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Skyfall (2012)

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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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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 Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M 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, Eve (Naomie Harris) - following a trail to the mysterious 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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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:

£20,180,369 (United Kingdom), 28 October 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,364,714, 11 November 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$304,360,277

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,108,561,013
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In this film, Bond's ancestors are hinted at being Recusant Catholics; Catholics who hid their faith when it was illegal in England. In Elizabeth (1998), Daniel Craig played a Catholic priest sent by Rome to England to either kill or do harm to Queen Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) or undermine her attempt to form the Church of England. He is ultimately discovered hiding in the secret room of a house (similar purpose to the priest's hole in this movie) by Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), arrested, and tortured. See more »

Goofs

When Bond runs out of the London Underground Station, he is covered in dust. The dust is still there when he runs into the Houses of Parliament and still there when he drives off with M. Yet the dust has disappeared when Bond and M find the Aston Martin. There was no time to clean up the dust since he was driving. 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

Bond's traditional shot towards the camera, seen through the barrel of a gun, is placed at the end of this film rather than the beginning. After the blood stops dripping, the James Bond 50th Anniversary logo appears with the words "James Bond will return," below it. See more »

Alternate Versions

For its UK network premiere on ITV, the scene where Bond removes a bullet from his chest is slightly cut due to being broadcast before the watershed at 9pm. See more »

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The Moors
Written by Thomas Newman
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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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