“Sometimes the old ways are still the best ways.”
This is the thesis of Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film released in this 50th Anniversary year of the franchise. The point is articulated by different characters in the context of shaving and in planning for an assault, but it’s all over the film even when it goes unspoken. If Casino Royale was a deconstruction of 007, then Skyfall is the reconstruction. It’s not about reinstating the classic Bond Formula, though, nearly as much as it is finding a place in the modern era for the elements that helped to make Bond, Bond.
In the long-anticipated followup to 2008‘s Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig‘s superspy 007 will face a villain portrayed by none other than Javier Bardem, whose portrayal of Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men is one of the most chilling performances of the past decade.
Naomie Harris will star in the film as Eve, an MI6 field agent. (She had previously been rumored to be taking on the role of Miss Moneypenny.) And Judi Dench will return as M. Also starring in the film are Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney and Berenice Marlohe.
Director Mendes promised “plenty of surprises” from Skyfall, claiming that the film is “its own story. It doesn’t connect with the last two movies.” This is a change from Quantum of Solace, which was a first for the Bond franchise in that it was a direct sequel to Casino Royale.
Skyfall begins shooting today in London. Mendes also let it be known that shooting will take place in Scotland, Istanbul and Shanghai. The film is currently set for an October 26, 2012 release date.