The 23rd Bond film is to be announced today and rumours suggest that the film will be called ‘Skyfall’. Daniel Craig will once again don the tuxedo and tout the Walther PPK in his third outing.
The announcement will come on the 50th anniversary of Sean Connery being announced as the first Bond for 1962’s ‘Doctor. No’. The new film will be directed by Sam Mendes, who is expected to be at the launch in London. It is thought that in the new film the action sequences will be toned down.
But the Director of Film Studies at the University of Leicester and author of ‘Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films’ Professor James Chapman refuted this saying, “Bond films are genre movies, and with genre movies you can’t afford to disappoint the expectations of your audience.”
Production on the 23rd Bond is due to start late 2011 according to producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Craig who made his debut in the critically acclaimed Casino Royale in 2006 will be joined by Javier Bardem who is slated to play the Bond villain.
He told ABC’s Nightline, ‘They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details. I am very excited. My parents took me to watch the movies and I saw all of them. So to play that is going to be fun.’
Along with the archetypal Bond baddie, the film franchise is also recognised for its exotic locations and producers have been looking at locales in South Africa and India.
Whatever maybe the case and the slightly left field choice of Sam Mendes as director, things look promising for ‘Skyfall’ or whatever it maybe called. Daniel Craig has made the role his own and Javier Bardem is the perfect shoe-in as the Bond baddie.