Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film
by Eon productions. It was distributed by
MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in
2012. It features Daniel Craig’s third
performance as James Bond, and Javier
Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's antagonist.
The film was directed by Sam Mendes and
written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John
About Eon Productions…
Eon Productions is a film production
company known for producing the James
Bond film series. The company is based in
London's Piccadilly and also operates from
Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom. It is
a subsidiary of Danjaq LLC, the holdinG
company responsible for the copyright and
trademarks to the Bond characters and
elements on screen.
Eon, a closely held (private and family) corporation, was started by film
producers Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman in 1961, at the same
time they partnered and sought financing for Dr. No the year before they
formed Danjaq, which for legal reasons became Eon's holding company from
which it licenses the copyright protections allowing Eon to produce the Bond
films. Cubby Broccoli had been interested in the Bond novels rights for several
years but was dissuaded from making them project by his former partner.
When they dissolved their relationship he was free to pursue the property, for
which Saltzman, a novice to film production had taken a gamble to acquire.
The two were introduced by a New York writer who was acquainted with
both, and formed a partnership within a week of meeting. The enterprise was
and is still very much a family business, including both wives and the principal
partners, as well as several of their progeny, the latter group now carrying on
their parents' work. Cubby almost immediately included Dana Broccoli's college
aged son Michael G. Wilson in even the early films doing various production
jobs and his engineering education was put to good use occasionally in some
of the series' special effects.
In 1975, after nine Bond films, Harry Saltzman sold his
shares of Danjaq to United Artists (the then-current Bond
series distributor). Although Albert R. Broccoli died in
1996, Eon Productions is still owned by the Broccoli
family, specifically Albert R. Broccoli's daughter, Barbara
Broccoli and his stepson and her half-brother by actress
Dana Wilson Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, who are the
current producers of the James Bond films.
Albert R. Broccoli's name has appeared in the opening
"presents" credit of every Eon-produced James Bond
film, and always as the very first name in the credits
from The Spy Who Loved Me onwards. From Dr.
No through The Man with the Golden Gun, the credit was
"Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman present"; for some
films Saltzman originally came first (and still does in the
film itself and/or its original posters), but all present-day
printed credits have been changed to list Broccoli first.
After Saltzman left, the opening credit was simply "Albert
R. Broccoli presents" through to GoldenEye (the last film
made before Broccoli's death), even after Barbara Broccoli
and Michael G. Wilson replaced him as producers. On all
films since Broccoli's death, the opening credit is "Albert R.
Broccoli's Eon Productions presents", with "Limited" usually
added after "Productions" in the film proper.
The copyrights and trademarks for the film properties (beginning
with Dr. No) are held by Danjaq andUnited Artists Corporation;
the latter was bought by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1981, but as
an MGM subsidiary its name still appears in Bond copyright and
trademark disclaimers to this day. Casino Royale
(2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall(2012) were codistributed with Columbia Pictures (which appeared along with
Danjaq and United Artists in their copyright disclaimers); this
arrangement will continue for the 24th Bond film.
The video rights for all of Eon's Bond films are owned by MGM
Home Entertainment, and are presently controlled by MGM's
distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Sony Pictures
Home Entertainmentinitially assumed the video rights to Casino
Royale, but the 2012 home video editions of this film were issued
by MGM and 20th Century Fox.
Since their first film, Dr. No in 1962, Eon has only made one nonBond film: Call Me Bwana (1963), starring Bob Hope. (Though
Saltzman and Broccoli produced other films separately: Broccoli
produced the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, based on a book
by Ian Fleming; Saltzman produced several non-Bond films
during this time including The Ipcress File and Battle of Britan.)
Another non-Bond project from either 1963 or 1964 - The
Marriage Game written by Terry Southernand to have been
directed by Peter Yates - did not go into production.
In 2008 Eon signed a deal with Columbia Pictures to develop
fifteen thrillers and family films outside the Bond franchise, with
budgets of up to $80 million (£40 million). The company hopes
the move will allow more British writers to establish themselves
in the United States
The Bond films produced by Eon Productions are:
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia with LovE (1963)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Bond 24 (2014)
Bond 25 (TBA)
Other production companies were responsible for
the Bond films Casino Royale (1967) and Never
Say Never Again (1983).
