Sam Mendes Written by:
Ian Fleming (characters) Starring:
Daniel Craig - James Bond
Judi Dench - M
Javier Bardem - Silva
Ralph Fiennes - Gareth Mallory
Naomie Harris - Eve
Bérénice Marlohe - Sévérine
Albert Finney - Kincade
Ben Whishaw - Q
Rory Kinnear - Tanner
Ola Rapace - Patrice
Helen McCrory - Clair Dowar MP
Nicholas Woodeson - Doctor Hall
Bill Buckhurst - Ronson
Elize du Toit - Vanessa (M's Assistant)
Ian Bonar - MI6 Technician
Gordon Milne - M's Driver
Tonia Sotiropoulou - Bond's Lover
'Sometimes the old ways are the best.'
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The main cast was officially announced at a press conference held at
the Corinthia Hotel in London on 3 November 2011, 50 years to the day
since Sean Connery was announced to play James Bond in the film Dr. No
returned as James Bond for the third time and has gone to comment that
he felt lucky to have the chance to appear as 007. However, he had
previously stated that he had been worried by the delays in
production of Skyfall and was eager to get back into the role
because, at the age of 43, he feels he is already getting too old to
cope with the extreme physical demands of playing James Bond.
started preparation about six months prior to filming and worked out
for about two hours each day of principal photography after shooting
During the rehearsal period
Daniel Craig was injured and had to rest up for two weeks causing
delays in scheduling. This is the second time in the franchise's
history that a delay has been forced by an injury to the actor playing
Bond. The first was on Die
Another Day (2002) where Pierce Brosnan blew
his knee out during filming of the opening hovercraft sequence,
shutting down production for around 1-2 weeks.
Craig performed many of his own stunts including the roof-top fight on
the top of a moving train traveling at 50 kph (31 mph) in the film's
opening sequence. Producer Barbara Broccoli stated: "Daniel contributes
a great deal to designing the action and the fights in particular and
he's the one who really pulls it off, because he wants to do as much of
it as he possibly can. We were in Turkey for the train sequence and I
had my heart in my mouth the whole time; he and Ola were fighting on
the roof of a moving train and the moves that they were doing were just
heart stopping. Daniel's the reason why the action works as well as it
does because he sells it, he's up there and I think audiences know
Apparently Daniel Craig told
'Rolling Stone' magazine that he wanted Skyfall to be his third and
final Bond movie, he stated, "I've been trying to get out of this from
the very moment I got into it but they won't let me go". Craig has
signed on for the next two James Bond films, both Bond 24 and Bond 25."
Sam Mendes described the character of Bond in the film as experiencing
a "combination of lassitude, boredom, depression and difficulty with
what he's chosen to do for a living".
to producer Michael G. Wilson the passport used by Craig in the movie
was an authentic document issued by the British Home Office and not
created by the props department. Everything from the paper, print,
photograph and jacket are entirely genuine on James Bond's 'official
passport'. However, as a security measure, the passport is encoded with
information that would instantly flag its improper use in any official
transaction. The actual details shown on Bond's passport are as
follows: Name = John Adam Bryce; Date of Birth = 16th December 1968;
Sex = Male; Place of Birth = London; Date of Issue = 22nd June 2012;
and Expiry Date = 22nd August 2029.
receiving a personal invitation from Queen Elizabeth II , Daniel Craig
appeared as James Bond in promotion of this movie at the Opening
Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London entitled "Happy and
Glorious". The pretend entertainment segment features Bond who meets
with the Queen (in her first ever acting role) to escort her safely to
the stadium. They are seen going to a helicopter, which flies along the
Thames River to the cauldron, whereby stunt-doubles then Skyfall
jumped out of the helicopter down to the awaiting ceremony to the
iconic James Bond theme.
This is Judi Dench's seventh
and final time playing M. Dench has played the role of M for seventeen
years between 1995 until 2012, her first being in GoldenEye. This
record ties with Bernard Lee who played the M character for the
amount of time except Lee appeared in eleven Bond movies. This is also
Dench's largest ever on-screen role playing the M character and also
the most significant James Bond film ever to explore a relationship
between the M and James Bond characters. Producer Barbara Broccoli
explains that Skyfall explores this relationship perhaps more than in
any of the 22 previous films, she stated, "We wanted to really mine the
relationship between Bond and M, because it is the most significant
relationship he has in his life. M is the only person who represents
authority to him. You have two extraordinary actors, and we just
thought, let's go all the way. It's worked extremely well. It's a very
According to Judi Dench, the
secrecy surrounding the details of the film's plot was such, that
advance copies of the script were individually stamped so they can be
specifically traced to each official recipient in the event of
negligent disclosure of plot details.
2013 props exhibition revealed M's full name "Olivia Mansfield" to be
visible in an inscription on the box given to Bond containing M's
porcelain bulldog figurine. In 1995, the original script for GoldenEye
had revealed M's name as "Barbara Mawdsley", but this was before the
Bond series reboot with Casino
Royale (2006), so Judi Dench's
interpretation of M is likely two different characters.
The Graham Norton Show in October 2012, Judi Dench revealed that her
mobile cell phone has a ringtone with the James Bond theme and how when
it rang during filming on the set, it would often produce laughter, and
after a while, her annoying 007 cell-phone ring-tone became an on-set
The film introduces three new
actors to play three recurring roles in the series, and they are;
Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Ralph Fiennes as
M. In each case, each of the three actors is the fourth person to play
their respective character in the official James Bond series.
production, Fiennes stated that he could not say anything specific
about his role other than that it was a "really interesting part which
is really quite fun".
When Ralph Fiennes confirmed
that his character is a government agent it put an end to speculation
that he would be playing Bond's old nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
However, a new speculation began that his character would be the new M
in the series and that Dench's M would be retiring in Skyfall. In the
end, the speculation proved true, as Fiennes' character Gareth Mallory,
is a former lieutenant colonel in the British Army and the Chairman of
the Intelligence and Security Committee, who becomes M at the end of
the film. Fiennes' M is the first time a male has played the part since
Robert Brown in Licence
to Kill (1989).
Fiennes is the fourth actor to play the M character in the official
series as his character Gareth Mallory becomes M at the end of the
film. Bernard Lee was the first actor to play M between 1962 and 1979
through the Connery, Lazenby and some Moore films. Robert Brown then
played M for four films for the rest of Moore's films and the two
Dalton Bond movies. Judi Dench played M between 1995 and 2012 with her
last appearance being in this film. The M characters in the unofficial
Bond films where played by John Huston Casino Royale
Edward Fox in Never Say
Never Again (1986) respectively.
Bond movie where two actors playing the character M, in this case Judi
Dench as M and her successor Ralph Fiennes, have shared the screen in
the same scenes.
the first time in the EON series both the first and last name of M,
Gareth Mallory, is revealed (albeit before he becomes M).
