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#1 MDI

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 09:18 AM

http://www.reuters.c...E7A217Q20111103

(Reuters) - Daniel Craig will be back dodging bullets and vanquishing villains from China to Turkey in the 23rd installment of the James Bond film franchise, but the stars and director of "Skyfall" are keeping the who, what and how under wraps for now. As previously announced, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes directs his first Bond adventure, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012 when Skyfall is released.

One of the few details Mendes revealed to more than 100 reporters from around the world at the film's London press launch were his cast and the locations of the blockbuster, which starts production on Monday. Bond regulars Craig and Judi Dench, as his stern spymaster M, return to their roles, Spanish actor Javier Bardem plays the villain and French actress Berenice Marlohe and Britain's Naomie Harris are Bond girls.


All five were at the press briefing, where they were joined by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson. In addition, Mendes said the latest installment in one of cinema's longest and most successful film franchises will feature Ben Whishaw "who will be playing a part I can't tell you about in scenes I can tell you nothing about. "And Albert Finney, who will also be playing a part I can tell you nothing about in scenes that I can't really tell you about and Ralph Fiennes, who, similarly, I can give you very little information about."

Asked whether he had not named all of the characters the leading actors would be playing because Bond fans might recognize them, the "American Beauty" director replied: "They might do. On the other hand they might not."

What producers have confirmed is that Skyfall will take Bond on another action-packed mission to London, Shanghai, Istanbul and Scotland. A press release gave a brief plot outline, saying Bond's loyalty to M is tested "as her past comes back to haunt her. "As MI6 (British intelligence) comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost." NO "AUSTERITY" BOND Mendes and his producers sought to reassure fans that tough economic conditions in the real world would not make the fictional exploits of the suave superspy any less spectacular. "It, I think, has all the elements of a classic Bond movie, including, to quell any rumors, a lot of action," Mendes said.

Wilson added: "I think it's in the same (cost) range as the last film and we really haven't had to change anything in the script. We haven't had to sacrifice anything." The 22nd Bond movie, "Quantum of Solace," cost an estimated $200 million to produce, more than the previous installment and Craig's Bond debut "Casino Royale," which cost a reported $150 million. Any extra outlay did not translate into higher ticket sales, however, with Casino Royale earning $594 million at the global box office and Quantum of Solace $586 million, according to website www.boxofficemojo.com.


Sony Pictures, part of Sony Corp, will distribute Skyfall, which is set to hit British theaters on October 26, 2012 and U.S. cinemas on November 9 after a studio bankruptcy put production on hold for months and the last movie earned mixed reviews. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the series, which began in 1962 with Sean Connery -- breathing life into the character created by former intelligence officer and novelist Ian Fleming -- on Her Majesty's secret service in "Dr. No." Debt-laden Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc, known for its roaring lion logo and behind some of Hollywood's most fabled films including "The Wizard of Oz," filed for bankruptcy in November last year.

But two months later it confirmed Bond 23 would hit theatres in November, 2012, and in April MGM and Sony announced they would co-finance and distribute the next two Bond movies. Craig's first appearance as Bond in 2006 was hailed as a refreshing change in direction toward a tougher, more serious 007, and reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Quantum of Solace fared less well with the critics, although positive reviews still outweighed the negative and both films were commercially successful. When Craig was asked if he would continue in one of cinema's most recognizable roles for a few more years, Broccoli interjected and said: "Yes, definitely."





New Bond GIrl...


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Posted November 04, 2011 - 09:34 AM

Will be bad ass of course :rock:

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 09:57 AM

Girls ight I'd def hit and the movie will prob be ill

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 10:25 AM

Daniel Craig was awesome in "Casino Royale"

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 10:28 AM

How many James Bonds movie they needs to be! [expletive]! [expletive] started in the 70's lol

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 10:35 AM

How many James Bonds movie they needs to be! [expletive]! [expletive] started in the 70's lol


60's

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 10:39 AM

60's


Even worse lol

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 11:35 AM

Never really liked Daniel Craig as James Bond. He just doesn't fit the profile IMO.

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 03:32 PM

daniel craig, javier bardem, and ralph fiennes=Gold

this will be the best bond since Casino Royale and Golden Eye. new bond girl looks alright, though she's looks old even though she's probably like 20
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Posted November 04, 2011 - 06:12 PM

Can't wait.

Daniel Craig is a great James Bond and Casino Royale is one of my favorite movies.

The women look great too.

Seriously, Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale was top notch. I like Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye (also one of my favorite movies) but Daniel Craig as Bond is more ruthless, more cold, and more bad ass.

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Posted November 05, 2011 - 07:41 AM

I like Craig as Bond too, Casino Royale was dope, Quantum of Solace wasn't as good IMO, but still solid. New bond girl from the pic looks hot, idk about Naomi Harris tho, not good looking enough to be a bond girl IMO. She's pretty and a solid actress, but I would've gone with someone else.

Bardem being in this is interesting too, excellent choice there. He can play a great villain(No Country For Old Men).

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Posted November 05, 2011 - 07:42 AM

Damn I forgot all about Quantum of Solace. Still need to watch that lol

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Posted November 05, 2011 - 08:04 AM

yeh, quantum is ok. not on casino royale's level but its decent. I own both dvds

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Posted November 05, 2011 - 08:34 PM

People still care about / watch James Bond films?

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Posted November 06, 2011 - 06:03 AM

People still care about / watch James Bond films?


they're good. some of them are at least

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Posted November 06, 2011 - 11:22 PM

Rumor had it that Idris Elba would be the new James Bond. I'm not sure whether I'm disappointed or not that Sam Mendes didn't go through with that decision. I do love D. Craig, but Elba...that would have been another great Bond, I think.

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Posted November 07, 2011 - 08:32 AM

my woman loves elba. he's a solid actor but I don't know how he'd do in this kind of role.

keep craig

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Posted November 07, 2011 - 05:53 PM

Rumor had it that Idris Elba would be the new James Bond. I'm not sure whether I'm disappointed or not that Sam Mendes didn't go through with that decision. I do love D. Craig, but Elba...that would have been another great Bond, I think.


I remember reading about this, Idris Leba and this other dude Colin Salmon we're being discussed, by fans for the most part, to be the next Bond.

I like Craig in the role though, not too familar with the other Bonds cept for Brosnan, who was good in the role too.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 02:51 PM

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 03:02 PM

Looking forward to this :rock:




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