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Skyfall (2012)

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James Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

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Sam Mendes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... James Bond
Judi Dench ... M
Javier Bardem ... Silva
Ralph Fiennes ... Gareth Mallory
Naomie Harris ... Eve
Bérénice Marlohe ... Severine (as Bérénice Lim Marlohe)
Albert Finney ... Kincade
Ben Whishaw ... Q
Rory Kinnear ... Tanner
Ola Rapace ... Patrice
Helen McCrory ... Clair Dowar MP
Nicholas Woodeson ... Doctor Hall
Bill Buckhurst Bill Buckhurst ... Ronson
Elize du Toit ... Vanessa (M's Assistant)
Ian Bonar Ian Bonar ... MI6 Technician
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Storyline

When James Bond's (Daniel Craig's) latest assignment goes gravely wrong and Agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked, forcing (M Dame Judi Dench) to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows, aided only by field agent, Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), following a trail to the mysterious Tiago Rodriguez, a.k.a. Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves. Written by JoaoBond

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Release Date:

9 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skyfall See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,364,714, 11 November 2012

Gross USA:

$304,360,277

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,108,561,013
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions, B23 See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Fourth James Bond movie to film in Scotland after From Russia with Love (1963) (various locations in the Argyll and Bute region), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) (the Faslane Naval base), and The World is Not Enough (1999) (Eilean Donan Castle at Kyle of Lochalsh in the Highlands). This is the fifth Bond movie to shoot in Scotland, if including the unofficial Casino Royale (1967), which shot in Killin, Stirling. The first actor to play James Bond on the big screen was a Scot, Sir Sean Connery. The Scottish Dalness Estate once belonged to the Fleming family, and Ian Fleming loved the Scottish region so much, that he gave James Bond a Scottish genealogical lineage, the character's father, Andrew, coming from Glencoe, where this movie filmed, alongside the Buachaille Etive Mor mountain. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), James Bond was seen wearing a kilt. See more »

Goofs

Bond and M depart for Scotland in Bond's vintage Aston Martin because it is his personal vehicle and thus untraceable by MI6. However, M makes reference to the vehicle having an ejector seat, and at the Skyfall shootout the car is revealed to have machine guns hidden behind its headlights, so clearly the vehicle was at some point substantially upgraded by the agency (and thus has extensive electronic equipment that could be tracked). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
James Bond: [Speaking on a blue tooth device] Ronson's down. He needs a medical evac.
M: Where is it? Is it there?
James Bond: Hard drives gone.
M: You sure?
James Bond: It's gone. Give me a minute.
M: They must have it! Get after them!
James Bond: I'm stabilizing Ronson.
M: We don't have the time!
James Bond: I have to stop the bleeding!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature Bond periodically shooting at targets, Shanghai dragons, Silva's skull logo, and the Skyfall mansion from which Bond's eyes stare out. At the end of the credits, the sky is seen falling upon the mansion. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film's IMAX release presented the film open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.90:1, meaning there was more picture information visible in the top and bottom of the frame than in normal theaters and on home video. See more »

Connections

References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Name's Bond... James Bond
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by David Arnold
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After 50 years, James Bond finally comes home!
25 October 2012 | by zeki-4See all my reviews

Congrats to the production team, especially the writers and the director Sam Mendes, for creating one of the very best Bond movies. If there's any fairness at all in the movie industry, 'Skyfall' will get its fair share of Oscar nominations.

THE GOOD:

  • The precredit sequence: They spent almost three months filming this 10 minute sequence. When you see it, you will understand why.


  • The lead actors, especially Craig, Bardem and Dench really shine, given a script which has some very interesting plot twists. Especially in the third act, which takes place on British soil entirely.


  • Cinematographer Roger Deakins, has made 'Skyfall' the most visually stunning movie of the year. Not since Lewis Gilbert directed Bond movies has a Bond-movie looked this good. Excellent use of colors, light and locations in 'Skyfall'. And no shaky-cam (!) which destroyed the last Bond-movie, 'Quantum of Solace'.


THE "COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER":

  • The huge action setpiece from the beginning of the movie never gets topped during the rest of the movie. Some Bond-fans will probably be disappointed by this, since action set pieces are a key ingredient in the Bond franchise.


  • The soundtrack by newcomer Thomas Newman: A bit underwhelming when compared to John Barry, and later David Arnold, who scored the last six Bond-movies.


  • The return of the exact same Aston Martin DB5 presented to Bond by 'Q' in 'Goldfinger': I think this messes with the whole "reboot"-idea.


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