Dossiers tagged with "James Bond 23"

First “Skyfall” TV spot coincides with the Olympics

Bond is back in another 30 second preview of Skyfall, which opens this November. In the new trailer we get an extended peak at the fantastic pre-credit sequence chase that involves trains and diggers and piles of VW Beatles.

We also see more of Severine, and the steamy shower scene director Sam Mendes promised us.

As per the rest of the marketing strategy, the villain Silva, played by Javier Bardem, is kept in the shadows. Despite best attempts, fans over at Screen Rant have gone through the trailer frame by frame to capture this still of the Skyfall villain:

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Skyfall burning

Further developments are happening on what has come to be called, at least in our office, Skyfall Common.

The photos (after the jump) should give everyone an indication of why they simply could not film the scenes on the real location in Scotland.

Click through for some juicy spoilers pertaining to the Skyfall climax.

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British Tabloids claim Bond’s DB5 will be gadget laden again

According to a source at the Sun, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 spotted on location in Scotland recently, will be carrying some of the old favorite gadgets.

A Skyfall source said: “This car defines everything that is James Bond. It looks good and goes like a rocket. There’s a real buzz about its return.”

The Aston Martin seen on location still carries the same license plate as seen in Goldfigner.

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First photos leaked of Naomie Harris as Eve in “Skyfall”

A small crew for the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, were shooting atop the Department of Energy and Climate Change in Whitehall, London this week. The photos snapped show Craig dressed in scarf and coat, without a beard this time, and Naomie Harris in character as field agent Eve.

View the full set at Mi6.

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Ola Rapace speaks about his work on “Skyfall” to date

Although he is still tightlipped about the character he plays, Ola Rapace opened up to his local Swedish media this week.

British James Bond website reports that the actor has had the chance to shoot weapons and speculates that Rapace will be a henchman to Javier Bardem’s unknown villain in Skyfall.

We have had great fun. Bond filming is like a playhouse, you can ride a motorcycle, fighting and shooting automatic weapons and things like that. So it’s fun and has been really good.

The actor is more at home on the set of a small TV show and marvels at the scope of the 007 production crew: “Everything is bigger than I had thought, it’s so much muscle, so much money, so many resources available anywhere. It’s crazy really.”

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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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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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Skyfall press conference highlights

Aside from the factoids about the forthcoming James Bond film, the press conference gave 007 fans a teaser of what they can expect this time next year. Here’s a few basic highlights from the press conference:

The MC explains, as was first (to the best of our knowledge) reported on MI6, that 3rd November marks the day that Sean Connery was ushered onto the world stage as 007 in 1961.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are welcomed to the stage to reveal the “worst kept secret in London” – the title of the James Bond film, Skyfall.

Sam Mendes is welcomed onto the stage to confirm a few rumors. He confirmed that a major set piece was to be shot in London’s Whitehall. Pervis, Wade and John Logan have written a “fantastic script” and Mendes is “incredibly excited”.

Ben Wishaw, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney will be playing top secret parts in scenes that Mendes cannot (or will not) reveal. “They might… or they might not…” was the answer Mendes offered for a well-posed question about if these would be characters Bond fans would recognise from the canon.

Just in case you were wondering Mendes pronounces the French actress’s name: “Bera-niece Mar-low” and the long-associated villain of the piece: “Hav-ear Bar-dem”.

Dame Judi is introduced by Mendes as a “young actress” that “some of you might not have heard of” but who “has a promising career ahead of her”.

Asked about what attracted him to Bond 23, Mendes claims to be a “huge fan of the Bond movies”. Mendes got “very excited” when he saw Craig in Casino Royale, which he “loved”, so working with Craig in Skyfall was part of the attraction. “Working with Sam is a dream come true” for Barbara Broccoli. Mendes’ “boyish excitement is really infectious,” says Broccoli.

Wilson says that “nobody thought we would get to 50 years of Bond” in 1961. Wilson tips his hat to the fans who supported the franchise all these years.

Craig says they have an “incredible crew”.

Dench suggests that she will never “get a grip on who M is” – nor anyone in the MI6 offices.

Harris says that she’s well into her training for the action sequences and feel’s “really ready” for what 007 can throw at her.

Mendes explains that there will be “lots of surprises” when quizzed about the return of some typical Bond gadgets. He also explained that the press were “not entirely accurate” in their assumption Bond will be “going back to his roots” with Scotland on the shooting schedule.

Barbara Broccoli dismissed the rumors of budget cuts with a rhetorical, “does it look like we’re cutting back?” The budget, Wilson tells us, is in the same range as the last film. Instead of cutting back they’re “adding” if anything. Barbara echoes her father when she says “it’s all going on the screen”.

Craig is “incredibly proud to be part of this gang of people” making Bond 23.

Bardem suggests that we should not conflate “a villain” and “a bad person”!

Mendes says he’s is very happy to be working with Alexander Witt and his second unit and that the action and special effects is the part that is new and exciting for him. He explains that the “action needs to coexist with the drama”. In addition he says that Oscar nominations (or wins for that matter) are “not the reason you do any movie and certainly not the reason you do a Bond movie”.

Asked what kind of training he has had to go through, Javier Bardem says “English vowels!”

Harris has been having a bit more of a workout with “stunt driving and firing machine guns”.

Sam Mendes was put on the spot at the conference when he was asked if he would be open to doing more than one Bond film. He was prompted by Broccoli and Wilson commented that “this is a question we’ve been trying to get the answer to”. Sam answered: “if in six months time I am still as excited as I am now, then the answer would be ‘yes’.”

The title, Skyfall, Barbara says, will have some “emotional context”.

Mendes says that it “doesn’t connect with the last two movies.” Quantum will not appear in Bond 23.

Craig was asked if he would be “doing this for a few more years?” / “Ask her,” said the Bond star, pointing at producer Barbara Broccoli. Cubby’s famed daughter answered, “yes, definitely.”

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