecstatic.
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10:13AM on 11/03/2011
This is great news. I am happy this is on track!!!
This is great news. I am happy this is on track!!!
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9:59AM on 11/03/2011
I'm so hyped for this!! Plot certainly sounds intriguing, for a Bond film!
I'm so hyped for this!! Plot certainly sounds intriguing, for a Bond film!
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2:01PM on 11/03/2011

You forgot to mention

Roger Deakins is lensing this. Mendes and Deakins? Surely going to be the best looking Bond movie to date.
Roger Deakins is lensing this. Mendes and Deakins? Surely going to be the best looking Bond movie to date.
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12:17PM on 11/03/2011
Definitely has something to do with the moon. Look closely at the design inside the lettering.
Definitely has something to do with the moon. Look closely at the design inside the lettering.
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8:48PM on 11/03/2011
"...field agent named eve.."

Female field agent aka. she gets killed pretty quickly.
"...field agent named eve.."

Female field agent aka. she gets killed pretty quickly.
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7:36PM on 11/03/2011
Very cool. I was hoping they'd be continuing the Quantum story, and I have a feeling they still might although they say otherwise. I also wouldn't mind Jeffery Wright coming back as Felix. He's underrated.
Very cool. I was hoping they'd be continuing the Quantum story, and I have a feeling they still might although they say otherwise. I also wouldn't mind Jeffery Wright coming back as Felix. He's underrated.
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8:53PM on 11/03/2011
Thumbs up! I like the title which has been floatin' around as "current working/project title" for months now.
Thumbs up! I like the title which has been floatin' around as "current working/project title" for months now.
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3:55PM on 11/04/2011
I know a lot of people dont dig the title but i kind of do. i really hope harris ends up playing moneypenny. thats a relationship that needs to return to the films. Im really excited for this film. Great cast and amazing director!
I know a lot of people dont dig the title but i kind of do. i really hope harris ends up playing moneypenny. thats a relationship that needs to return to the films. Im really excited for this film. Great cast and amazing director!
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3:57PM on 11/03/2011

Judi Dench

So freaking pumped, but I gotta admit that premise makes it sound like our Dame may be booking the franchise. What a bummer...
So freaking pumped, but I gotta admit that premise makes it sound like our Dame may be booking the franchise. What a bummer...
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12:33PM on 11/03/2011
Sounds good to me.
Sounds good to me.
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12:44AM on 11/04/2011
Anyone notice the page says Star James Bond and not Daniel Craig
Anyone notice the page says Star James Bond and not Daniel Craig
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8:16AM on 11/04/2011
yep I noticed it too. I guess that's what their calling Daniel Craig nowadays! LOL!
yep I noticed it too. I guess that's what their calling Daniel Craig nowadays! LOL!
7:31PM on 11/03/2011
nice....can't wait
nice....can't wait
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3:38PM on 11/03/2011
Skies. Will. Fall.
Skies. Will. Fall.
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10:58AM on 11/03/2011
Cool.
Cool.
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12:09AM on 11/04/2011
Would've preferred another of the 3 Fleming titles that remain unused (The Property of a Lady, The Hildebrand Rarity, or Risico -- I'm not counting 007 in New York since it's all too pedestrian : P), but whatever.
Would've preferred another of the 3 Fleming titles that remain unused (The Property of a Lady, The Hildebrand Rarity, or Risico -- I'm not counting 007 in New York since it's all too pedestrian : P), but whatever.
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9:38PM on 11/03/2011

Very excited, but...

Really can't wait to see what Mendes does here with Bond, but i do have a question. Filming starts today right? Why is Craig so scruffy? He's ususally so cleanly shaven for interviews. Is he filming something else now or does he need to look like this at the start of filming Bond? Hmmm...
Really can't wait to see what Mendes does here with Bond, but i do have a question. Filming starts today right? Why is Craig so scruffy? He's ususally so cleanly shaven for interviews. Is he filming something else now or does he need to look like this at the start of filming Bond? Hmmm...
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12:21PM on 11/03/2011

Moonraker 2!?

Bardem = Jaws
Skyfall looks like the moon...

Im pumped :)
Bardem = Jaws
Skyfall looks like the moon...

Im pumped :)
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1:41PM on 11/03/2011
I'm skeptical. Quantum was a letdown, a step back from what Royale had established as a new type of Bond, one that was an improvement over the previous films (since Goldeneye anyway). I want to hope I can expect good things, but with Casino Royale being the only good Bond film in the past since 1995. And while it is Sam Mendes, I still can't help but be skeptical about this film, though optmistically so.
I'm skeptical. Quantum was a letdown, a step back from what Royale had established as a new type of Bond, one that was an improvement over the previous films (since Goldeneye anyway). I want to hope I can expect good things, but with Casino Royale being the only good Bond film in the past since 1995. And while it is Sam Mendes, I still can't help but be skeptical about this film, though optmistically so.
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12:22PM on 11/03/2011

Not the biggest fan of the title.

Skyfall sounds like an alien invasion movie, not a Bond movie. But hey, I am so damn stoked for this movie.
And if Sam Mendes said he can't reveal Ralph Fiennes' character's name...could it maybe be a previous James Bond???
Skyfall sounds like an alien invasion movie, not a Bond movie. But hey, I am so damn stoked for this movie.
And if Sam Mendes said he can't reveal Ralph Fiennes' character's name...could it maybe be a previous James Bond???
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5:18PM on 11/03/2011
A previous Bond? What does that even mean? Like, clones or something?
A previous Bond? What does that even mean? Like, clones or something?
6:08PM on 11/03/2011
He's apparently a supporter of the completely retarded idea that James Bond is a codename and not any one person.
He's apparently a supporter of the completely retarded idea that James Bond is a codename and not any one person.
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