23rd Bond Film Will Be Called “Skyfall.”

That’s the official word out of London this morning as film execs held a press conference to confirm speculation about the title of the Sam Mendes-directed movie that also happens to be Daniel Craig’s final turn as 007.

As has been previously reported, Javier Bardem will play the baddie, while Judi Dench returns as “M.” French actress Bérénice Marlohe is the so-called “Bond Beauty,” for the film, stepping into stilettos previously occupied by everyone from Urusla Andress to Olga Kurylenko.

Here’s more, via Empire:

“Mendes explained that other commitments (and a lack of chairs) meant that absentees included Ben Whishsaw (“playing a part I can tell you nothing about in a scenes I can tell you nothing about”), Ralph Fiennes
(ditto) and Albert Finney (ditto).

And what of the plot? According to the press release: “Bond’s loyalty to M is tested to the full as her past comes back to haunt her. As M16 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”

Skyfall doesn’t relate to any other Fleming or Bond property to date, and there’s no whiff of the mysterious Quantum and its devious schemes. “It’s its own story,” stressed Mendes. “It doesn’t connect with the other films. Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan have written a fantastic script and I think it has all the ingredients to be a fantastic Bond movie, including – to quash any rumours – lots of action.”

Read the full story here.

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