Skyfall premiered in London at the Royal albert Hall
on 23 October 2012 and was released in the United
Kingdom on 26 October 2012 and the United States on 9
November 2012. It was the first James Bond film to be
screened in IMAX venues, although it was not filmed with
IMAX camers. The film's release coincided with the 50th
anniversary of the Bond series, which began with Dr. No in
1962. Skyfall was positively received by critics and at the
box office, becoming the 14th film, as well as the first Bond
film, to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide. As of at least
early 2013 it is the seventh-highest-grossing film of all
time, the highest-grossing film in the UK, the highestgrossing film in the Bond series, the highest-grossing film
worldwide for both Sony Pictures and MGM, and the secondhighest-grossing film of 2012. The film won several
accolades, including the BAFTA Awards for Outstanding
British Film and Best Film Music; the Screen Actors Guild
Award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in
a Motion Picture; and was nominated for five Academy
Awards, of which it won two: Per Hallberg and Karen Baker
won the award for Best Sound Editing, and Adele's theme
song won Best Original Song.
007 (Daniel Craig) becomes M's only ally as MI6 comes under
attack, and a mysterious new villain emerges with a diabolical
plan. James Bond's latest mission has gone horribly
awry, resulting in the exposure of several undercover agents, and
an all-out attack on M16. Meanwhile, as M (Judi Dench) plans to
relocate the agency, emerging Chairman of the Intelligence and
Security Committee Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) raises concerns
about her competence while attempting to usurp her
position, and Q (Ben Whishaw) becomes a crucial ally. Now the
only person who can restore M's reputation is 007. Operating in
the dark with only field agent Eve (Naomie Harris) to guide
him, the world's top secret agent works to root out an enigmatic
criminal mastermind named Silva (Javier Bardem) as a major
storm brews on the horizon. Albert Finney also stars in the 23rd
instalment of the long-running spy series.
Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) may
seem an odd choice for a Bond film, but while his style may be
deemed ‘artsy’ by casual moviegoers, he’s taking inspiration from one
director known for blending blockbuster action with poignant
Broccoli is the daughter of the James Bond
producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and
actress Dana Wilson Broccoli (née Natol). As
of 2012, she co-produces Bond films with her
half-brother Michael G. Wilson.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the
British Empire (OBE) by the Queen of the
United Kingdom in the 2008 New Year
Wilson was born in New York City, New York, the son of
Dana (née Natol) and actor Lewis Wilson. His father
was the first actor to play the DC Comics character
Batman in live action, which he did in the 1943 film
serial Batman. He is the stepson of the late James Bond
producer Albert R. Broccoli and half brother to Bond coproducer, Barbara Broccoli. Wilson graduated from
Harvey Mudd College in 1963 as an electrical engineer.
He later studied law at Stanford. After
graduating, Wilson worked for the United States
government and later a firm located in Washington D.C.
that specialized in international law.
He was made an Officer of the Order of the British
Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours, alongside
Neal Purvis (born 9 September
1961) and Robert Wade (born
1962) are British
screenwriters, who have cowritten the five James Bond films
from The World Is Not Enough to
Skyfall,as well as other works.
The two have been called "one of
Britain's most successful
* Daniel Craig as James Bond, agent 007.
* Judi Dench as M, the head of MI6 and Bond's
* Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva (born Tiago *
*Rodriguez), the film's main antagonist.
* Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, Chairman of
the Intelligence and Security Committee.
*Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny , an M16
*Bérénice Marlohe as Séverine, Raoul Silva's
*Albert Finney as Kincade, the gamekeeper of
the Skyfall estate.
*Ben Whishaw as Q, the MI6 quartermaster.
*Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, the MI6 Chief of
*Ola Rapace as Patrice, a mercenary.
Production of Skyfall was suspended throughout 2010 because
of MGM's financial troubles. They resumed pre-production
following MGM's exit from bankruptcy on 21 December 2010
and, in January 2011, the film was officially given a release date
of 9 November 2012 by MGM and the Broccoli family, with
production scheduled to start in late 2011. Subsequently MGM
and Sony Pictures announced that the UK release date would be
brought forward to 26 October 2012, two weeks ahead of the US
release date, which remained scheduled for 9 November
2012. The film's budget is estimated to be between
US$150 million and $200 million, compared to the $200 million
spent on Quantum of Solace. Skyfall was part of year-long
celebrations of the 50th anniversary ofDr. No and the Bond film
series. According to producer Michael G. Wilson, a documentary
crew was scheduled to follow production of the film to celebrate
In August 2011 the Serbian newspaper Blic stated that Bond 23 would be
entitled Carte Blanche and would be an adaptation of the recent
continuation novel by Jeffery Deaver. On 30 August Eon Productions
officially denied any link between Bond 23 and Carte Blanche, stating that
"the new film is not going to be called Carte Blanche and will have nothing
to do with the Jeffery Deaver book". On 3 October 2011 fifteen domain
names including 'jamesbond-skyfall.com' and 'skyfallthefilm.com' were
reported to have been registered on behalf of MGM and Sony Pictures by
Internet brand-protection service MarkMonitor. This led to supposition in
the media that the film had been given the name "Skyfall". These reports
were not confirmed at the time by Eon Productions, Sony or
MGM. Skyfallwas later confirmed as the title at a press conference on 3
November 2011, during which co-producerBarbara Broccoli said that the
title "has some emotional context which will be revealed in the film".The
title refers to the name of Bond's childhood home "Skyfall", and the
setting for the film's finale.[
How the IMAX version of Skyfall
I had a chance to talk with IMAX's Senior VP of Film
Production, Hugh Murray, about the IMAX version of the
upcoming film Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond movie in a series
that spans fifty years of cinema. The discussion was quite
1. How difficult were the logistics with [cinematographer] Roger
Deakins having to shoot with, presumably, two camera rigs, the
usual HD cameras and simultaneously with the IMAX cameras?
