Dossiers issued in November, 2011

Naomie Harris says her character, Eve, ‘kicks ass’

Whilst promoting her new film The First Grader, Naomie Harris explained a little more about the kind of things she is doing on Bond 23, now known as Skyfall.

Eve kicks ass. I’m loving it at the moment. I am such a pacifist, I never thought I would enjoy firing guns but, in the safety of the gun range and at a target board, it’s so much fun.

Harris admitted to Adelaide Now that she was worried about the high profile role in James Bond: “I did worry about it a bit. My agent said to me: `It’s unlike anything else you have done before, just be prepared’.”

“I’m doing gyrotonics (a fluid training style that blends movements of yoga, dance, gymnastics, tai chi and swimming on a machine) twice a week and I have a yoga teacher three times a week who also takes me jogging.”

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Ascot will be doubling for a Shanghai location in “Skyfall”

Reports from those behind the scenes have begun to emerge via the social media networks, including Twitter, that Skyfall is currently shooting at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire.

Although it is expected that 007 and his entourage will spend considerable time in Shanghai for Skyfall, scenes are being shot closer to home.

MI6 has tracked down a stealthy behind the scenes photograph that reveals the location that Ascot is standing in for.

Tweeters on location report that shooting at Ascot has continued well into the night with wraps coming any time between 11.30pm and 3am.


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Ben Whishaw is confirmed as Q in Skyfall

After fan speculation about the role that young English actor Ben Whishaw will play in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, his agent confirmed to the BBC that Wishaw would play “Q”, the MI6 Quartermaster played for over two decades by Desmond Llewelyn.

The role also went to Monty Python star John Cleese for a single outing, Die Another Day.

It will be the first time that 007 is older than his gadget master, and it looks as if the creatives behind Skyfall are looking for a completely new direction for the Quatermaster – rather than attempting to recreate the popularity of Llewelyn’s long-serving character.

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Noel Gallagher denies Skyfall title song rumors

According to a tipster who contacted and claims to have access to a “reputable source close to the production”, Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig are eyeing former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher.

“Noel’s newest solo album “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”,has been getting a lot of positive attention” our source suggests.

We have been unable to corroborate this with any other media or insiders.

UPDATE: The rocker posted to his blog recently: “A ‘source’ says, ‘Nothing has been signed or made official’! Of course it fuckin’ hasn’t! Who is this fucking source? Has he been on the sauce’? Bizarre indeed.”

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Bit-parters Duncan Casey, Dion Williams and Alexandra Everhart added to Skyfall cast?

According to folks at IMDb, 27 year old actor Duncan Casey has small role in the forthcoming 23rd James Bond film: Skyfall. His limited resumé includes Snow White and the Huntsman, scheduled for released in 2012.

Over at CastingCallPro two further actors are listed as playing MI6 Agents: Alexandra Everhart (who is credited on IMDb as Alexa Seabourne) and Dion Williams. Seabourne’s only other major credit is a role in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows.

Williams has a recurring role in the 2011 TV series Angry Boys.

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Rory Kinnear talks James Bond 23: Skyfall

As well as shooting James Bond 23, Skyfall, English actor Rory Kinnear has been involved in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and gave an interview to the website CultBox about his work thereon. Inevitably a little 007 showed up in the mix… here are some of Kinnear’s comments about rejoining the Bond family:

You’re currently filming the new James Bond film, Skyfall, returning as M’s Chief of Staff, Bill Tanner. How’s that going so far?

“Great, we’ve just been at Pinewood and around Waterloo and Smithfields doing some scenes with myself and Daniel [Craig] and Judi [Dench]. I go through to the beginning of February filming and I think they’re on until about April or May.”

That sounds like a fairly long shoot for you, does this mean that we see a bit more of Tanner this time around?

“Yes, Tanner gets a bit more facetime this time, [the part] is a bit more beefed-up. He’s basically performing the same role but there’s a bit more of him.”

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the film with the 50th anniversary coming up; is that excitement present on set as well?

“I think everyone’s generally just really excited about the script and how good it is – and we’ve got Sam [Mendes] directing.

“Obviously this is now my second one so I know how Daniel and Judi work. We all seem to get on very well so it feels like I’m becoming slightly more part of the family.”

Did you expect to return to the role of Tanner after Quantum of Solace?

“No, I wasn’t contracted to do any more so I guess I knew there was a possibility but I didn’t expect it, no.”

In the books, Tanner is Bond’s best friend – would you like to see that dynamic develop onscreen?