It was rumoured that Mendes originally offered the role of the
villain, Silva, to Kevin Spacey, but Spacey declined due to scheduling
In casting the role of Silva,
director Sam Mendes admitted that he lobbied hard for Bardem to accept
the part. Mendes saw the potential for the character to be recognized
as one of the most memorable characters in the series and wanted to
create "something the audience may consider to have been absent from
the Bond movies for a long time". He felt that Bardem was one of the
few actors up to the task of becoming "colorless" and existing within
the world of the film as something more than a function of the plot.
described his character as "An angel of death, a very cleanshaven
person who happens to be rotten on the inside. He has a very personal
objective, he's not trying to destroy the world. And he is on a
straight line to that objective: he is a man seeking revenge. It's
about being focused on the one person he wants to eliminate." Bardem
has also explained about finding the character inside the villain,
"It's always about who's the person behind the character. It would be
very difficult for me to play a role that I just saw as some kind of
symbol. In this case, there is a man suffering, a man full of pain and
frustration, who simply wants to fix the situation. Within that
journey, there was room to be funny or aggressive, but I could
perfectly understand who he was, and that helped me to portray him."
In preparing for the role,
Bardem had the script translated into his native Spanish in order to
better understand his character, which Mendes cited as being a sign of
the actor's commitment to the film. Bardem dyed his hair blond for the
role after brainstorming ideas with Mendes to come up with a distinct
visual look for the character.
Javier Bardem apparently was
once offered a role in an earlier Bond film. Bardem stated to
CinemaBlend, "Years ago, I was offered Bond. I don't remember what
movie it was for. But yeah, it just was not that time. I didn't feel
that it was the time for me to do something like that. And also, I was
doing something else, so I passed. This time, when I read it, I felt
that it was very powerful material, and I wanted to join a Bond movie."
in the Bond movie series have often had some physiological dysfunction
or trait that makes them distinguishable. For this movie, Bardem's
charater, Raoul Silva has a false jaw which was caused by his
attempted suicide when a hydrogen cyanide capsule implant in one his
back left molar was broken open and left his mandible lower jawbone
(aka the inferior maxillary jaw bone) physically scarred.
Whishaw is the fourth actor to play Q (abbreviation for the word
Quartermaster) in the official Bond series and this movie marks the
first time that Q is younger than James Bond. On choosing a younger Q,
the producers stated, "When it came to trying to reintroduce the
character of Q, it made sense that he would now be a young technical
genius and the character was written with that in mind."
character of Q has been compared to that of computer-genius types like
Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg. Although the actor himself has stated
the he doesn't even own a computer.
Mendes had initially declined
to confirm which part Ben Wishaw would play, and later said the idea of
the re-introduction was his, saying "I offered ideas about Moneypenny,
Q and a flamboyant villain and they said yes".
The following actresses were considered to appear as Bond Women:
the end Naomie Harris was cast as Eve; Berenice Marlohe as Severine;
Tonia Sotiropoulou as Bond's Lover; and Elize du Toit as M's Assistant
Despite ongoing speculation in
the media that Harris had been cast as Miss Moneypenny, this was not
confirmed by anyone involved in production of the film, with Harris
herself even going so far as to state that "Eve is not remotely
office-bound". According to Harris, "Eve believes she is Bond's equal,
but she is really his junior".
Harris prepared for her action
role as Eve by working out with a personal trainer for about 2 months,
two hours a day, five days a week. Her training included yoga,
kick-boxing, running and circuit training. Also on one day of the week
Harris did combat fighting training, another one day of the week she
did stunt driving training and for three days a week she learned how to
use machine guns and the Walther PPK.
was 35 years old at the time of filming and is one of the oldest
actresses to play a major Bond Girl. The eldest ever Bond Girls were
Honor Blackman, who was 37 years old at time of filming Goldfinger
(1964) and Maud Adams, who was also 37 years old at the time of filming
Harris is the third actress of Jamaican descent to play a Bond Girl,
Marguerite LeWars was the first in Dr.
No (1962). LeWars was the
reigning Miss Jamaica and was cast in the film when the production crew
encountered her at Kingston Airport where she had been an employee
there. Grace Jones was the second in A View to a Kill
(1985), she was
born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
Harris' Eve Moneypenny is the
first time in the official series that the character has had a first
name. Harris is also the first black actress to play the part. Lois
Maxwell was the first actress to play Moneypenny and she did so in 14
Bond films between 1962 and 1985 through all of the Connery, Lazenby
and Moore movies. Maxwell was then followed by Caroline Bliss for two
Dalton Bond movies and then Samantha Bond for four Brosnan Bond films.
This movie also represents the first time that Miss Moneypenny is a
fully-fledged main Bond Girl and not a supporting character.
Weisz, who is married to actor Daniel Craig, used to be in a
relationship with director Sam Mendez and she was also rumoured to be
considered for a role in this movie.
This is the first
English-speaking role for French actress Berenice Marlohe. She's stated
that her characterization of Severine was inspired by 'The Chimera'
from Greek mythology and actress Famke Janssen's Xenia Onatopp Bond
Girl character from GoldenEye
(1995). Marlohe has said "I wanted to
have that dangerousness spreading through her, but at the same time I
wanted to create a real human being with a range of emotions and the
inner struggles we go through as human beings." Moreover, the name of
the boat that Bond and Severine journey on in the film is called "The
Chimera". Reportedly, Marlohe got her part in the film on her own as at
the time she didn't have an agent.
model-actress Tonia Sotiropoulou auditioned for the role of
Severine but lost
out to Berenice Marlohe. However, the casting director Debbie
McWilliams suggested that the production might be able to find another
role for her in the film, so her management company resubmitted Tonia
for the film and she was finally cast as Bond's lover, who appears in a
minor role early on in the movie and has no lines, making her the first
Bond girl to consummate a relationship with Bond on screen without
saying a single word.
this is the first ever James Bond film in the official series where
production notes and publicity materials generally refer to the leading
actresses in the film as 'Bond Women' and not as 'Bond Girls'.
Rory Kinnear reprises his role MI6 chief of staff Bill Tanner for the
second time. Kinnear has portrayed the character more than any other
actor as he's also played the role three times in video games.
Barbara Broccoli has said that her father, pioneer Bond producer Albert
R. Broccoli, had been keen to work with Albert Finney, who was cast as
Kincaid in this movie, but the opportunity never arose.
Producers Barbara Broccoli and
Michael G. Wilson originally wanted Sean Connery to come out of
retirement and make a surprise cameo for the role role of
(played by Albert Finney) in a nod to the 50th anniversary of the film
series, but elected not to. Director Sam Mendes told 'The Huffington
Post', "There was a
definite discussion about Connery playing Kincade, way, way early on.