Skyfall was not shot with IMAX cameras or with HD cameras.
Roger Deakins used the Arri Alexa digital cinema camera in RAW
image mode to provide the highest possible resolution and
dynamic range (the number of exposure stops the camera can
reproduce). Just over a year ago we began testing the footage in
IMAX theatres in London so that Roger could see how it was
going to translate to the most demanding format available.
The Alexa shoots a taller image than the Cinemascope format that
most features, including Skyfall, are released in and so we
suggested that Director Sam Mendes might want to take
advantage of that to offer a taller, more immersive, format for the
IMAX release. Chris Nolan, Brad Bird, Ridley Scott and Marc Webb
have all done variations of this in the IMAX versions of their most
The IMAX presentation of SKYFALL will be specially formatted to
feature a larger aspect ratio than the conventional release for the
entirety of the film. This aspect ratio, which is optimized to take
advantage of the IMAX screen, will allow audiences to see up to
26% more of the image and result in a full panorama of the action
- further immersing them into the vast scale and scope of the
Deakins is a very exacting Cinematographer, and requested
camera tests to be screened in IMAX over a year ago, as
described above, so that he would be armed with this knowledge
while shooting and then working with the digital frames.
3. As a filmgoer, I'm confused by the moniker "IMAX" associated with a
film because of the different size screens. I think of IMAX as a massive
curved screen and a specialized theater configuration, but now there are
"IMAX lite" theaters that have a higher-def but flat screen. What defines
the IMAX experience? Are you aware that film ticketing services like
Fandango don't differentiate from "IMAX equipped theater" and a proper
IMAX screen experience?
There isn't one thing that makes IMAX the most immersive movie
experience in the world; it's a combination of many proprietary
technologies and architecture - almost all of them inventions that are
unique to IMAX. This is called the IMAX Experience® and is the
culmination of the following elements:
IMAX manufactures the highest resolution cameras in the world and
provides them to the most ambitious and accomplished filmmakers such
as Christopher Nolan, Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams
IMAX's revolutionary projection technology, which delivers crystal-clear
IMAX's powerful audio system, which delivers laser-aligned sound
IMAX's customized theatre geometry, which maximizes the audiences field
When integrated together, our comprehensive suite of proprietary IMAX
technologies and architecture delivers the optimal sensory experience in
both 2D and 3D.
Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli travelled to South
Africa for location scouting in April 2011. With the film
moving into pre-production in August, reports emerged
that shooting would take place in India, with scenes to be
shot in the Sarojini Nagar district of New Delhi and on
railway lines between Goa and Ahemdabad. The production
crew faced complications in securing permission to close
sections of the Konkan Railway. Similar problems in
obtaining filming permits were encountered by production
crews for The Dark Knight Rises and Mission: Impossible –
Ghost Protocol. Permission was eventually granted to the
Bond poduction crew; however, the production ultimately
did not shoot in India.
When Skyfall, the 23rd entry in the James
Bond series, finally hits UK screens on
Friday, the British public will be divided into
two factions: those planning to see it, and
those assuming it had been out months ago.
Even by the unsubtle standards of studio
tentpoles, the marketing push for Skyfall has
been a long-haul assault, stretching far
beyond the standard (if especially ubiquitous)
bus-side billboards, and trailers that have
been on rotation since the spring.
Though not a man averse to material pleasures, Bond himself might balk at the
amount of promotional tie-ins being attached to his name this time around. The new
film raises the bar for onscreen product placement, from 007's Tom Ford-tailored
suits to Q's Sony Vaiohardware, as well as offscreen alliances ranging from Coke Zero
to perfume retailers. (Yes, if you've always wanted to smell like Bond – presumably
not after an intense chase sequence – the option is yours.) His new tipple of
choice, Heineken, has proved an ongoing sticking poit with fans, particularly after a
big-budget ad that actually roped Daniel Craig into the action.
