‘James Bond 23′ Titled ‘Skyfall’; Official Plot & Character Details [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 7th, 2011 at 9:48 am,

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EON Productions held a press conference overseas in London to announce the beginning of principal photography on the 23rd installment in the James Bond franchise, which is being directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) and will once again feature Daniel Craig in the role of 007.

Mendes, alongside Craig and his fellow cast members Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, and Javier Bardem, dropped a few tantalizing tidbits of information – including confirmation that the new Bond flick will indeed (as has been heavily rumored in recent weeks) be titled… Skyfall.

Steadfast franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were also in attendance at the conference for the new James Bond movie – which ended up with an unexpected delay last year, due to MGM’s financial quandary. The extended break between the release of the last Bond flick (2008′s Quantum of Solace) and this new installment has only heightened anticipation for the film… and left fans all the hungrier for some concrete details about the project.

Besides Skyfall being confirmed as the film’s title, here are the other significant pieces of information that were announced at the Bond conference:

  • Skyfall will be shot on location in London (largely in the Whitehall area) as well as Shanghai in China, Istanbul in Turkey, and Scotland.
  • Javier Bardem is in fact (as he previously indicated) the primary antagonist of the film.
  • The film is reportedly not related to any previously-published Ian Fleming novel.
  • Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney, and Ralph Fiennes are all confirmed to have roles in the movie.
  • Marlohe will portray a “glamorous enigmatic” character named Severine.
  • Harris will actually be playing a field agent named Eve and NOT classic Bond gal Moneypenny, as was previously rumored.
  • The title “has some emotional context which will be revealed in the film.”
  • Skyfall will be a standalone story and QUANTUM will not figure into the plot
  • Mendes says there will be plenty of action and big set pieces in the movie, mentioning that “the action needs to co-exist with the drama. That’s the balance we have to strike.”

UPDATE: The Daily Mail is now saying that Harris “will initially play an M16 field agent known only as Eve. But the plot will see her character become Bond’s foil, Moneypenny.” While that could very well be true, it’s probably best to take the claim with a grain of salt – until we have some official confirmation on the matter, at least.

Lastly, here is the film’s official logline:

In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (Dench) 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.

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Craig's Bond will be back in 'Skyfall'

The news that Skyfall will not continue the QUANTUM storyline introduced and partially developed in the past two Craig-starring Bond flicks is pretty much guaranteed to be the most controversial piece of information announced here. It’s long been expected that film’s screenplay – which was penned by Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace co-scribers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, along with Oscar-nominee John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) – would indeed pick up that dangling narrative thread and bring it to a more satisfactory conclusion.

All the same, the cast and behind-the-scenes creative talent recruited to work on Skyfall is overall terrific – not to mention, the basic narrative setup sounds quite promising too. Plus, Bond fans who were never that taken with the QUANTUM subplot in Craig’s previous outings as 007 will probably be all the more pleased to hear that it won’t figure into the story of this new installment.


Skyfall will roll into UK theaters on October 26th, 2012. It will open in the U.S. a few weeks later on November 9th.

Source: EON Productions, MGM, Sony Pictures (via Coming Soon and Digital Spy)

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  1. All of this news was merely confirmation. I had already known all of this, including the title. There were mainly six big items we all learned:

    1. Craig will do one more Bond beyond this one.

    2. Naomi Harris won’t be Moneypenny after all. 

    3. The Locations.

    4. This film will not continue the story arc of the previous (Quantom) Craig films. 

    5. M/Dench plays a pivotal role in the plot. 

    6. Jeffery Wright will not be back to reprise his role as Felix Leiter. 

    It all sounds very cool, especially the cast, and Mendes directing. 

    The title, “Skyfall” sounds a little flat to me. Of all the rumours I knew of, I  was hoping the title would have had more resonance.

    On the other hand, at least the words “die” and “gold” aren’t in the title. 

    • * Quantum

    • Excuse me the title is skyfall you better like or not I like it more than you

  2. Skyfall? Sounds like it might have to do with satellites? Maybe a plane? My guess is it has to do with a biological threat…

    The most interesting thing about this news is the fact that this was stated. “Bond’s loyalty to M (Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.”

    Hmmm… IDK what that means, but it sounds like she stepped on a few toes on her way to become the new “M”

  3. The whole stopping the Quantum story is stupid in my opinion and also Skyfall? That doesn’t sound like a Bond film at all. What about When the Sky Falls or Road to Nowhere something that sounds like a Bond film and/or use the 007 in the title.

    • That doesn’t sound like a Bond film at all…

      Octo-dont want to be censored.

      Yeah Skyfall doesn’t sound like a Bond film….. ;)

      • It don’t lol all of the ones you named sound like either a Bond or spy film. Skyfall sounds like a scifi film.

      • your very wrong skyfall is a town in scotland

  4. So im personalky bummed out that it won’t continue the Quantum story. Atleast a refernce or set it up for the main antagonist for the 3rd.

