It’s been three years since Quantum Of Solace, the 2008 and last James Bond film that starred Daniel Craig as the iconic British spy. And because of financial problems at MGM, it will be almost exactly four years until we see the next movie in the Bond canon in October 2012, but at least now we have a name.
Yep – the official title for the 23rd James Bond film has been released. It’s Skyfall, and MI6 is taking matters so seriously that they’ve even unveiled an official @007 Twitter account.
The profile was created yesterday ahead of a press conference about the film (one imagines by pulling a few strings, as @007 was originally registered a long time ago, but re-registered on October 12 of this year), and has been sharing news about Skyfall, including details of the name, casting, comments from the director Sam Mendes, a plot synopsis, and more.
Daniel Craig returns as Bond, of course, facing villains Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes (in a very secret role – could it be Blofeld?) alongside new Bond girls Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe. Judi Dench returns as Bond’s superior, M.
And the plot?
Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
It’s pretty dry stuff from @007, to be honest, but it’s early days yet. I’m psyched about the movie itself – Casino Royale (2006) is one of my all-time favourite films and while Quantum fell short of expectations, Daniel Craig is a revelation and (in my opinion) trumps Connery as the greatest Bond of all time. No signs of Craig himself on Twitter so far, but he may be coaxed into opening an account to promote the movie nearer the release date.
On that, and if you’re listening MGM, here’s a fabulous marketing idea for you: why not get ALL the living James Bonds signed up on Twitter to promote the heck out of the movie? Just imagine Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Connery and Bob Holness (unfortunately Barry Nelson, the first actor to play Bond, died in 2007) all sending tweets and chatting with each other about their history and place in the Bond franchise.
That’s social gold, right there. I’d love to see this happen. Somebody make a phone call. Now.