However, with the Dutch beer having stumped up over £28m for the privilege of
seeing Bond sip from a green bottle in an early scene – coolly covering almost a third
of the film's estimated £93.7m ($150m) production budget in the process – the
producers are willing to endure that indignity. Craig himself has been a diplomatic
spokesman on the issue, acknowledging that their reliance on brand associations is
"unfortunate before countering: "This movie costs a lot of money to make [and]
nearly as much again to promote, so we go where we can."
That quote is about as close as we're going to get to learning the film's actual
marketing budget, given Sony Pictures International's customary reluctance to
divulge such details. It would be a grey area in any case, since it's more difficult than
usual to tell where this film's marketing begins and ends – particularly in this year of
the Bond films' golden anniversary, when any number of external forces are
collaborating to sanctify the franchise as a great British institution. 007 practically
received a knighthood in his amiably goofy skit with the Queen in July's Olympic
opening ceremony – a stunt that may not have had Skyfall's enigmatic name
anywhere on it, but pointedly raised awareness of the agent's return to a global
audience of a billion.
Distribution Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (CPII) is an
American film production and distribution
studio. Columbia Pictures now forms part of the
Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned
by Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of
the Japanese conglomerate Sony. It is one of
the leading film studios in the world, a member
of the so-called Big Seven. It was one of the socalled Little Three among the eight major film
studios of Hollywood's Golden Age.
known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures or MetroGoldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.), is an American media
company, involved primarily in the production and
distribution of films and television programs. Once the
largest and most glamorous of film studios, MGM was
founded in 1924 when the entertainment entrepreneur
Marcus Loew gained control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn
Pictures Corporation and Louis B. Mayer Pictures.
Its headquarters is in Beverly Hills, California.
On November 3, 2010, MGM filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy. MGM emerged from bankruptcy on
December 20, 2010, at which time the executives of
Spyglass Entertainment, Gary Barber and Roger
Birnbaum, became co-Chairmen and co-CEOs of the
holding company of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Peter Morgan was originally commissioned to write a script, but left the
project when MGM filed for bankruptcy and production of the film stalled;
despite his departure, Morgan later stated that the final script was based
on his original idea, retaining what he described as the film's "big hook”.
Director Mendes adamantly denied this, stating that it was "just not true"
and that Morgan's script treatment had been discarded once Mendes
agreed to direct. The final script was written by Bond screenwriting
regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and John Logan. Logan recounted
being brought into the project by his long-time friend Sam
Mendes, describing the process between Mendes and the writers as "very
collaborative", and that writing Skyfall was one of the best experiences he
had had in scripting a film.
Roger Deakins signed on as cinematographer, having previously worked
with Mendes on Jarhead andRevolutionary Road. Dennis Gassner returned
as production designer, the costume designer was Jany
Temime, Alexander Witt was director of the second unit, the stunt coordinator was Gary Powell and Chris Corbould supervised the special
effects, while the visual effects supervisor was Steve Begg. All have
worked on previous Bond films. Daniel Kleinman returned to design the
film's title sequence after stepping aside to allow graphic design
studio MK12 to create the Quantum of Solacesequence
Skyfall has earned $1.1 billion worldwide, and is the highestgrossing film worldwide for Sony Pictures, the secondhighest-grossing film of 2012, and theseventh-highestgrossing film of all time. On its opening weekend, it earned
$80.6 million from 25 markets. In the UK the film grossed
£20.1 million on its opening weekend, making it the secondhighest Friday-to-Sunday debut ever behind Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The film set a record for the
highest seven-day gross with £37.2 million, surpassing
previous record holder Deathly Hallows – Part
2 (£35.7 million).By 9 November 2012 the film had earned
over £57 million to surpass The Dark Knight Rises as the
highest-grossing film of 2012, and the highest-grossing
James Bond film of all time in the UK. After 40 days of
release the total UK gross stood at
£94.28 million, making Skyfall the highest-grossing film in
the UK, surpassing the £94.03 million of Avatar.By 30
December 2012, it became the first film to gross more than
£100 million ($161.6 million) in the UK.
Skyfall: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is
the soundtrack album to the 23rd James Bond film of
the same name. Released by Sony Classical on
October 29, 2012 in the United Kingdom and on 6
November 2012 in the United States, the music was
composed by Thomas Newman. This is Newman's
first Bond soundtrack, making him the ninth
composer to score a Bond film. The score won
the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music. In 2013, it
became one of two Bond scores to be nominated for
the Academy Award for Best Original Score. The other
to be nominated was the score from The Spy Who
Loved Me (1977).
The premiere of Skyfall was on 23 October 2012
at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The event was
attended by Charles, Prince of Wales, and his
wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The film was
released in the UK three days later on 26
October and into US cinemas on 8
November. Skyfall was the first Bond film to be
screened in IMAX venues and was released into
IMAX cinemas in North America a day earlier
than the conventional cinema release.