  5. cool cool cool

  6. The title is servicable but hardly thrilling, doesn’t exactly evoke Bond when you say it. Glad there is no mention of Quantum, that seems to be in the past thank god.

    I’d still bet Harris is playing Monneypenny. There’s no reason Eve (Or Evelyn) couldn’t be her first name.

    There is going to be lots of filming nearby where I live, apparently some sort of stunt/explosion involving Vauxhall Bridge just by MI6 headquarters.

    • DSM,

      I know we don’t generally see eye to eye, but if you have the opportunity to snap some decent set pics, please send them our way.



      • Of course. I’m sadly going to miss some of the stunt work that they are doing next week, but I’m hoping to catch the stuff with the bridge.

        • Cool, thanks. :)


          • Harris is confirmed as MoneyPenny!!

            This is what Harris had to say:

            “I still can’t believe it’s happening, I’m still pinching myself. I can’t wait to get started. I have spent two months preparing for the role.”

            “I’ve been doing yoga three times a week to get into shape. I’ve been stunt driving and firing machine guns, which I’ve discovered I have a real taste for.”

  7. Skyfall could have a more emotional attachment, like someone’s world fallng apart. They say they’re changing the format to go for an Oscar. Who knows?

    • Actually, during the press conference, Mendes (seemingly) shot down the rumor about Skyfall being more “Oscar-friendly.” You can read about that in one of the conference transcripts I linked to at the bottom of this post.

      My apologies for not including that in my article. That particular rumor always seemed like… well, pure rumor-mongering was all, so I didn’t think it was really even worth addressing.

  8. I am upset that there will be no continuation of story. Loved Casino Royale, liked Quantum (despite the negativity), but here I find myself not caring anymore.

    The initial rumored talks around the film were better. I liked the idea of finding out more about that secret organization and having Rachel Weiss play the villain. Will this just be a filler film? i.e. if craig does in fact do a 4th film will that one go back to the original story?

    • That was my favorite part about QOS was the continuation. I love how it picks up exactly where the first ended. And how Bond was in the still frame of mind from Vesper betrayl.

  9. I really loved Casino Royale,but didnt like Quantum as much but cant wait for daniel graigs third outing as bond, im hoping this one makes up for his second outing and really like to see daniel do a fourth bond flick “james bond 24″ sometime in the near future maybe mgm studios can get Christopher nolan behind the wheel for james bond 24, hes a huge bond fan and whould like to see michael cane or gary oldman as the villians.

  10. SKYFALL could be the name of a previous MI6 mission gone bad, something that Judi Dench’s Character was personally involved in, perhaps before she became M and was maybe a 00 agent herself? I could see it playing out like this:

    When a ghost from M’s past shows up M finds herself and all of MI6 in prison and on trial for crimes against humanity, all except for a vacationing 007 whose spending some (unwanted) recovery time in the Swiss Alps (per M). Bond gets wind of whats happened and after secretly breaking into the UK’s top secret prison for high value prisoners, M assigns him the mission of his life.

    1) Find the traitor that put M and the rest of MI6 prison
    2) Infiltrate the mysterious organization the traitor is working for
    3) And above all else, do whatever it takes to stop the mystery man (or women) behind the organization, the only person outside of MI6 who knows about M’s past and her part in the failed SKYFALL mission, the last mission M was on before leaving the field and the only mission she never completed.

    M doesn’t tell 007 why, only that SKYFALL must NOT be allowed to succeed by any means necessary including going above and beyound “license to kill” actions, including royalty. Taken back by her “including royalty” comment, 007 accepts and heads out to follow the only lead M has, a former burned MI6 agent living in India; M’s former husband.

    In SKYFALL agent 007 finds himself in the middle of a blood feud between 2 of the worlds most powerful families and a 20 year old mission that if completed would almost certainly bring the planet to the brink of global war.

    This fall Bond is back in SKYFALL, a “not the QUANTUM story line” production.

    • Wow!!! That really really sounds interesting!!! :) Good Job!!! :)

      • Thank you

    • I think thats the plot. applaud your effort.

  11. I don’t understand why some people are upset that QUANTUM isn’t present in the film. Correct me if i’m wrong, but SPECTRE ran through Dr. No and From Russia With Love, but not Goldfinger, and how did THAT film turn out?

    I’m 99% sure of that

    • Good point about SPECTRE. The super crime organization was gone after Diamonds are Forever (excluding Never Say Never which does not officially count). Remember “Jaws” was in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker and was not missed. In my humble opinion, the QUANTUM storyline had run its course. Change has never been bad or really hurt the Bond franchise….for nearly 50 years!

  12. Well I still don’t like the title. I was hoping for “The Property of a Lady” or “Risico” as the title. I also noticed that they didn’t mention South Africa or India as filming locales, I guess the production team was just trying to feed us all misinformation or India railways was trying to drum up business. Then again they could be filming the train scene in Turkey.
    Hey I wonder if the Olympics will figure into the story somehow? Since the Olympics will be in London next summer. Food for thought I guess.

