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Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
Director: Sam Mendes
Screenplay: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan
Composer: Thomas Newman
James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve – following a trail to the mysterious Silva, whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.
Istanbul, Turkey; London, UK; Shanghai, China; Macau, China; Glencoe, Scotland.
007 is sent to investigate the theft of a laptop hard-drive from Agent Ronson who is found bleeding to death in Istanbul. With the help of field agent Eve, Bond chases the thief, Patrice, through the markets and across the rooftops of Istanbul before finally facing off atop a train. When M orders Eve to take a shot despite 007 being in the way as the train passes over a viaduct, it goes horribly wrong and Bond plunges to his death.
The title comes from the name of James Bond's childhood home, Skyfall Lodge, located in Glencoe, Scotland. Up against a deadline, writers Purvis & Wade came up with the name at 2am: "We needed a haunting place name. I just plucked it out of the air, and it turned out to be something that struck a chord with the filmmakers".
UK: 26th October 2012 (12A)
USA: 9th November 2012 (PG-13)
World Premiere: 23rd October 2012 (Royal Albert Hall, London, UK)
UK TV Premiere: 24th December 2014, ITV
US TV Premiere: 9th August 2013, EPIX
Running Time: 143 minutes
Classification: 12A (UK), PG-13 (US)
Worldwide Box Office: $1.1b
US Box Office: $304.3m
US Admissions: CLASSIFIED
UK Box Office: £97.8m
Bond: "A gun and a radio. Not exactly Christmas."
Q: "What did you expect, an exploding pen? We don't really go in for that sort of thing anymore.
All London Underground escalators have safety signs placed on the medians between stairs to prevent anyone from sliding down them.
The first time in the series that a recurring role is played by more than one actor in the same film.
"Bond, James Bond": 1
Approximately 10 minutes of footage was taken out before the final cut due to run-time. The following scenes were filmed but removed:
James Bond will return.