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Fans of James Bond have had to patiently wait for the upcoming installment in the Bond series with over three years passing since Quantum of Solace hit movie theaters – but the long wait is over for the much-anticipated Skyfall. The latest Bond flick will debut first in the UK on October 26, 2012, with a short delay before it hits theaters in the US on November 9, 2012. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes is handling the directing duties, and Daniel Craig is back for his third swipe at playing 007, with supporting roles going to Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, and Javier Bardem.

Skyfall will blaze new territory as far as the plot goes, with a new story and action that doesn’t directly follow the events of Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). That said, some common elements will obviously remain, with hints dropped that a major theme in the movie will revolve around the relationship between Bond and M, with a secret from M’s past arising that calls into question her loyalty and friendship. Kudos to the makers of Skyfall! In a day and age when details are leaked about nearly every movie it’s refreshing to know that so far there has been very little information, or sneak peeks revealed about the film.  Both the actors and crew have remained very tight-lipped.

Fans will have to wait and see if we’ll see Bond play casino games such as poker again as he did in Casino Royale, with the casino action there putting the movie on several Top 5 Classic Casino Movies lists. Daniel Craig has revealed in several interviews that this time his portrayal of Bond will feature a slightly more humorous twist, responding to critiques by some critics and reviewers that Craig’s Bond has been too serious and stuff, lacking the playfulness of the earlier Bond portrayals that so many have come to know and love. Some have conjectured that the clock is ticking for Craig to solidify his hold on the Bond role, with his third shot at playing Bond a determining factor if we’ll see a new actor take on Bond for the next film.

Skyfall also falls at a fortuitous time in the arc of Bond films, as it falls on the 50th anniversary of the very first Bond flick. Special events and celebrations are planned around the world to commemorate the occasion, including plans to screen Skyfall in IMAX theaters – a first for any Bond movie.

 

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