“I don’t know, the Tanner of Quantum of Solace wasn’t really the Tanner of the books, so I guess it’s a new kind of role. He’s not the same age as Bond, as I think he is in the books, but I think in this film their relationship does develop, yes.”

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MI6 Confidential magazine releases issue #12 – complete with Skyfall coverage

The chaps over at MI6 Confidential have turned out an issue of their magazine in what seems to be record time. Issue #12 has a round-up from events inside the Skyfall press conference, as well as two interesting looking features on ‘Colonel Sun’.

Here’s the official launch details we were sent:

MI6 Confidential, the full-colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond 007, returns with its twelfth issue.The waiting is over. James Bond 23 is in production. Skyfall is coming… MI6 Confidential attended the official press conference in London to gather the intel and soak up the atmosphere.As well as the 50th anniversary in 2012, Skyfall will mark the longest gap between 007 adventures without a change of actor in the leading role. Will the extra time crafting the script, organizing the crew, scouting the locations and assembling the cast pay off?

Rounding out Issue #12 of MI6 Confidential – the leading James Bond magazine – is an analysis of The Spy Who Loved Me script history, a look at the publicity hype of Diamonds Are Forever in the USA, and how Kingsley Amis’ fascination with 007 lead to his one-off continuation novel ‘Colonel Sun’.

Featured in this issue:

  • Bond With A Capital B – Complete coverage of the Skyfall press conference in London
  • Skyfall Timeline – Tracking all the pre-production rumours and milestones
  • Selling Diamonds – How marketing helped Bond re-conquer American audiences
  • From SPECTRE To Stromberg – The evolution of The Spy Who Loved Me shooting script
  • Bonding With Kingsley Amis – A look back at the author’s career and fascination with 007
  • The Genesis of Colonel Sun – How the first 007 continuation novel came about
  • Agent Under Fire – A look back at the best-selling game 2001 game from Electronic Arts
  • The Bond Connection – Designing the anti-Bond period piece Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Issue #12 is now shipping around the world. To order online, visit

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Skyfall filming commences at Pinewood – two stars added to the cast list

The twitter elves over at @007 – the official James Bond twitter feed – have been busy!

They are celebrating the start of principal photography with a behind-the-scenes shot of the Skyfall clapperboard. The are shooting in what looks to be a damp, dilapidated bathroom… It might even remind fans of the opening to Casino Royale:


The 007 twitter feed also broke the news that two new cast members have been confirmed: Helen McCrory, the British actress who has recently played in Harry Potter and The Queen will be joining the cast. Also confirmed is Ola Rapace, a Swedish actor known for the TV series Wallander.

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Rory Kinnear back as Bill Tanner in Skyfall

Although the press conference made no mention of M’s famed chief of staff, Kinnear was spotted with the cast and crew shooting in London this weekend.

The 33 year old was cast for Quantum of Solace and appears in the front seat of the Range Rover rushing Daniel Craig’s 007 to some kind of emergency, we think. In Fleming lore, Tanner is traditionally Bond’s only friend in the service and is supposed to be about the same age as 007 himself.

Photos from the set also confirm that the two cars used in the scene are the Range Rover Vogue SE and Jaguar XJL.

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UK tabloids intro Naomie Harris as Moneypenny despite evidence to the contrary

At the London press conference yesterday 007 director Sam Mendes confirmed his principal cast, a large number of crew and commented on some of the stylistic elements of the film where possible.

One notable announcement that we thought would quell the rumors (we should have known better) was the announcement that Naomie Harris will play Eve, a field agent, and, we thought this meant she would not be Monypenny. Nonetheless, the Daily Mail have opted for the headline “Moneypenny 2011: First black actress to get role”. Clearly their staff do not believe the news from Harris’ own lips.

“She will play Miss Moneypenny in the new James Bond movie,” they go on to say.

The Daily Mail has learned that her portrayal of the character is likely to be very different from those of predecessors Samantha Bond, Caroline Bliss and Lois Maxwell. It has not been disclosed how Eve becomes Moneypenny.

So far we cannot know if “the plot will see her character become Bond’s foil, Moneypenny,” as the paper claims. This was not one of the details revealed in the conference.

Oddly enough, the journalist is Baz Bamigboye who correctly predicted Albert Finney’s casting. Even if it were to be Miss Eve Moneypenny, that she is in intensive training to play a field agent doesn’t quite stack up with the Moneypenny we know and love.

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