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Critical and popular hit means James Bond tops British film charts for first time since The Living Daylights in 1987

Skyfall, the hugely successful latest outing of James Bond, has become the first film to take more than £100m at the UK box office, despite the franchise marking its 50th year.

Daniel Craig's third outing as the spy, directed for the first time by Sam Mendes, will end the year having taken more than more than $1bn across the world, more than £620m.

The film, which pits Bond against Javier Bardem's blond-haired villain Raoul Silva, is still on general distribution more than two months after its release. It also features Judi Dench in her seventh outing as M.

The previous highest earner in the franchise was Casino Royale, which took just under $600m in 2006.

Skyfall is almost entirely set in London, where it received the most spectacular promotional trailer »

- Maev Kennedy

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