MI6 reports from the 2012 BAFTA Award ceremony in London where the "Skyfall" cast were walking the red carpet...

Bond At The BAFTAs

13th February 2012

Several members of the "Skyfall" cast were present at the British Academy Film & Television Awards last night. The evening opened with Bond theme belter Tom Jones performing "Thunderball". Remembering the time when he was approached to perform the theme, Jones says: "I was so thrilled when John Barry and Don Black asked me to do 'Thunderball', because Shirley Bassey had just done 'Goldfinger' and Matt Munro had just done 'From Russia With Love'. It was great, especially then, because I was a young man in my 20s. I am glad I did it!"

As MI6 previously reported the new Bond girls Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe were on hand to present the outstanding British film award. As usual, the Bond girls were quizzed about their time on set. "It's amazing working with Daniel," Harris says. "He's such a hard worker. After shooting he does two hours of training. Incredible and an inspiration to us both."

Judi Dench who is reprising her long-standing role as "M" in the 23rd James Bond adventure, and Ralph Fiennes, who will play an unknown government agent were also in attendance. Fiennes explained to journalists that the "energy on set is quite low key. It's very professional, it's very smooth. It is not like watching a Bond film." Dench was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "My Week with Marilyn". Fiennes was nominated for Outstanding Debut by a Director for his adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus".

The 23rd James Bond film, "Skyfall", commenced principal studio photography on 7th November 2011 for a UK release on October 26th, 2012 and the USA on November 9, 2012. MGM will produce, finance and distribute 007's 23rd adventure in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent, alongside Judi Dench as "M", with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. The cast will also include Bérénice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Wishaw. The film will shoot at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, England; Scotland; Shanghai, China and Istanbul, Turkey.

It will be the longest gap between Bond movies without a change in the lead role. In addition, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the EON Productions series of James Bond films.

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