But I think that's problematic. Because, to me, it becomes too... it
would take you out of the movie. Connery is Bond and he's not going to
come back as another character. It's like, he's been there. So, it was
a very brief flirtation with that thought, but it was never going to
happen, because I thought it would distract."
Rapace, who plays Patrice, despite being onscreen for more than 15
minutes in the pre-titles chase and Shanghai scenes, doesn't speak a
single word of dialogue in the film. Ola is the ex-husband of Noomi
Rapace who starred in the original The
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
These are the previous projects the cast and crew have worked together
Judi Dench and director
Sam Mendes have previously worked
together in theater on Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard"
Daniel Craig and Mendes previously worked together on Road
to Perdition (2002)
Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins have also worked together
previously on Revolutionary
Road (2002) and Jarhead
Daniel Craig and actor Ben Whishaw previously worked
together on Layer Cake
Javier Bardem and cinematographer Roger Deakins previously
worked on No Country
for Old Men (2007)
is the first Daniel Craig Bond movie not to feature the character of
American CIA agent Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright.
The number of individual Academy Awards and nominations for the cast
and crew working on this movie are as follows:
Director Sam Mendes (1 win)
Cinematographer Roger Deakins (9 nominations)
First draft of script by Peter Morgan (2 nominations),
Final script by John Logan (3 nominations)
Composer Thomas Newman (10 nominations)
Designer Dennis Gassner (1 win & 3 more nominations)
Chris Corbould on special effects (1 win)
Javier Bardem (2 nominations, 1 win)
Ralph Fiennes (2 nominations)
Albert Finney (5 nominations)
Judi Dench (5 nominations, 1 win)
Sam Mendes wanted actors rather than stuntmen to cast as Silva's
mercenaries, so in order to find actors that fit the physical bill,
stunt coordinator Gary Powell set up a stunt training camp. They
started with forty-two men and the group had to learn how to throw
punches, react to punches, hold guns and react to being shot. The group
was eventually narrowed down to seven men who looked the most natural.
scene where the names of the leaked MI6 agents in the YouTube video are
shown are actually names of members of the production crew, though the
photos shown are of professional actors. The names used include art
director Paul Inglis, assistant executive producer Andy Surry, and
special effects technician Steve Benelisha. The other two MI6 agent
names, Mansur Dimka and Ben Daheer, don't appear to be based on anyone
in particular. The handle of the YouTube poster posting the video in
the film is 'vials' which is an anagram for Silva, the last name of the
film's villain. Also, the runtime on the YouTube video is 0:07, a
reference to Bond's code number of 007.
was reported that some of the actors playing smaller parts never
actually received a script to work with due to the production's strict
secrecy protocols. This was the case for actress Tonia Sotiropoulou who
played Bond's lover, she didn't know what she would be doing on the
film until the time her scenes were shot. She commented, "I was one of
the people who never had a script. I just got told what I'd be doing on
the set by the director. They have to be so careful. You have quite
strict contracts that say you can't say anything about the plot. And
everyone respects that."
Bardem's favorite Bond villain is Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me
(1979). Berenice Marlohe's favorite Bond Girl is Famke
Janssen from GoldenEye
(1995) and for Naomi Harris it's Grace Jones
from A View to a Kill
motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden has an uncredited appearance as a
motor-bike rider during the film's opening chase sequence.
The real-life CNN newscaster, Wolf Blitzer appears as a CNN News Anchor
reporting the terrorist attack on the MI6 headquarters.
There was a cameo from
producer, Michael G. Wilson, during a sequence in a funeral procession
of hearses, Wilson's cameo was as a pall bearer. However, this was
cut out, although there is one shot of him still in the movie thereby
intact the series tradition of the Wilson cameo which he has been doing
The real-life BBC news-reader Huw Edwards appears as a BBC News Anchor
reading the BBC news about one of the exposed MI6 agents.
Due to bankruptcy and delayed sale of studio MGM, development
and production was suspended on 19 April 2010 for almost nine months.
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson confirmed in a press
release, "Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of
MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended
development on 'Bond 23' indefinitely. We do not know when development
will resume and do not have a date for the release of 'Bond 23'."
Despite its canceled financing, some pre-production work still
continued on the movie during this period in order to ensure that the
movie was in theaters for the 50th Anniversary. Production finally
resumed in January 2011.
According to producer Michael
G. Wilson, a documentary crew was scheduled to follow production of the
film to celebrate the anniversary.
The film's budget is estimated to be between $150 and $200
a long time in development and pre-production Skyfall was
known as "Bond 23". The other titles that were considered for the movie
were: "A Killing Moon" and "Once Upon a Spy" and "Silver Bullet". Then
during 2011 the media falsely reported that the title of the movie
would be either "Carte Blanche" or "Red Sky at Night". Then around
October 2011 it was rumoured that the film would be titled Skyfall as
the internet domain names JamesBond-Skyfall.com and Skyfallthefilm.com
were registered prior to any official announcement. Then finally at a
press conference, held on 3 November 2011, the title was confirmed with
producer Michael G. Wilson calling it "the worst kept secret in
London", at the same event it was also announced that the story would
not be based on any previously published James Bond novel or
short-story. Co-producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed that the title "has
some emotional context which will be revealed in the film".The title
refers to the name of Bond's childhood home "Skyfall", and the setting
for the film's finale.
next Bond film (Bond 24) is expected to be released around 2014, which
will make it the 50th Golden Anniversary Year of producer Michael G.
Wilson's association with the official Bond film series. Wilson has
also done screen-writing on some of the Bond films, been a
legal/administrative/technical consultant and made regular cameo
appearances in the film series.
release year of 2012 marks the 25th Anniversary Year for Broccoli as a
producer on the series as her first credit as a producer was as an
associate producer on The Living Daylights in 1987. Skyfall is also
the 25th Year for executive producer and production manager Callum
McDougall who started as an assistant director on the same Bond film.
This movie also marks the 10th Anniversary of associate producer Gregg
Wilson. Gregg is the son of Michael G. Wilson who is the step-son of
co-founding producer Albert R. Broccoli.
Gary Powell and other members of his family have worked on every
production of the official series Bond movies since Dr. No (1962). His
and uncle Nosher Powell and Dinny Powell worked on all the early 60s
and 70s Bonds with Sean Connery and George Lazenby, his brother Greg
Powell worked on the 70s and 80s Bonds with Roger Moore and Timothy
Dalton, whilst Gary has worked on all the 90s and 00s Bonds with Pierce
Brosnan and Daniel Craig including Skyfall.
was rumoured that Danny Boyle was asked to direct this movie, however,
Boyle ended up directing the James Bond short with Daniel Craig and
Queen Elizabeth II which opened the 2012 London Olympics Opening
Reportedly, Sam Mendes was
offered the director's job at an after performance theater party by Daniel
Craig, where Craig broached the subject of directing a Bond film for
the first time. Mendes was at first hesitant to accept the job as
directing a Bond film had no appeal to him, but he did not reject the
offer immediately because of Craig's involvement and enthusiasm for the
project. He agreed to direct after meeting with producers Michael G.
Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and seeing the early direction the film was
going to take. During pre-production and the MGM bankruptcy period,
Mendes was originally hired as a consultant so as to avoid a direct
connection payment to Mendes from having been classified as a bona fide
director to the production, and as such requiring an official
There was speculation in the
media that Mendes had commissioned rewrites of the script to remove
action scenes in favour of 'characterful performances' with the
intention of bidding for an Academy Award. Mendes denied the reports,
stating that the film's planned action scenes were an important part of
the overall film.
is the first Bond movie to be directed by an Academy Award winning
director. The first Bond film seen by Sam Mendes was Live and Let Die
(1973) and his favorite is From
Russia with Love (1963). As a boy,
Mendes owned a die-cast Dinky Toys model car of James Bond's Aston
Martin DB5 car which inspired him to include the vehicle in the film.
Due to MGM's bankruptcy Peter
Morgan, the original script writer, left the production of Skyfall.
However, Morgan later then stated that his ideas from the first draft
were used by the screen writing team Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John
Logan. Director Mendes adamantly denied this, stating that it was "just
not true" and that Morgan's script treatment had been discarded once
Mendes agreed to direct. Logan recounted being brought into the project
by his long-time friend Sam Mendes, describing the process between
Mendes and the writers as "very collaborative", and that writing
Skyfall was one of the best experiences he had had in scripting a film.
script was heavily revised by John Logan, even throughout filming and
when filming wrapped, the script had been revised thirteen times since
the third draft. During principal photography character and plot
details from the script were kept under tight wraps with the names and
identities of several characters such as those played by Ralph Fiennes,
Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Albert Finney being kept a secret for
the final consecutive Bond movie to be written by screen-writing team
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Previously they have worked together on
Die Another Day
(2002), Casino Royale
(2006) and Quantum of
(2008) and have decided to move on after Skyfall.
an interview in the Bond documentary 'Everything or Nothing: The Untold
Story of 007', producer Barbara Broccoli commented on how 9/11 made the
producers think about doing something more serious and that it might be
time to move on from the Pierce Brosnan style of Bond films. In another
interview, she added: "In terms of 9/11, we thought Die Another Day had
become too fantastical. That's something that's happened in previous
Bond films along the way. There comes a time when you have to
recalibrate the tone of the films to fit the times we live in". Skyfall
will be the third consecutive Bond film that deals with terrorism in
the story and in particular cyberterrorism.
This movie does not follow on from the two previous
Bond movies Casino
Royale (2006) and Quantum
of Solace (2008), producer
Barbara Broccoli confirmed that the series will go on to other
different stories from now on, but the reappearance of Quantum
organization in later films could be a possibility. Broccoli explained;
"I think in some way, he will go after the Quantum
So in that sense, it may become a trilogy, but we haven't really
structured it that way."
John Logan used Shanghai as a filming location because "What we were
looking for was opposition to London. We wanted exotic locations that
seem so unlike the world that he grew up in, the world that he
functions in, in a way trying to find places for Bond to be
uncomfortable." This movie is also the first Bond movie to have filmed
in China. Originally, Licence
to Kill (1989) was to be filmed in China but
when the Chinese Government made a number restrictive demands such as
veto rights over the script, the viability of the location fell through.
is the third Bond movie to have filmed in Istanbul, Turkey. The first
was From Russia with
Love (1963) and the second was The World Is Not
Enough (1999). Producer Barbara Broccoli has stated that
Bond creator, Ian Fleming's favorite city.
film's screen-writers Purvis and Wade thought up the film's title
two in the morning. They stated: "We needed a
haunting place name. I just plucked it out of the air, and it turned
out to be something that struck a chord with the filmmakers." Skyfall
is the only ever Bond film where the team provided the film's title.
This original title was used in favor of the four remaining
unused Ian Fleming James Bond story titles, which are; "The
of a Lady", "The Hildebrand Rarity", "Risico" and "007 in New York"
(aka "Agent 007 in New York").
Skyfall is the first original Bond movie title that has already
the title of other fictional works, which are as follows:
1966 sci-fi novel by Harry
1987 novel by Thomas Block
2004 novel in the "Saga of the Skolian Empire" sci-fi
series by Catherine Asaro
2007 novel by Anthony Eaton in the fantasy action
The name of a 2002 Norweigan film Falling Sky, its literal
English translation being "Falling Sky" or "The Sky Is Falling Down"
Some of this film's foreign language titles have the film known in
their respective regions as "Operation Skyfall".
In April 2011 Sam Mendes and
Barbara Broccoli travelled to South Africa for location scouting. Then
in August 2011 during pre-production it was reported that shooting
would take place in India, with scenes to be shot in the Sarojini Nagar
district of New Delhi and on railway lines between Goa and Ahmedabad.
However, production crew faced complications in securing permission to
close sections of the Konkan Railway and by the time permission was
eventually granted the production crew had elected not to shoot in
this movie was to be shot in six countries but due to budget cutbacks
in January 2012 filming only took place in in five countries: England,
Scotland, China, Turkey and Japan. In Japan, just a small amount of
filming was done on Hashima Island. Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands
replaced Duntrune Castle in Argyll, Scotland as the location for the
climatic action scenes at the end, with some of it also being filmed at
Surrey's Hankley Common in England. Scenes planned to be originally
shot in India or South Africa were instead filmed in Turkey.
producer Ali Akdeniz who has worked on both The World Is Not Enough
(1999) and Skyfall says that the location Istanbul,
Turkey was particularly chosen as a homage to the James Bond
character's connections with Istanbul, once known as "The City of
Principal photography was
scheduled to take up 133 days,although the actual filming took 128. On
7 November 2011 filming began in and around London, with the
cinematographer Roger Deakins using Arri Alexa cameras to shoot the
film has used filming locations in the UK, and specifically London,
more than any other Bond film. Several different locations in the city
of London were used as interiors and exteriors for the film, some of
which would not normally be accessible for filming. London locations
included Vauxhall Bridge; Millbank; The Old Vic Tunnels underneath
Waterloo Station in London served as the MI6 training grounds; an
underground car park on Great Suffolk Street; Trinity Square; the
entrance to Broadgate Tower; The Virgin Active Pool in Canary Wharf;
Cadogan Square, The National Portrait Gallery; Parliament Square; Tower
Hill; the building roof of the Department for Energy & Climate
Change (DECC); Smithfield car park in West Smithfield; the Smithfield
Meat Market; St Bartholomew's Hospital was used as the filming location
for the scene in which Bond enters MI6's underground headquarters;
Charing Cross Underground Station was used for shooting the Temple and
stations seen in the movie; Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College;
Southwark; Whitehall; and London's landmark Trafalgar Square.
is the first Bond film to be shot entirely using digital cinematography
and also the first film to use the Arri Alexa Studio camera, which
cinematographer Roger Deakins selected because, unlike the other Alexa
models, it has an optical viewfinder.
