As Skyfall’s release date draws closer, there are many things I’m excited about. One of them is the amazing-looking Casino scene that has Bond floating through a eerily-lit entrance.
The casino scene in Skyfall
There will be a scene where tuxedo-clad Bond gets into an action at a floating casino in Macao.
The particular scene, which allegedly will see firework being lit as the boat Bond boards passes between two dragon heads, reportedly has “a certain gravity” and that director Sam Mendes has “put a mysterious depth in it.” The casino shown in the scene itself is said to be resembling “a kingdom of the dead.”
Skyfall will mark the first time Bond has been in Macau since 1974′s The Man With the Golden Gun, when he also visited a floating casino. That one, unfortunately, no longer exists. How neat would it have been if Daniel Craig went to the same casino as Roger Moore had… and if Roger Moore had a cameo as a baccarat dealer. Oh well, that’s not going to happen.
Also interesting is that Carta Mundi will once again supply the casino chips for Skyfall. They last had a role in the Bond franchise in 2006′s Casino Royale.
Belgium playing card manufacturer Carta Mundi supplied casino chips for use in Skyfall, according to an article published by our friends at MI6 via a translated press release issued by the company.
Carta Mundi supplied cards and chips for Casino Royale and have provided licenced 007 products for a number of years, including 50th anniversary poker sets. The article also says that Carta Mundi will supply Skyfall cards and poker sets later in the year.
On November 3, 2011, the cast and crew of Bond 23 put on a press conference to announce the next James Bond movie: Skyfall.
In attendance were the film’s director Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, and the franchise long-standing producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
And, without further adieu, here is the complete press conference.
Some random thoughts I had during the press conference:
“The worst kept secret in the history of London…the title of the film” MGW
Barbara Broccoli had such a pouty face in the beginning.
I like that I’ve never heard of either Bond girl before…but boy are they beautiful!
I hope Javier Bardem puts on a thick “meeester Bond” accent.
Bummer that DC confirmed that there will be no Quantum. Here’s to hoping he’s lying.
I love that it ended with Barbara so emphatically stating that Daniel Craig will be back! Keep ‘em coming.
November 3, 2011 was a huge day in the world of 007. On the 50th anniversary of the announcement of Sean Connery as the first James Bond, the producers held a big press conference to let the world know more about the 23rd Bond movie: Skyfall.
Naturally, the Internet is abuzz with stories about the film. Here are a few of the best ones I’ve come across:
As previously announced, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes directs his first Bond adventure, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012 when Skyfall is released.
One of the few details Mendes revealed to more than 100 reporters from around the world at the film’s London press launch were his cast and the locations of the blockbuster, which starts production on Monday.
Bond regulars Craig and Judi Dench, as his stern spymaster M, return to their roles, Spanish actor Javier Bardem plays the villain and French actress Berenice Marlohe and Britain’s Naomie Harris are Bond girls.
All five were at the press briefing, where they were joined by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson.
In addition, Mendes said the latest installment in one of cinema’s longest and most successful film franchises will feature Ben Whishaw “who will be playing a part I can’t tell you about in scenes I can tell you nothing about.
“And Albert Finney, who will also be playing a part I can tell you nothing about in scenes that I can’t really tell you about and Ralph Fiennes, who, similarly, I can give you very little information about.”
Asked whether he had not named all of the characters the leading actors would be playing because Bond fans might recognize them, the “American Beauty” director replied: “They might do. On the other hand they might not.”
What producers have confirmed is that Skyfall will take Bond on another action-packed mission to London, Shanghai, Istanbul and Scotland.
A press release gave a brief plot outline, saying Bond’s loyalty to M is tested “as her past comes back to haunt her.
“As MI6 (British intelligence) comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”
NO “AUSTERITY” BOND
Mendes and his producers sought to reassure fans that tough economic conditions in the real world would not make the fictional exploits of the suave superspy any less spectacular.
“It, I think, has all the elements of a classic Bond movie, including, to quell any rumors, a lot of action,” Mendes said.
Wilson added: “I think it’s in the same (cost) range as the last film and we really haven’t had to change anything in the script. We haven’t had to sacrifice anything.”
And of course the BBC covered the Skyfall James Bond 23 press conference
The latest 007 adventure will star Daniel Craig for the third time. Leading ladies have been confirmed as French actress Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris.
