james bond 530 Confirmed: The Next James Bond Film Officially Called Skyfall

For over a year, the next James Bond adventure has been stuck with the clunky title of ‘Bond 23.’ Last month, rumors began circulating online that ’23′ would actually be called ‘Skyfall,’ after Sony Pictures acquired dozens of URLs containing that name and/or Bond. During a press conference in England on Thursday, the cast and crew confirmed that ‘Skyfall’ is indeed the film’s title, that it doesn’t connect with any existing Ian Fleming Bond works, and that director Sam Mendes has no intention of aiming his version of 007 directly at Oscar voters.

“I think a Bond movie is for the audience, and only for the audience,” Mendes said (via Coming Soon) when asked about any Academy Awards-baiting he might try with ‘Skyfall.’ (You’ll recall another rumor from last month that claimed Mendes was axing some action in favor of “character performance.”) Not that ‘Skyfall’ doesn’t have some pretty heavy hitters involved. In addition to Daniel Craig (returning as Bond) and Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench (returning as M), Oscar winner Javier Bardem will play the villain and Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes is set appear as well. Clearing up another rumor, it seems that Naomie Harris, while in the cast, will not play Moneypenny as previously assumed; she’s set to take on the role of field agent “Eve.” (Unless Miss Moneypenny’s first name is Eve. Chew on that one.)

Per Mendes, ‘Skyfall’ won’t follow the storyline of the previous two Bond films.

‘Skyfall’ is due in theaters on Nov. 9, 2012. Production starts on Thursday.

[via Coming Soon, @007]

[Photo: Sony]


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