On March 2012 production moved to Turkey, with filming reported to be
continuing until 6 May. The
opening sequence shot in Adana and Istanbul in Turkey took around two
months to film, three months of rehearsals, four months of preparation,
200 crew members from England and another 200 local crew in order to
produce around 12-14 minutes of screen time.
chase scene in the Bazzar was shot in Eminonu Square, which is a busy
business district in Istanbul containing the ancient Spice Bazzar and
Yeni Moaque, and had to be closed for 3 weeks in order to do this. The
Turkish bazaar scene featured over 250 dressed market stalls created by
the film's art and props department and was populated by around 500
extras and background artists. As trading was off-limits during this
period, the shop-keepers in the area were reimbursed 750 Turkish Liras
per day to cover their losses.
opening vehicle chase was originally written and intended for the
earlier also Istanbul based Bond film The World Is Not Enough
scrapped as the film's story had become too expansive. This film's car
chase includes a fleet of twelve Land Rover Defenders and sixteen Audi
A5's which were all modified and reinforced in different ways to the
requirements of the stunt and camera departments. Two of the Defenders
had driving 'Pods' fitted to the roof of Naomie Harris' 8 ft above the
ground car allowing her to concentrate on delivering dialogue while
being driven by former 'Stig' Ben Collins at 50 mph (80 kph) through
the packed streets of Istanbul. Multiple British rally car champion
Mark Higgins was Harris' driving stunt double for wide-angle shots of
the Land Rover weaving through traffic. Other modifications to the
vehicles for the stunt sequence included spread wheels to give greater
stability, conversion from manual to automatic, modified engines to
enhance engine power and the addition of interior roll cages for
protection and safety.
the motorbike chase scene in Turkey, Coca-Cola was sprayed
on the tarmac of the streets in Istanbul to keep the bikes from
sliding. It was also rumoured that during the rooftop motorcycle chase
scene the rooftops of the building used were allegedly
damaged and one of the incidents even made it into the local news
headlines when a stunt-rider rode off a roof and smashed the window of
the renowned Bobeyi jewelery store. However, producer Michael G. Wilson
held a press conference and confirmed that the roofing of the buildings
used were removed and replaced with replicas for the stunt riding and
that they remained there until filming wrapped and the original tiling
was placed back.
total of twenty Honda CRF250R motorbikes were used for the opening
chase scene. The Honda motorbikes were modified especially for the
stunt sequence by the special effects team of Chris Corbould. The
'Police' and 'Street Merchant' bikes seen were ridden by stunt-riders
and due to the high speed of the chase, the stunt crew teams filming it
also rode the bikes too in order to carry the cameras.
opening train action sequence was originally planned to be shot on in
the Sabarmati railway yard of the Konkan Railway in India. However, it
was decided not to film there due to delays in getting permission and
many complex problems. South Africa was also considered to film this
sequence but in the end filmmakers decide to film it in Turkey.
principal photography, in Adana, three Turkish youths bypassed tight
security to infiltrate the closed film set where they slipped under
train cars and rendezvoused at the repair depot and put on off-duty
worker's helmets and overalls then went on to film the train scene
footage from the film on their mobile phones. They were later caught by
security and removed from set after being interrogated.
The climax of the opening chase sequence takes place at the Varda
Bridge which is about an hour's travel out of Adana in southern Turkey.
The stone arch structure is also known by a number of other names
including Alman Köprüsü (German Viaduct), Koca Köprüthe (Big Viaduct),
the Varda Viaduct and the Giaour Dere Viaduct. Bond stunt double, Andy
Lister, dived backwards off the bridge, which is a 300 foot drop for
the scene. A crane was set up on a train carriage to hold a safety line.
there were 85 versions of Tom Ford's tailor-made suit worn by Bond in
the opening chase sequence. 30 were made for Daniel Craig and 30 for
his double and stunt-double. Also each version of the suit was
specifically for a particular scene of the opening sequence. For
example, when Craig was riding the motorbike, a suit with longer
sleeves was worn so that it wouldn't raise up over his forearms.
Moreover, Craig's tie had to be weighted for the motorbike chase scene
so as to keep the tie from flying around during high speeds. Costume
Designer Jany Temime has stated: "Each suit had three fittings, like a
real traditional Saville Row suit. It was very high class tailoring.
The first suit was mohair, very lightweight, woolen silk. The tuxedo is
woolen silk. They were all made of beautiful fabric. He would be
jumping and fighting, and then he would stand up, and the suit would be
Skyfall is only the second Bond movie in which James Bond gets a
gunshot wound, the other movie he gets shot in is Thunderball (1965).
Stunt-man and Bond
stunt-double Andy Lister performed the opening sequence's fall from the
bridge into the river. Riggers were set up a crane on a train carriage
to hold a safety line, Andy then reacted to the gun shot by limply
diving backwards off the 300 foot (92 m) drop.
This is the first Bond
movie to have two separate train action sequences, and the second Bond
movie to have a roof-top fight sequence.
the locations department and the production team had to negotiate with
613 part owners of the exotic Calis Beach, which is a remote beach in
Fethiye, a coastal town on the in the south of Turkey, in order to
allow them to film sequences featuring Bond.
With the cooperation and
assistance of the London Mayor's Office and Transportation For London,
the production was able to shut down both Vauxhall Bridge and Millbank
for a scene where M witnesses a terrorist attack on MI6 headquarters.
The explosion of the MI6 HQ was represented by a few fireworks on the
day, but then an MI6 model miniature was later rebuilt at third scale
on the back-lot at Pinewood Studios where the film's special effects
and miniature effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, used twenty-eight
explosives to replicate the attack and then was added to the film
digitally in post-production.
In Casino Royale
tells Bond that if he breaks into her home again, she will have him
killed. In this movie, Bond does break into her home a second time, but
M does not make good on her threat.
house in the film is the former home of the legendary Bond composer
John Barry. The filmmakers thought it would be a lovely tribute to the
late composer who composed many of the James Bond film scores and
defined the signature theme music in the series, his work being a core
inspiration for the modern Bond music composed by David Arnold. John
Barry passed away in 2011 and Thomas Newman's score for this film has
been said to pay tribute to Barry.
The porcelain bulldog on M's
desk (which she later gives to Bond) is draped in the Union Jack. These
bulldog figurines were created by Royal Doulton during World War II to
represent Patriotism. In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Control
(John Hurt), the head of MI6, has two Royal Doulton bulldogs sitting on
For the meeting between Q and Bond, production worked during the
National Gallery's closing hours at night.