Skyfall is being directed by Sam Mendes, who won an Oscar for 1999′s American Beauty.
Mendes said the storyline will take the secret agent to London, China, Turkey and Scotland.
It will see Bond’s loyalty tested to M, his superior, while espionage headquarters MI6 faces an attack.
The movie, which sees the return of Dame Judi Dench as spy boss M, will also star Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Javier Bardem as the villain of the piece.
It will be released in the UK on 26 October 2012.
Craig told reporters in London that the cast would start filming sequences for the new movie later on Thursday.
Daniel Craig and French actress Berenice Marlohe on their roles in Skyfall
Much speculation about the new film has focused on what Mendes will bring to the franchise, with some suggesting he will tone down – or even abandon altogether – the action sequences.
But the director denied that this was the case. He told reporters in London that the “fantastic script” had “all the elements of a classic Bond movie, including – to quell any rumours – lots of action”.
When asked what fans could expect from the latest film, he added: “The movie will reveal everything, and there’s lots of surprises.”
Producer Barbara Broccoli said no-one had yet been chosen to write and perform the Bond theme tune.
According to the official Web site, “Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman star in the most anticipated theatrical event of the season: A Steady Rain. This new American play by Keith Huff tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few harrowing days change their lives forever. Directing is John Crowley.
A Steady Rain is produced on Broadway by Frederick Zollo, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Raymond L. Gaspard, Frank Gero, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Jeffrey Sine, Michael Rose Ltd, The Shubert Organization, Inc. and Robert Cole. Set and costume design are by two-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask, with lighting design by two-time Tony Award nominee Hugh Vanstone and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett.”
In a recent interview, Daniel Craig was asked if Bond 23 was going to be the final part in a trilogy involving the group Quantum. To this he replied, “No *#$&!@% way. I’m done with that story. I want to lie on a beach for the first half an hour of the next movie drinking a cocktail.” Now the final sentence was obviously a joke, but the interview has led to all news media definitively stating that Bond 23 will be completely different.
While the staff at Universal Exports is torn between this being good or bad news, the fact of the matter is that this was just a random interview with a man tired of James Bond at the moment. There is no script, nor any idea of what the plot will be. All that has been confirmed is what Daniel Craig HOPES for the next film. Granted, he does have more than a little pull, but still, the interview should be taken at face value.
Forget Harry Potter…there’s now a new king of the one-day UK box office opening. On October 21, 2008, its first day of release, Quantum of Solace took £4.9 in ticket sales, beating out Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’s £4.025 million take back in 1995. These numbers also eclipsed Daniel Craig‘s first James Bond movie, Casino Royale, which pulled in £2.9 million in ticket sales on its first day of business in the UK.
Sean Connery and Lois Maxwell as James Bond and Miss Moneypenny
While fans and critics alike agreed that change is good after the release of Casino Royale, many were still miffed by the exclusion of Miss Moneypenny and Q from the franchise’s reboot. As Quantum of Solace is a direct continuation, it really didn’t make sense to have either character in that movie either, much to the chagrin of Bond fans worldwide.
However, Daniel Craig has recently revealed that Bond 23 might feature not only the return of Miss Moneypenny, but the first actual romantic scene between her and James Bond. While Moneypenny fantasized about Bond in Die Another Day and the two shared a passionate moment in a virtual reality environment, the two have never done anything more than flirt in ‘real life.’
According to Newspost Online: ‘I think you offer it to the best actors you can. You say, Forget what’s happened. Reinvent it and tell us what you think this character should be’, the Daily Star quoted him as saying. ‘That’s where it should come from,’ he added.
‘They said Bond could never be blonde and then Daniel Craig got the part,’ a source said.
Moneypenny is being cast with a view to the next Bond movie and who knows, she could end up in bed with Bond. Whatever happens, she will feature more than ever before, the source added.
Daniel Craig has recently revealed that he went up to Pierce Brosnan at an awards show a few weeks before accepting the role of James Bond to ask the current 007 for advice.
According to Craig, “After dinner, after having enough to drink, I just went over and said, ‘Look, it’s not on the cards(but) it might be on the cards. If it were to be on the cards, what should I do?’”
Pierce Brosnan replied, “Go for it. Just go for it. You’ve got to have a go at this.”