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James Bond 23 named 'Skyfall' - first plot details emerge

It's been a long time coming, but Bond 23 is finally moving ahead. In a press announcement today, the 23rd James Bond movie's title, cast, and first plot details were revealed. Named Skyfall, the new film is a completely new adventure, and not tied to any previous Ian Fleming or Bond book. Daniel Craig will return as 007 for a third time and Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road) will direct. 

Here's what we know about the plot: "Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost."

Judi Dench will return again as M. Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, and Ben Whishaw will join her with Bardem filling the role of villain. Regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace) wrote the screenplay with renowned writer John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai) based on a script by Patrick Marber. 

Hopefully, Skyfall will turn out better than Quantum of Solace. The last Bond movie was acceptable if viewed purely as a final act to Casino Royale--which was based on Ian Fleming's first Bond book--but as a standalone film, it was poorly paced and had a very difficult time mixing its Bourne Identity-like action and plot together. Worse, the action wasn't just over the top, it was quite repetitive and tiring. Before long, each action scene felt like a repeat of the last. Like Quantum director Marc Forster, Sam Mendes is not known for action movies. Luckily, Roger Deakens has been announced as the Director of Photography. Deakins has worked with Mendes in the past and is a nine-time Oscar nominee. We can only hope that everyone involved intends to make sure that James Bond doesn't pretend he's Jason Bourne this time around. He's better than that. 

Skyfall will begin its theatrical run in the UK on Oct. 26, 2012, followed by a North American launch on Nov. 9, 2012. I can't wait to see the first trailer. Rumors point to Adele helming the theme song. A solid choice. 

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