The Walther PPK/S 9mm
short firearm that Q gives Bond to use in this movie is considered to
be the most popular known gun used by Bond as it's the one he used the
most. The gun used in this movie uses hand recognition coded to Bond's
palm prints, this was also the same weapon that was used by Timothy
Dalton's Bond in License
to Kill (1989).
Mendes confirmed that China
would be featured in the film, with shooting scheduled to take place in
Shanghai and "other parts" of the country. Screenwriter John Logan
described that production deliberately sought out locations that were
"in opposition" to London with an exotic quality that made them "places
for Bond to be uncomfortable". Second Unit Director Alexander Witt
traveled with his second unit team to Shanghai in China to shoot
establishing shots and driving sequences. The crew worked nights in the
busy week leading up to the Chinese New Year to capture the metropolis.
An aerial unit piloted by Marc Wolff was granted rare access to the
skies above the city to shoot from a helicopter on loan from the
Chinese Government. Production Designer Dennis Gassner and the art
department then worked to create the rest of the Chinese environment on
sound-stages at Pinewood Studios.
Many scenes were not filmed on
location in Shanghai, such as the Virgin Active Pool in London's Canary
Wharf acted as Bond's hotel pool in Shanghai, and the entrance to
London's fourth tallest building, Broadgate Tower, was also lit up to
look like an office building there. The interior of the Golden Dragon
Casino where Bond met Severine was constructed on a sound stage at
Pinewood. Additional scenes were filmed at Ascot Racecourse, standing
in for Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
The scene where Bond is tracking the assassin, Patrice, in the Shanghai
office skyscraper, the glass set used in this scene was nicknamed "The
Jellyfish" and was built at Pinewood Studios. It was likened to being
like "a hall of mirrors", cinematographer Roger Deakins stated;
"Because it was all glass, the crew walking through it kept bashing
into things." For filming, Deakins lit the set with two gigantic LED
(Light Emitting Diode) panels which were used to represent electronic
billboards exterior to the skyscraper's office's windows. The
production had originally location scouted for a Chinese skyscraper but
this proved unsuccessful, and in the end the substitute set was better
as it was multi-dimensionally made of glass.
at Pinewood Studios utilized thirty-one different sets on eight
different sound stages including the gigantic 007 Stage. Major sets
included the Golden Dragon Casino on D Stage and the Paddock Lot, the
exterior of the Dead City Island on the North Lot and the interior of
MI6's underground bunker headquarters on the 007 Stage, the
taking 9 weeks and 250 crew to build the set. The Paddock Tank (aka the
Exterior Tank) doubled as the exterior of the Shanghai Golden Dragon
Casino. The set was lit by three-hundred floating lanterns and two
thirty-foot high dragon heads. Twelve artisans were flown in from China
to create the authentic structures. They were made from wound steel
cables, silk fabric and lit from within by 400 light bulbs.
During the martini scene at the bar in the Golden Dragon Casino, the
famous Bond drink catchphrase "Shaken, not stirred" isn't actually
spoken, but the martini is explicitly concocted on screen and the
bartender is shown shaking the martini before pouring it. Also this is
the first Bond film where Bond is seen drinking beer, specifically
Heineken, who contributed a large amount of money for product
The type of lizards seen in
the pit at the Golden Dragon floating casino are Komodo Dragons or
Komodo Monitors, their species genus is "Varanus komodoensis", being
part of the Varanidae monitor lizard species family. They are the both
the largest species of reptillian dragons located in the Indonesian
Islands and also the largest living species of lizard in the world,
they can grow to a length of 10 ft (3 m) and weigh up to around 150 lb
(70 kg). The name of the casino where the dragons are seen, "The Golden
Dragon Casino", references the lizards which are housed in it. Track 13
of Thomas Newman's soundtrack is called Komodo Dragon.
reports dated April 2012 recorded that the scene involving Silva's lair
in the movie would be set on Hashima Island, an abandoned island off
the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. In actuality, the scene was set on an
unnamed island off the coast of Macau, though based on the real-life
Hashima. Sam Mendes explained that the location was a hybrid of a set
and computer-generated images. Production chose to include the Hashima
model after Daniel Craig met with Swedish film-maker Thomas Nordanstad
whilst shooting The
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
in Stockholm. Nordanstad, who produced a short documentary on Hashima
Island in 2002 entitled Hashima, recalled Craig taking extensive notes
on the island at the time of the meeting, but was unaware of his
interest in it until Skyfall was released.
The computer main-frame room
in which Silva gives his introductory speech was specially constructed
so that it would be the right length for a one take shot in which
Javier Bardem leisurely walks and ends up right at Bond when at the end
of the speech. The other significant room that Silva is seen in during
the film is a plexiglass enclosure which was nicknamed by Javier Bardem
as a "Crystal Cage".
The name of the song heard
playing on Silva's island lair is "Boum!" and is sung by the famous
French singer/songwriter Charles Trenet. The song won the Grand Prix du
Disque and was first released in 1938.
bottle of alcohol that Silva offers Bond on his island says "1962" on
its label, referencing the franchise's 50th anniversary.
"Station H" as mentioned in the film refers to MI6's Hong Kong office.
The London underground tube
train crash that occurs when Bond chases Silva was filmed at Pinewood
Studio's large 007 Stage which has been the filming home to most of the
large Bond set pieces of the past. The crash was filmed on "The
Catacombs Set", where the crew built two full size fabricated replica
Tube train carriages, each weighing around 5-7 tons, the real ones
weigh around 25-30 tons. The Tube carriages were raised onto a track
about 20 feet above the base of the set. Near the ceiling of the set,
broken Tube tracks curved downwards with a monorail supporting the
carriages from above. The trains were then accelerated on the elevated
track guided by the monorail as they veer off the tracks and crash
through the catacombs ceiling which was composed of breakaway elements.
When the train crashed, it dismantled the majority of the 007 Stage.
Digital visual effects were later added in post-production to
supplement the practical special effects. It was too dangerous to allow
people to stay on the sound stage during the filming of the crash, so
eleven remotely-operated cameras were placed around the 007 Stage to
cover the crash from various angles.
