New blog posts every week with the latest information on SkyFall.
WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS SPOILERS
Filming in London?
Just when we thought filming had ended in London, Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem were spotted near Whitehall. Whitehall Court, Whitehall Place and Horse Guards Avenue were call closed for the shooting. Javier Bardem was spotted in a police car driving past onlookers. It should also be reported that Helen McCrory who plays Clair Dowar has finished all of her scenes. She also talked about how she was approached for the role; Sam Mendes told her to keep her schedule free in February.
Sun News Paper ruins SKYFALL twist
Ever since the story was first written, Bond fans were told to expect an interesting twist. SKYFALL has, so far, been the most discussed and most secretive Bond film in the history of the franchise. Bond fans have been given little, if any, details about the plot. An unknown member of the crew let slip of the twist and The Sun Newspaper quickly got hold of it. A word of warning, if you don't want to know how SKYFALL ends, DO NOT click this link. (Trust me, us at 007Bond wish we never found out)
Latest clapperboard reveals underwater sequence
Yes, another reference to From Russia With Love. The latest SKYFALL clapperboard posted on their FaceBook page reveals that they are filming underwater. Pillars are visible in the background. We assume that this represents the underground lair of Kerim Bey in From Russia With Love. If this is true, then this sequence is probably filmed at Pinewood Studios as a double for Istanbul.
Third Bond Girl
Bond girls always seem to come in three's (Natalia Simonova, Xenia Onnatop, Caroline and Wai Lin, Paris Carver, Professor Bergstrom). Well, this is the third Bond girl; Greek actress Tonia Sotiropoulou. She posted several positive updates on her FaceBook profile, including "Dear friends I officially announce I got a part in J. Bond new film!!! Turkey here I come! Thank u all for you love and support! This is officially the happiest day of my life bitches!!!!" and "This is the happiest day of my life so far! I feel very lucky and blessed, but basically, I am very grateful that this happened, for my family and my friends who believe in me and support trying to do. I will do the best, I am very proud because somehow it might be something that will advertise in Greece and I am happy about it."
Tonia Sotiropoulou's character is said to appear in the pre-title sequence of the film. Her character helps Bond sneak into the country (Istanbul) after Bond is assumed dead. Ring any bells? You Only Live Twice?
Release date of SKYFALL Teaser Trailer has been revealed according to The Daily Mail
The Daily Mail has reported that SKYFALL's Teaser Trailer will be released alongside Men In Black III when it hits cinemas. "Sony took delivery of the trailer for the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, earlier in the week. It will be attached to all the prints of Men In Black III, which comes out here on May 25.
Not even Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones or Lady Gaga — stars of MIB3 — know what’s on the 007 trailer. But Sam Mendes, Skyfall’s director does (duh!)."
Javier Bardem Interview
Javier Bardem was quizzed on his time with SKYFALL so far on Spanish Television. "It's a very beautiful and fun adventure, yesterday I was on set with Albert Finney, with Judi Dench, with Daniel Craig."
"It's cool, and the coolest thing and what's most important is the material. When I got it and saw the character, immediately you forget a little that it is a James Bond film and you realise that it is a great film and that's what attracted me. I said, "man this gives you a lot of possibilities". Obviously it's a James Bond film and it has everything you expect from a Bond film."
He also discussed about his character wearing a blonde wig. "I don't know, there is also something that Sam [Mendes], the director, told me a short while and he was right: James Bond films are midway between reality and fiction. Therefore it is a very good and very fertile terrain to play the characters with a certain freedom. It has to do with a real situation and there has got to be seriousness playing it but it's more open, it gives you more air so that you can work and imagine more. And that is very fun because you're not doing absolute fiction, it's not a superhero picture, but it's not a completely down-to-earth film. It's something in the middle that's very good and very fun for an actor."
New blog posts every week with the latest information on Bond 23.
Daniel Craig preparing for his return
Daniel Craig speaks about change for the new film. "It's just what's happening at the moment and it's very exciting for me, because I get the chance to do movies like this, which are way beyond what I would have expected to be doing four or five years ago,". Craig headed back to the gym for the new film. He feels as though the next film will be as physical as Quantum of Solace. "It's really boring. So boring I can't tell you. Quantum was very physical, probably too physical. We were suffering because there was the writers' strike and we weren't allowed to do rewrites, so the action sequences got juggled together and I personally ended up doing way too much. It was difficult." Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig have said ‘Let's just try to do the best James Bond film we can.' I know that sounds like a cliche or an obvious thing to say, but I went back and reread the books and watched all the movies and I want to do something that does justice'.
Adele to sing the next opening track
The British singer Adele has hinted that she will sing the song used for the opening sequence to Bond 23. On Friday night, Johnathan Ross had Adele feature in his show. The singer says "I’m going back in the studio in November. Fingers crossed." "Well, this is actually a theme, what I’ve got to do. Wow, that’s really giving something away," Ross then started humming the iconic James Bond theme. Adele blushed and quickly changed the subject. Although she never actually said that she was doing the song, she didn't say she wasn't either.
Ana Araujo to be the next Bond girl
Recent news has stated that Brazilian model Ana Araujo has joined the team. A while ago, she said that she wanted to start an acting career and spoke of her enthusiasm towards working with Daniel Craig. "He's perfect and very hansome." She said that she wanted to get the part of the Bond girl, but nothing was confirmed.
Recently, newspapers state that Araujo is getting a part in the new film. She is expected begin her acting career in Pinewood Studios this November.
"Ana is really excited. It’s all very new to her but she is optimistic about the prospect of landing the role."
Alexander Witt as 2nd Unit Director of Photography
It is confirmed that Alexander Witt, who has appeared as 2nd Unit Director of Photography for "Harry Potter", "Robin Hood" and "X-Men: First Class", will take the same role in Bond 23. He also had the same role in 'Casino Royale' in 2006 and is excited to re-join the team.
India filming location halted
EON's plans to film in India have been halted due to some height issues. “Height is an issue. For the sequence, they require a particular height, which is not there near this spot. But they have still listed this place,”. Sources said that the Bond movie will be shot over 40 days from January to March.
Based on Peter Morgan's story
In summer 2009, it was reported that Peter Morgan would co-write for the new film, but due to the financial problems with MGM he quit the role after coming up with a basic outline. Peter Morgan has recently revealed that the new screenwriters Purvis, Wade and John Logan have decided to use his idea. "I hear that an idea, the central idea, is still there but not one similar thing other than that. I think they've still kept the big hook, which I'm not going to tell you!"
Bond 23 in Istanbul, Turkey
Like From Russia With Love and The World Is Not Enough, recent reports have said that scenes for Bond 23 will be shot in Istanbul, Turkey in a historical place called Saltanahmet Square. They have filming permission from the Turkish Minister.
“Shooting will start within the next few months. We have discussed the issue and rather than closing the square completely, some parts could be partially closed from time to time for the filming. We have to consider our tourists, but we can accommodate foreign film production companies that want to use Turkey as a platform.”
Other confirmed filming locations include India and South Africa. China has also been considered but not confirmed.
Because of this, they will start filming in November 2011 in Pinewood Studios, just 11 months before the film is released in the UK.