007 SKYFALL (2012)
Official Skyfall Poster
After four years since the release of Quantum Of Solace, EON and MGM were ready to make their 23rd James Bond film. This is currently the largest gap between Bond films without a change in the leading actor. There was uncertanty regarding future James Bond films when MGM almost went bankrupt back in 2009. They managed to pull out in December 2010 and announced that 'pre-production of James Bond 23 has commenced' in January 2011. The release of this film marked the 50th Anniversary of the first James Bond film Dr No in 1962, following year-long celebrations of the longest film franchise in history. Before the press conference in November, numerous actors were associated with the film. These included Tang Wei, Maggie Smith, Ana Araujo, Ebru Akel and Brianna Meigham; all of whom did not land roles in the film. The press conference revealed the principal cast but many of their characters were kept secret until the film was released.
Filming began shortly after the press conference in London and quickly moved on to Shanghai, Scotland and Turkey before shooting the last few scenes in Pinewood Studios.
The film includes many twists including the return of the beloved Q and Miss Moneypenny. SKYFALL also marks Dame Judi Dench's last time as James Bond's boss M. Ralph Fiennes' character Gareth Mallory takes over the position of M at the end of the film. Many of these twists were kept secret until the films release, although rumours of M's departure dates back to over 5 months before.
The film premiered in London on 23rd October with the film being released in the UK three days later. Critics said that it was the best Bond film ever of recent years and Skyfall quickly became the highest grossing film of the year. Most of the criticism came from the traditional gun barrel sequence appearing at the end of the film (like Quantum Of Solace).
When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve – following a trail to the mysterious Silva, whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.
Skyfall was released in the UK on 26th October 2012 to mostly positive reviews. In the UK the film grossed £20.1 million on its opening weekend, making it the second-highest Friday-to-Sunday debut ever behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. It also achieved the second-highest IMAX debut ever behind The Dark Knight Rises. The film set a record for the highest seven-day gross with £37.2 million, surpassing previous record holder Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (£35.7 million). By 9 November 2012, the film had earned over £57 million to surpass The Dark Knight Rises as the highest grossing film of 2012, and the highest grossing James Bond film of all time in the UK. By 25 November 2012 the total UK gross had increased to £89 million, in the process becoming the second-highest grossing film of all time in its domestic market.
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Ian Fleming, John Logan, Neil Purvis, Robert Wade
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Official Rating: 12
Release Date: 26 October 2012 UK
Bond Actor: Daniel Craig
Film number: 23
Theme song: "SKYFALL" by Adele
Soundtrack: by Thomas Newman
Daniel Craig - James Bond
Judi Dench - M
Javier Bardem - Raoul Silva
Ralph Fiennes - Gareth Mallory
Naomi Harris - Eve Moneypenny
Berenice Lim Marlohe - Severine
Albert Finney - Kincade
Ben Whishaw - Q/Quartermaster
Rory Kinnear - Tanner
Ola Rapace - Patrice
Helen McCrory - Clair Dowar MP
Nicholas Woodeson - Doctor Hall
Tonia Soroupoulou - Bond's Lover
Elize Du Toit - Vanessa (M's Assistant)
Marketing & Merchandise
Skyfall celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond films so year long celebrations were released throughout 2012. The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu hosted a "BOND IN MOTION" exhibition which originally ran from the January to the end of December until the success of the exhibition enabled them to keep it open until 2014. EON also released a new Blu-Ray and DVD Box set called "BOND 50" which includes all 22 official films with special features that have never been seen before. James Bond and The Queen entered the London 2012 Olympics in style at the opening ceremony. Like Quantum Of Solace, weekly 'clapperboard photographs' were taken during the filming of Skyfall. Activision released a video game called "007 Legends" which included a total of 6 missions from each Bond actor. A Skyfall mission was released for download a few weeks after the release of the film in the USA. To promote the film, three different posters were published. The first teaser poster was of James Bond emerging from a train tunnel inspired gun barrel. Then, character posters were revealed along with a base trailing banner of Daniel Craig lying down. Finally, the official poster was revealed with James Bond posing in front of a classic gun barrel iris. Corgi released a special edition Skyfall die-cast Aston Martin DB5. OMEGA released a special 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Seamaster watch. 06 October 2012 marked 'James Bond Day' where the official Twitter page were giving away special prizes for free. The Skyfall theme song by Adele was released on single and is available in stores and on iTunes.