For the exterior scenes shot in Whitehall, London, during the chase
between Bond and Silva, there were 100 background vehicles, 300 film
crew, 750 extras, and massive multiple government agency bureaucracy
co-operation. Permissions, negotiations and authorizations for this
chase sequence were permitted from the Westminster City Council,
Transport For London (TFL) and TFL Buses, the Met and CHX Police, The
London Underground, Network Rail, Herts Traffic Management Systems, the
Ministry of Defence (MOD), The Royal Parks, and The British Foreign and
quotation that M recites is from Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "Ulysses",
e.g. "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield". First published
in 1842, its recitation in the film's 2012 release occurs on the poem's
Vehicles featured in the film
include a Range Rover Vogue SE; a 3.0 L V6 Diesel Jaguar XJ L; a Range
Rover Evoque; black 2007 Audi A5 B8 cars; a Mercedes; a Stornoway
metallic grey Land Rover Defender 110 wheelbase double cab ute; a 320D
L Cat Hydraulic Excavator; 1998 Volkswagen Typ 1C New VW Beetles; an
Agusta Westland Merlin AW101 helicopter; various Honda CRF 250R
motor-bikes and the classic James bond car, the silver birch Aston
This film marks the return of
Bond's classic silver-birch Aston Martin DB5 car, which first appeared
(1964) and last appeared in Casino
Royale (2006). The
license plate number of the DB5 in this movie, BMT 216A, is the same
one that was used Goldfinger
(1964) and Thunderball
(1965). Also the
garage that was used to keep the car in this movie resembled the one
shown in Goldfinger
famous DB series of Aston Martin cars is named after Sir David Brown.
Brown was an entrepreneur, adventurer, and chairman of Aston Martin
from the late 1940s to the 1970s.
Scottish Dalness Estate once belonged to the Fleming family and author
Ian Fleming loved the Scotish region so much that he gave James Bond a
Scotish genealogical lineage, the character's father Andrew coming from
Glencoe where Skyfall filmed alongside the Buachaille Etive
There is an implication in
this movie that Bond's ancestors were Recusant Catholics. When Kincade
shows M the secret escape passage in the chapel at the Bond ancestral
estate, he explains that it was originally a hiding place for priests,
which strongly refers to the very long period in British history during
which Catholicism was illegal, and the families who continued to
practice Catholicism, shelter priests, and refuse the authority of the
official church (Church of Scotland in this case) were referred to as
"Recusants". One such prominent, real-life Recusant family from Dorset,
the descendants of whom Ian Fleming had known as a schoolboy, were
named "Bond." Their Latin family motto was "Non sufficit orbis," which
translates to "Not even the world is enough" or, more colloquially,
"The World is Not Enough," a line from Ian Fleming's novel On Her
Majesty's Secret Service and the title of 1999's Bond movie. One member
of this family, John Bond, was reportedly a spy for Sir Francis Drake
during Elizabethan times (despite his family's Catholicism).
Scottish family history was created by Ian Fleming in his penultimate
11th Bond novel "You Only Live Twice", first published in 1964. Fleming
was inspired to add the back-story of Bond's genealogy into the book
after seeing the character played by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962). The
meaning and relevance of the film's title is that it refers to 'Skyfall
Lodge' (aka 'Skyfall Glencoe' or 'Skyfall House'), the name of James
Bond's Scottish childhood ancestral home. In the Bond books, Fleming
gave Bond a real life lineage to the Bonds of Peckham. Skyfall is the
time in the official Bond film series that Bond discusses the death of
his parents, the first time was in GoldenEye
(1995). The clan of Bond
names created by the production team for the plaques and headstones at
the chapel and graveyard are; Andrew Bond, Robert Bond, Monique
Delacroix Bond, Celia Bond, Kathleen Bond, Elsa/Elsie Louise Bond,
Ramsay William Bond, and Margaret Jean Davidson Bond.
Shooting of the finale was
planned to take place at Duntrune Castle in Argyll, but was cancelled
shortly after filming began. Glencoe was instead chosen for filming of
these scenes. Skyfall Lodge is not an actual real-life building but a
purpose-built exterior set construction made of just plywood and
plaster stone. The custom-built artificial house in the film's story is
a countryside residence, its setting is in Glencoe, Scotland but the
filming location for it was actually Hankley Common in south-west
This first Bond movie where a
character is audibly heard saying the F word. Although, in The Living
Daylights (1987), Bond clearly says "For f***'s
be heard due to plane engine noise.
The helicopter seen in ending climax of the movie is an AgustaWestland
Merlin AW101 helicopter.
has been said to use around 500 CGI shots, the most since Die Another
Day (2002). A large amount of the visual effects in the
created by around 850 staff of Technicolor owned post-production house
The Moving Picture Company (MPC), 250 in Bangalore and 600 in London.
Animators, graphic artists, visual FX technicians and other VFX
professionals worked for eight months creating literally thousands of
frames, computer animations, graphic insertions and high-end visual
effects integrating all the digital content for the movie.
The explosion sequence in the
film's climax was shot over two consecutive nights. Ironically, prior
to the big bang, Javier Bardem was banned from smoking at the on-set
location because of the fire-risk of the dry grass in the field where
the set was located.
is first Bond movie where M (or any top-ranking MI6 official) dies
on-screen. And also the first Bond film in which the villain is
successful in completing his primary objective (death of M).
The Department of Energy and Climate Change was used in the scene when
Bond stood on the roof near the end of the film.
used in this film included an Anderson Wheeler double-barreled
chambered 500 NE (Nitro Express) hunting rifle belonging to Bond's
father; Silva's reproduction Percussion Cap Ardesa 1871 Duelling
Pistol; Kincade's Colt Model 1878 shotgun; two Steyr M9-A1 pistols;
various Heckler & Koch HK416 assault rifles belonging to
men; Heckler & Koch G36C rifles with G36V carry handles used by
Metropolitan Police Service's CO19 officers; M4-style carbine assault
rifles used by Mi6 security officers; Eve's Olympic Arms K23B rifle;
various standard Glock 17 pistols; a 100 round drum mag semi-automatic
Glock 18 machine pistol-class pistol used by Patrice who also has a
sniper rifle and a hand recognition Walther PPK/S 9mm short firearm
with a palm-sensitive hammer coded to Bond's palm prints. For the
weapons training, the cast went through 200,000 rounds of ammunition.
Sam Mendes has commented that this film was influenced by The Dark
Knight Batman film series directed by Christopher Nolan. Mendes has
stated: "In terms of what Nolan achieved, specifically 'The Dark
Knight', the second movie, what it achieved, which is
exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody...What Nolan proved
was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining
and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case
with The Dark Knight, it's not even set in our world. That did help
give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without
The Dark Knight, might not have been possible." One shot in the
movie where Bond is standing on-top of a building looking-out
over London with a flag of England evoke Batman perched on roof-tops
looking-out over Gotham City. Christopher Nolan has also often stated
that the James Bond movies had influenced his "Dark Knight" trilogy.
is the third Daniel Craig Bond movie in which he has not appeared in a
traditional series gun-barrel sequence shown at the start of the film.
According to Sam Mendes they did try to put the gun-barrel sequence
before the pre-titles sequence but that didn't work out artistically.
So instead it was put at the end of the film so as to be able mark the
Golden Anniversary of the franchise with Bond's 50th Anniversary logo.