  13. Now I’m torn. Everything about it sounds promising so far – great acting talent, great director – but them cutting out Quantum seems like the wrong step to me. As much as people may not like QoS, you gotta admit that it had ambition and that it was a great set-up for a larger overarching plot, that could’ve given a 3rd film the kind of epic feel that’s harder (though not impossible of course) to pull off with a standalone story. QoS was a little mid-trilogy to me so I was hoping they’d at least round it off. Leaving things hanging just doesn’t seem right to me.

    On the other hand, gotta do what makes the best film…if production thought that they could deliver a better movie without Quantum, than if they decided to constrain themselves to the plot, then that wins. Though I don’t see how it’s a huge constraint really…

  14. Although there’ll be no continuation of the QUANTUM arc in ‘Skyfall’ – not fussed on the title it has to be said, but it’s the final movie that counts – I hope they’ll return to it sometime, although it really should have been wrapped up in ‘Quantum of Solace’, and not left hanging the way it is now… guess this means they’ll not be putting back in the original ending shot for ‘Quantum of Solace’ in the inevitable deluxe edition DVD and BluRay re-release next year!

  15. Its fully nice but unexpected title and its hurt hearing that the story will not continue.
    We have seen craig in casino royale in vesper’s love
    in quantum of solace in vesper’s missnes
    but never in fully action
    it will take one year 3 days to understand the plot
    best of luck to bond

  16. I can’t wait to see skyfall next year because my favourite actor Daniel Craig is in it and it would be better than the previous James bond films

  17. I can’t wait to see skyfall next year because my favourite actor Daniel Craig is in it and it’s better than the previous James bond films

  18. HARRIS is MoneyPenny!!! CONFIRMED!!

  19. Skyfall sounds like a John Gardner title as Opposed to Ian Fleming

  20. Great no closure on Quantum. Maybe Iris Elba’s Bond will bring closure to it. Thanks for the great continuity guys!!!

  21. SKYFALL has to do with all hell breaking loose as in the sky is falling both mission wise as well as learning the truth of his parents death on the alps ( see the snow within the title). Both are tied to one person…M

    Know that she has some involvement and still saving / protecting her knowing more than he bargained for will test his loyalty

  22. The emotional aspect will tie in to his parents death with in the alps.. Look at the title ..Blizzard type within the title.

  23. this is Just an Idea maybe Javier Bardem from No County for Old Men is The Classic James Bond Villain Jaws mostly due to Height and Partly due his Character Anton Churchhill in No County for Old Men maybe that is why his role is unspeiffied as they [meaning The Directors and Producers are keeping it Shush shush and presumely they are doing the exact thing with Ralph Finnes as Erst Blobaflied as it seems Plausable to pull off for casting, and No this is not speiffied as Speclution just a rough idea and I also Believe that Daniel Graig and Judi Dench resume their Roles as James Bond and M but in regards to Felix Lettier they may find a James Bond Novel based way to Presumly bring him back. But the Question is What Secret is M hiding from Bond and how she got into MI7 as an employer maybe if you Read The Book or Novel James Bond;Skyfall you could find out before the film comes out in 2012 on it’s release between 23th October and 7th December. Just Remmber this is Just a Rough Idea nothing else.

  24. I Can’t Wait For Skyfall 007 Daniel Craig my Favourite James Bond He Fits into role Perfectly Daniel Craig Signed Contract for Five more Bond Films Bond 24 Bond 25 Bond 26 Bond 27 Bond 28 Bond 29 my Favourite Bond Films are A View To A kill Licence to kill Tomorrow Never Dies Casino Royale & Quantum Of Solace The World is not enough By Sean Morrison

  25. not gonna go on to long here. want to but won’t. i think the QUANTUM story line should have been the deal. it’s what the last two were all about in the end. i enjoyed the mood between those two movies and the mood that was set up at the end of QOS. i had looked forward to watching Bond use some serious QUANTUM physics to kick butt. just think of the box set that would have been. BIG money lost in my opinion. SKYFALL sounds predictable. i’ll wait to see if QUANTUM continues before i see this one (sorry Daniel). won’t feel right, like something missing. ooops! i went on to long. sorry folks. enjoy the movie!

  26. Quantum should have been in it, also I feel that Vesper’s death played a major emotional role on James and should have been a part of the story as well. It would have felt like its one whole story if it had that and Quantum and not just a stand alone movie. Made it more stale in my opinion. And yes Harris is Moneypenny in Skyfall.

  27. Skyfall was a brilliant Name for the Movie It reflected upon his past and it was catchy! I think that the Movie Skyfall was the big ‘stepping stone’ towards the very start of James Bond. Just after the first book ‘Casino Royal’ this was the starter. With a New M and Q, Money-penny was brought in and everything kicks off. I was very sad to see Judi Dench go but Ralph was a good choice to fill the Place of ‘M’. Skyfall was brilliant and I would like to find out more of what drives James Bond because whatever it was, came from his past. Hence his Orphan home ‘Skyfall’.