As we first heard last week, EON Productions is throwing a press conference in London today to announce the details on Bond 23, now confirmed as being titled Skyfall. Additionally, the event included the film's producers, director Sam Mendes, and cast led by Daniel Craig and Judi Dench returning as M, as well as Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem (as the main villain), Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney and Ralph Fiennes. The movie will be a stand-alone story, co-written by John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, and the title, Skyfall, has "some emotional resonance" that we'll understand once we see it.
The big reveal from these kind of press conferences is always the name and the cast, which thanks to news rumors over the last few months, we knew just about all of that information (unconfirmed officially until today) already. As for the character, the only details revealed were that Bérénice Marlohe would be playing a "glamorous, enigmatic character called Severin," while Harris is playing a field agent named Eve, possibly a character that may be involved in some action sequences. No word on the other characters and a rumored Moneypenny wasn't named or mentioned. Additionally, they will finally begin shooting today in London's Whitehall, but don't worry, there will still be "lots of surprises" Mendes promised during the press event.
Sony/Columbia currently has Skyfall scheduled for release on November 9th, 2012, nearly an exact year from now. In addition to shooting in England and at the legendary Pinewood Studios, the film will travel to Scotland, Istanbul and Shanghai as well. The plot is not connected to the last two films and Quantum is not involved, however they will be using the same production crew, effects and stunt teams as the last film, at a budget in a "similar range" to Quantum of Solace.
BleedingCool.com also found the first one-line synopsis: "In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost." Interesting, MI6 coming under attack, and a threat on M, sounds like it might have a "shocking story", if his story made it through. Deadline.com also updates with a few quotes—like this one from Mendes: "the action needs to be balanced with the drama"—and claims that the budget is close to $230 million, referencing the aforementioned Quantum budgetary comparison quotes.
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I thought Helen McCrory is supposed to be in this movie!