The BIG movie news of the day is confirming what the internet (and the British tabloid media) has been speculating about for some time now, that the next James Bond movie is set to be called be called Skyfall.
In this movie Daniel Craig and Judie Dench will be making a return to the series, both of whom have stared in the last two movies (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace). Joining them this time in the line up will be Ralph Fiennes (The Harry Potter Series), Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich, Big Fish, The Bourne Ultimatum) and as our lead villain – Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men). As for the director’s reigns, they have been handed over to Sam Mendes whose previous work include Jarhead, Road to Perdition and American Beauty.
On the ladies side of the field the French actress Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) and Helen McCrory (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2) have all been added to the casting register so who knows who will be playing what, for how long, which one will be the love interest for James, and who will get the shortest scene in the movie?
As far as story goes, there has not been too much said at this moment in time. However, it is known that this will be the first original screenplay written in a while for a James Bond movie (i.e. not based on any of the writings of Ian Fleming) and that it is not going to be a continuation of the Quantum plot that was introduced in the previous movies. The only information given about Skyfall at the press conference today was by series producer Barbara Broccoli who said, when asked about the significance of the name Skyfall, “It has some emotional context which will be revealed in the film, You have to wait and see.”
Skyfall is set to begin shooting next week on location including China, London, and Scotland and is set for a release in the UK and Ireland on October 26th 2012 and in North America on November 9th 2012.