Ohhh, Look…007 'Skyfall' Photos, Production Blog & More – UPDATED

The latest James Bond film Skyfall is slated to hit theaters this Fall on November 9th, 2012. As we approach its release we’ve been given lots of tidbits, in the form of candid shots, but nothing substantial. While they can be neat to look at and pique our interests (like the first one of Javier Bardem) we’re easily a month or two from the first teaser trailer. That said, this post will serve as a catch all for the 007 stuff that’s been released and provide just a little commentary/info about Skyfall (as well as take a break from all the Avengers coverage).

James Bond film fans have had to patiently wait for more than three years for the twenty-third installment of the Bond series but the premier of Skyfall is now officially set, with a UK release date of October 26, 2012 and a US release date of November 9, 2012. The film — the brainchild of Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment — is directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, features a score by Thomas Newman and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond 007, as well as Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, and Javier Bardem.

Skyfall will launch an entirely new plot and won’t follow on the action from Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008); details are still relatively scarce about the plot for the upcoming film but a secret from M’s past will test Bond in Skyfall, with 007 tasked with thwarting an attack on MI6. Shooting was originally scheduled to begin in 2010 but MGM’s financial difficulties and subsequent bankruptcy pushed filming back until November 2011, with an estimated final budget of $150 million — down significantly from the $200 million spent on Quantum of Solace..

Shortly after filming began, the official James Bond Twitter feed posted a photo from production every Friday; the first official image from the film was released on 1 February 2012 and showed Daniel Craig as Bond in a scene set in Shanghai. IMAX venues will carry Skyfall and other celebrations are planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bond films, with a documentary crew following the filming of the movie as part of a larger planned film tracking the success of the Bond franchise over the years.

UPDATE – Here are some recent images featured on ScreenRant and Empire and from /Films set visit to Pinewood Studios…

Finally, in case you missed what’s already come down the pike, have a look at some of the photos released thus far as well as a short featurette and Sam Mendes’ first production blog…

Skyfall will begin its worldwide roll-out in the UK and Ireland on October 26th 2012 and in North America on November 9th 2012. Anyone else stoked for Skyfall??