Also Craig is the first actor to have three different gun-barrel
sequences, with Bond wearing different suits and having different
stances as he shoots.
ten minutes of footage were cut out of the film due to the film's
extensively long running time. The scenes that were cut included MI6
agents after the MI6 HQ explosion; a funeral procession for MI6 agents;
Severine at Shanghai International Airport; scenes involving Severine's
activities; an M and Mallory scene; early scenes with M's Assistant
Vanessa; and Bond running through Regent's Park.
The traditional end-of-movie James Bond official series "James Bond
Will Return" is included during the film's closing credits.
The film was later converted
into the IMAX format for projection in IMAX cinemas, however,
cinematographer Roger Deakins was unaware that the film was to be
released on IMAX until after he had made the decision to shoot the film
with the Arri Alexa cameras, and was unhappy with the IMAX tests made
from his footage. After exploring the IMAX system further and
discovering that the IMAX Corporation was using their proprietary
re-mastering process, Deakins had further tests made without the
process and found that infact "the images looked spectacular on the big
Skyfall world premiered within
a couple of weeks of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Dr. No on 10
May 1962. Also a new Bond documentary 'Everything or Nothing: The
Untold Story of 007' was made to be released for the Golden Anniversary
of the franchise
four-year gap between the release of Skyfall (2012) and Quantum of
Solace (2008) is the second longest period between a Bond
released and also the longest time between movies without a casting
change for Bond. The longest period between the release of Bond movies
was between Licence to
Kill (1989) and GoldenEye
(1995), and then
between Die Another Day
(2002) and Casino Royale
(2006), and in both
cases there were casting changes to the actor playing Bond.
In October 2012 British
singer-songwriter Adele confirmed that she had written and recorded the
film's theme song with her regular songwriter, Paul Epworth. It's the
first Bond Song to share the same name as the film's title since
Madonna's Die Another Day a decade earlier. The song was recorded at
London's Abbey Road Studios with a full orchestra. A 90 second version
of the song was leaked online not long after Adele officially announced
on Twitter that she was the artist singing the film's title song. The
song is also the first ever James Bond theme to debut in the Top 10 on
the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, entering at No. #8, it's also the 7th
Bond song to reach the US Top 10 and the 13th to reach the US Top 100.
Adele's Skyfall is the first Billboard Top 10 hit to win the Academy
for Best Original Song since Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' from 8 Mile
(2002), ten years earlier.
The movie's soundtrack
is composed by Thomas Newman who worked with Sam Mendes as composer for
(1999), Road to
Perdition (2002), Jarhead
(2008). Newman replaced David Arnold as composer and
when asked about the circumstances surrounding his departure from the
role, David Arnold commented that Newman had been selected by Mendes
because of their work together, rather than because of Arnold's
commitment to working with director Danny Boyle as composer for the
Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Soundtrack features 30 tracks making it the most ever for a James Bond
film score. The previous record holder in the official series had been
(2006) with 25 tracks and next in line is Quantum of
Solace (2008) with 24 tracks. Allthough all of the film's
composed by Thomas Newman, it contains interpolations of Monty Norman's
original "James Bond Theme", and the only score that wasn't composed by
Newman was the "Komodo Dragon" track which is an instrumental
interpolation of the film's "Skyfall" theme song. Also the album does
not featured title song sung by Adele, this is the second time that a
title song hasn't been included in a Bond soundtrack, the first time
was Chris Cornell's title song "You Know My Name" not appearing on the
movie is title designer Daniel Kleinman's sixth collaboration as title
designer in the Bond series. Kleinman has done the opening titles and
gun-barrel sequences from GoldenEye
(1995) to Casino Royale
not Quantum of Solace
(2008), where US special effects company MK12 was
is the second longest Bond movie of all time with Casino Royale
being the longest and On
Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) taking the
third longest running time slot.
order to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Bond film series and as
a promotional tie-in for this movie, Skyfall production created "Global
James Bond Day" on the 5th October 2012. This day featured worldwide
events, including global online and live charity auction event
organized by Christie's in London, a global survey to discover the
favorite Bond film country by country, a film retrospective at the
Museum of Modern Art in New York, a Music of Bond night in Los Angeles
hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and in
Toronto Designing 007: 50 Years of James Bond Style.
The Royal World Premiere was held on Tuesday 23rd October 2012 at Royal
Albert Hall in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Charles and
the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Parker-Bowles). At the request of HRH
Prince Charles, the Gala Charity Premiere Benefit aided the support of
former and current serving members of Britain's three intelligence
agencies, GCHQ, the Security Service, and the Secret Intelligence
Service. Also in attendance were director Sam Mendes, and actors Daniel
Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe,
Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw and Judi Dench. The gala premiere raised UK
£300,000+ in aid of the Prince's chosen charities.
The London 'Mirror' newspaper reported that about £29 million or about
a third of the film's budget was raised from commercial deals. The
following are some of the product placements and promotional tie-ins
Coca Cola's Coke Zero
Visit Britain Tourism's 'Live Like Bond' campaign
"The James Bond Archives" and "SKYFALL: Bond On Set" books
Procter & Gamble fragrance
'Literary Review' magazine
Tom Ford clothing
Cartamundi playing cards
Omega Watches including a 50th Anniversary Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M
"SKYFALL" Limited Edition watch
Corgi die-cast James Bond Skyfall toy Aston Martin DB5 cars
The London 2012 Olympics
Hornby Scalextric car sets
Jaguar & Land Rover vehicles
Activision's 007 Legends video-game
RT Marketing James Bond 007 merchandising
Sky TV's Sky Movies 007 HD Bond channel
Sony Electronics products including Bravia TVs
Vaio laptops and computers
Xperia tablets & smart-phones
The Sony Xperia TL phone and Heineken beer being two of the products
making brand-cameos in the film
product placement and promotional tie-in for Heineken Lager Beer caused
a controversy in the media prior to release, the main criticism being
the lack of integrity and blatant commercialization with Daniel Craig
actually appearing in a Heineken ad and being disrespectful to Bond's
traditional drink, the shaken and stirred martini. Producer Michael G.
Wilson and Daniel Craig both defended the money earned for this product
placement by indicating that the Bond movies cost a lot of money to
make and this particular film could not be completed without the
finance provided and many of the products are based around supply of
the products with technical support and Bond is still seen in this
movie drinking Vodka Martini.
Reportedly online retailers of cut-throat razors had sales increases of
50% to 400% due to the exposure generated by this film.
is the most successful ever James Bond movie at the international
box-office and also had the biggest ever opening weekend at the
box-office for a Bond film in Britain.
This is director Sam Mendes's first film not to be rated R.
This is the first Bond
movie to get Oscar nominated in three decades. The last time was around
31 years ago when For
Your Eyes Only (1981) was nominated for Best Song. Skyfall
is also the first Bond movie to receive 5 Academy Award nominations,
which were for Best Song, Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Effects Editing
and Cinematography. This movie is also the first Bond movie to win two
Oscars; a tied Oscar for Sound Editing and an Oscar for Best Song.
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