Skyfall

2012 James Bond film by Sam Mendes

Skyfall is a 2012 spy movie and the twenty-third in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. The movie is the third to star Daniel Craig as fictional MI6 agent James Bond and includes Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the villain, and Judi Dench, as M. It was directed by Sam Mendes and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan, and features the theme song "Skyfall", written and performed by Adele. It was distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. The movie centres around Bond investigating an attack on MI6; the attack is part of a plot by former MI6 operative Raoul Silva to humiliate, discredit and kill M as revenge against her for betraying him. It sees the return of two recurring characters after an absence of two movies: Q, played by Ben Whishaw, and Miss Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris.

Skyfall
The poster shows a man wearing a tuxedo and holding a gun, standing in front of an image that looks like it was taken from the inside of a gun barrel, with the London skyline visible behind him. Text at the bottom of the poster reveals the film title and credits.
British cinema poster for Skyfall, designed by Empire Design
Directed bySam Mendes
Produced by
Screenplay by
Starring
Music byThomas Newman
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • 23 October 2012 (2012-10-23) (London, premiere)
  • 26 October 2012 (2012-10-26) (United Kingdom)
  • 9 November 2012 (2012-11-09) (United States)
Running time
143 minutes[1]
Countries
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$150–200 million
Box office$1.109 billion

Mendes was approached to direct after the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008. Development was suspended when MGM ran into financial trouble, and did not resume until MGM emerged from bankruptcy in December 2010; meanwhile the original screenwriter, Peter Morgan, left the project. When production resumed, Logan, Purvis, and Wade continued writing what became the final version. Filming began in November 2011, primarily in the United Kingdom, with smaller portions shot in China and Turkey.

Skyfall premiered at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 23 October 2012 and was released in the UK on 26 October and in North America on 9 November. It was the first James Bond movie to be screened in IMAX venues, although it was not filmed with IMAX cameras. The release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the series, which began with Dr. No in 1962. Skyfall was very well received by critics, who praised its screenplay, acting (particularly by Craig, Bardem, and Dench), Mendes's direction, Deakins's cinematography, Thomas Newman's musical score, and action sequences. It was the fourteenth movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide, and the only James Bond movie to do so. It became the seventh-highest-grossing movie of all time, the highest-grossing movie in the UK, the highest-grossing movie in the series, the highest-grossing movie worldwide for both Sony Pictures and MGM, and the second-highest-grossing movie of 2012. The movie won several accolades, including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards and two Grammy Awards.

The next movie in the series, Spectre, was released in North America in November 2015, with Craig reprising his role, Sony Pictures returning to distribute, and Mendes returning to direct.

Release datesEdit

Country Premiere
  United Arab Emirates 26 October 2012
  Belgium 26 October 2012
  Bulgaria 26 October 2012
  Bahrain 26 October 2012
  Brazil 26 October 2012
  Czech Republic 26 October 2012
  Denmark 26 October 2012
  Egypt 26 October 2012
  Finland 26 October 2012
  France 26 October 2012
  United Kingdom 26 October 2012
  Hungary 26 October 2012
  Ireland 26 October 2012
  Israel 26 October 2012
  Iraq 26 October 2012
  Iceland 26 October 2012
  Jordan 26 October 2012
  South Korea 26 October 2012
  Kuwait 26 October 2012
  Kazakhstan 26 October 2012
  Lebanon 26 October 2012
  Malta 26 October 2012
  Norway 26 October 2012
  Oman 26 October 2012
  Poland 26 October 2012
  Palestine 26 October 2012
  Portugal 26 October 2012
  Qatar 26 October 2012
  Romania 26 October 2012
  Russia 26 October 2012
  Sweden 26 October 2012
  Slovakia 26 October 2012
   Switzerland 27 October 2012 (French speaking region)
  Spain 31 October 2012
  Italy 31 October 2012
  Netherlands 31 October 2012
  Philippines 31 October 2012
  Serbia 31 October 2012
  Argentina 1 November 2012
  Austria 1 November 2012
  Bolivia 1 November 2012
   Switzerland 1 November 2012 (German speaking region)
  Chile 1 November 2012
  Germany 1 November 2012
  Georgia 1 November 2012
  Greece 1 November 2012
  Hong Kong 1 November 2012
  Croatia 1 November 2012
  Indonesia 1 November 2012
  Lithuania 1 November 2012
  Malaysia 1 November 2012
  Peru 1 November 2012
  Singapore 1 November 2012
  Slovenia 1 November 2012
  El Salvador 1 November 2012
  Thailand 1 November 2012
  Ukraine 1 November 2012
  Uruguay 1 November 2012
  Colombia 2 November 2012
  Ecuador 2 November 2012
  Estonia 2 November 2012
  Ethiopia 2 November 2012
  Kenya 2 November 2012
  Latvia 2 November 2012
  Mexico 2 November 2012
  Nigeria 2 November 2012
  Panama 2 November 2012
  Turkey 2 November 2012
  Taiwan 2 November 2012
  Venezuela 2 November 2012
  Vietnam 2 November 2012
  Armenia 5 November 2012
  Jamaica 7 November 2012
  Albania 9 November 2012
  Canada 9 November 2012
  Pakistan 9 November 2012
  United States 9 November 2012
  Cambodia 15 November 2012
  Australia 22 November 2012
  North Macedonia 22 November 2012
  New Zealand 22 November 2012
  Bangladesh 29 November 2012
  South Africa 30 November 2012
  Japan 1 December 2012
  Dominican Republic 6 December 2012
  China 21 January 2013

SourcesEdit

  1. "Skyfall". British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). 12 October 2012. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012.

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