23rd Bond Flick Starts Filming

'Skyfall' matches up Daniel Craig with Javier Bardem

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 3, 2011 10:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – James Bond is back for a 23rd time in Skyfall, which begins filming today and will be out next year after a four-year gap in the 007 franchise. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the super spy for the third time, going up against Javier Bardem as the villain. Skyfall’s Bond girls are French actress Berenice Marlohe and British actress Naomie Harris, Reuters reports. Though some feared the new director—American Beauty’s Sam Mendes—might tone down the franchise, he assured reporters at today’s launch that the script includes “lots of action.”

In Skyfall, Bond will visit London, China, Turkey, and Scotland. His loyalty to spy boss M, played again by Dame Judi Dench, will be tested. Spy headquarters MI6 will face an attack. “There’s lots of surprises” in the “fantastic script,” Mendes says. The movie is out next Nov. 9 in the US; 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the film franchise. The BBC notes that only four unused titles from Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories remain, including one that isn’t all that exciting (“007 in New York”).

The logo for the new bond film at a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production and announce the title of the film as 'Skyfall' on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom.
The logo for the new bond film at a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production and announce the title of the film as 'Skyfall' on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom.   (Getty Images)
(L to R) Javier Bardem, Berenice Marlohe, Sam Mendes, Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Barbara Broccoli, and Michael G. Wilson attend a photocall with cast and filmmakers.
(L to R) Javier Bardem, Berenice Marlohe, Sam Mendes, Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Barbara Broccoli, and Michael G. Wilson attend a photocall with cast and filmmakers.   (Getty Images)
Director Sam Mendes, right, and actor Daniel Craig pose for photographs at the photo call for the new James Bond film titled Skyfall, at a central London restaurant venue, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.
Director Sam Mendes, right, and actor Daniel Craig pose for photographs at the photo call for the new James Bond film titled Skyfall, at a central London restaurant venue, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Actors Javier Bardem and Daniel Craig pose for photographs at a photocall for the new James Bond film, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.
Actors Javier Bardem and Daniel Craig pose for photographs at a photocall for the new James Bond film, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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