It’s the James Bond movie franchise’s 50th birthday – and to mark the occasion, the 23rd installment in the series, Skyfall, will arrive in theaters before the year is out. Daniel Craig is back for his third tour as 007, working this time with director Sam Mendes (after Martin Campbell on Casino Royale and Marc Forster on Quantum of Solace).

Sony/MGM has released an official teaser poster for Skyfall online. The studios will unleash the film’s teaser trailer online at the beginning of next week (look for it on Screen Rant), before most likely attaching it to prints of Men in Black III – which opens in theaters around the U.S. next Friday.

Skyfall unites a fantastic cast of European thespians, alongside Craig and franchise staple Judi Dench – including, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, and Helen McCrory – plus Oscar-winner Javier Bardem as the film’s villain. In terms of storyline, the movie’s machinations are being largely kept under wraps, save for a logline revealing that Bond must deal with a threat from M’s past – one that not only threatens his boss, but the very future of MI6.

Check out Craig as Bond – frozen in a motionless variation on the series’ iconic “gun barrel sequence” – in the Skyfall teaser poster:

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Those who attended the 2012 CinemaCon got an early look at the Skyfall teaser trailer (or something virtually identical). Based on descriptions of said footage, it offers a tantalizingly, if brief, look at several of the film’s big set pieces – including, an explosive confrontation in the London subway – and alludes to the same idea suggested by the official logline: that Bond’s character and personal values will be put to the test, as he must determine where his true loyalties lie.

Between that intriguing premise and the great cast, Skyfall has a lot going for it. So long as Mendes proves as adept at directing action sequences as he has with creating portraits of human drama (American Beauty, Road to Perdition), this should join the ranks of the good Bond movies.

Skyfall will open in most European countries by either the last week of October or the first week of November, before hitting theaters around the U.S. on November 9th, 2012.

Source: 007.com