James Bond 23 film title confirmed as Skyfall

Daniel Craig will return for his third outing as 007 alongside Javier Bardem, Albert Finney and a host of British talent

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The 23rd official James Bond film will be called Skyfall.

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Fifty years to the day after Sean Connery was unveiled as the star of the first Bond feature, Dr No, producer Michael G Wilson told a press conference in London that the title of Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 would indeed be Skyfall.

Also speaking at the conference, British director Sam Mendes called the script for the new movie “fantastic” and promised it would feature “lots of action”.

Craig said he was “tremendously excited”, adding: “We’ve assembled an incredible crew. Sam’s at the helm… we actually start shooting today… so no turning back, it’s too late now!”

Also in attendance were Dame Judi Dench – who will reprise her role as M – fellow Brit Naomie Harris and French actress Bérénice Marlohe.

Dench said: “I’ll never truly get a grip on who M is. But that’s M’s job, isn’t it, to just try and get a grip?” Harris added: “I still can’t believe it’s happening. I’m just so excited.”

Mendes announced that British trio Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw would also feature in the movie, which will shoot at Pinewood Studios, Whitehall in London, China, Istanbul and Scotland.

Last month, No Country for Old Men star Javier Bardem was revealed to be taking the role of Skyfall’s as yet unnamed villain.

The news of the film’s title will be less a revelation to Bond fans and more confirmation of a widely circulated rumour.

At the beginning of October, RadioTimes.com reported that Skyfall was suspected to be the name of the film after a brand protection company working for Bond co-producers Sony Pictures began buying up 007-related URLs featuring the name.

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Skyfall is due for release in UK cinemas on 26 October 2012.