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Quantum of Solace - James Bond 007 (Daniel Graig) in pursuit of an Mi6 traitor © 2008 Danjaq

At a press conference in London today the official announcement was made for the start of filming on the 23rd James Bond film.

It will be called Skyfall and again star Daniel Craig in his third outing as Bond. The other two films where Casino Royale, which holds the record for highest takings, and Quantum of Solace. Dame Judi Dench will also be returning as M.

Quantum of Solace - Judi Dench
Quantum of Solace - M (Judi Dench) at the Mi6 Head Quarters in London © 2008 Danjaq

This time the movie will be directed by Sam Mendes who won an Oscar for American Beauty (1999) which starred Kevin Spacey having a a mid-life crisis. Sam is also know for Jarhead (2005) which is a little closer to the Bond films in some aspects. Jarhead starred Jake Gyllenhaal as a Marine fighting in Kuwait.

The latest ‘Bond girls’ have been confirmed as French actress Berenice Marlohe, who previously has acted mainly on French television, and Naomie Harris, who is know for her role as Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Bond movie, Dr No, which was released back in 1962.

Skyfall will have it’s theatrical release in UK on October 26th 2012 and in US and Canada on November 9th 2012.

Below your find the full list of the 23 Eon James Bond films and the press release.

Casino Royale - Daniel Graig
Casino Royale - James Bond (Daniel Graig) © 2006 Eon

Eon’s James Bond films

Sean Connery
Dr No (1962)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

George Lazenby
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Roger Moore
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)

Timothy Dalton
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)

Pierce Brosnan
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)

Daniel Craig
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (November 2012)

Quantum of Solace - Daniel Graig
Quantum of Solace - James Bond 007 (Daniel Graig) at Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama © 2008 Danjaq

Official Information

Eon productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios and Sony pictures Entertainment Announce 7th November is start of production for 23rd James Bond film “Skyfall”

LONDON, UK, November 3rd, 2011 – Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today presented the cast of the 23rd James Bond adventure, entitled Skyfall. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond 007. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. Skyfall, which goes into production on Monday, November 7th, will begin its worldwide roll-out in the UK and Ireland on October 26th 2012 and in North America on November 9th 2012.

Joining Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Director Sam Mendes were members of the cast of SKYFALL, including: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe. The filmmakers also announced Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw.

In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M 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.

“We’re so delighted to have Sam Mendes direct Skyfall and be working once again with Daniel Craig. We’ve a great script, an extraordinary cast and an incredibly talented creative team for this latest James Bond adventure,” said Wilson and Broccoli.

The Director of Photography is Roger Deakins, a nine-time Oscar® nominee who previously shot the films Jarhead and Revolutionary Road for Mendes. The Production Designer is Oscar® winner Dennis Gassner, who previously designed Quantum of Solace and collaborated with Mendes on the films Road to Perdition and Jarhead. The Editor is Stuart Baird, A.C.E., whose many credits include Casino Royale. Jany Temime, whose many credits include the Harry Potter series, In Bruges, and Children of Men, is the Costume Designer. Action specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. Gary Powell is Stunt Co-ordinator, Chris Corbould is SFX Supervisor and Steve Begg is Visual Effects Supervisor, all of whom have worked on previous Bond films.

007 fans can learn more about Skyfall at the James Bond franchise Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JamesBond007.

Casino Royale - Daniel Graig
Casino Royale - James Bond (Daniel Graig) © 2006 Eon