Skyfall is the twenty-third spy film in the James Bond series, produced by Eon Productions and distributed by MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment. It features Daniel Craig’s third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film’s villain. The film was directed by Sam Mendes and written by John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Mendes was approached to direct the film after the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008. Production was suspended when MGM encountered financial troubles, and did not resume until December 2010; during this time, Mendes remained attached to the project as a consultant. The original screenwriter, Peter Morgan, left the project during the suspension. When production resumed, Logan, Purvis and Wade continued writing what became the final version of the script, whilst incorporating Morgan’s ideas. Filming began in November 2011, and primarily took place in the United Kingdom, China and Turkey.
In the film Bond investigates an attack on MI6; it transpires that it is part of an attack on M by former MI6 operative, Raoul Silva. The film sees the return of two recurring characters after an absence of two films: Q, played by Ben Whishaw, and Miss Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris. After starring as M for seven consecutive Bond films, Skyfall marks Judi Dench’s last performance in the role. The position is subsequently filled by Ralph Fiennes’ character, Gareth Mallory.
Directed by Sam Mendes
Produced by Michael G. Wilson
Written by Neal Purvis
Based on James Bond by
Starring Daniel Craig
Bérénice Lim Marlohe
Music by Thomas Newman
“Skyfall” performed by Adele
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Editing by Stuart Baird
Studio Eon Productions
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
23 October 2012 (London, premiere)
26 October 2012 (United Kingdom)
8 November 2012 (United States)
Country United Kingdom
Budget $150 million
Box office $96,600,000