There is still much we don’t know about the plot of Skyfall, James Bond’s upcoming 23rd adventure on the big screen. Directed by American Beauty filmmaker Sam Mendes, with Daniel Craig returning for his third outing as 007, the trailers for Skyfall have been nothing short of epic (especially when glimpsed in IMAX), and have positioned this film to be one of the biggest blockbusters of Fall 2012.

That all said: there is still much to learn about who and/or what is involved in the plot of Skyfall, and today we get a better look at some of the principal characters in the film, including 007 himself alongside some new faces to the franchise that may be friend, foe… or in some cases, a little of both.

Skyfall centers around a story in which Bond’s boss, “M,” (Judi Dench) loses possession of a vital piece of MI6 intel: a file containing the identities of the agency’s undercover agents (cue the inevitable Mission: Impossible comparisons). Bond – who is believed to be dead after some clever maneuvering by M and sharpshooter agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) – is called in to recover the missing info, which somehow (details are unclear) puts him on a collision course with the creepy-faced “Silva” (Javier Bardem), a ruthless assassin sporting a major grudge against “M” and MI6 – not to mention, some classic Bond villain blond hair.

Check out Bond, Silva, Eve, and femme-fatale new Bond girl Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe), in the Skyfall character posters below:

As stated, Skyfall looks like it could be one of – if not the – best James Bond movies that we’ve ever seen. Mendes’ photography of London, Shanghai and other locales has been stunning in just the small bit of footage we’ve seen; the action sequences look equally up to par; the (forgive the term) swagger of James Bond seems back in step with the tradition of the character; the script – by John Logan (Gladiator), Patrick Marber (Closer) and Casino Royale writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade – seems full of twists and intrigue, and the IMAX (as I said) is pretty stunning.

Plenty to look forward to when Skyfall comes to theaters on November 9, 2012.

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