Of the many films that we have to look forward to this year, the upcoming Skyfall, until recently known as Bond 23, is one of the biggest titles coming to us in 2012, and we’ve recently been getting a small flurry of news from the project since the official press conference back in November, all of which you can catch up on right here.

Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), the film has a fantastic cast with Daniel Craig of course reprising his role as James Bond, supported by the likes of Javier Bardem in the villain’s role, Dame Judi Dench as M, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Ola Rapace, Helen McCrory, and Albert Finney.

“In SKYFALL, 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.”

The film’s official website, 007.com, has launched, with a countdown to the film’s release date and a short introductory video from long-time Bond co-producer Michael G. Wilson, whose credits include Moonraker, Licence to Kill, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace, to name but a few.

One of the things that excites me most about the project is that John Logan is heading up the credits for the screenplay. Logan is the man who brought us the brilliant Gladiator and The Last Samurai, and he’s returning to work with Fiennes after scripting the actor’s directorial debut, Coriolanus, which is due out here on 20th January this month.

Fiennes has been speaking to the Sunday Mail about his love of Bond and Ian Fleming’s original novels, and though he’s expectedly being kept to secrecy about his role, he did have this little piece of information to say:

“I’m allowed to say that I’m a government agent.”

Skyfall is released here in the UK on 26th October – the countdown clock on the official site looks to be counting down (if I can count right) to our release date, rather than America’s two weeks later – and if all goes well, it will no doubt be a huge box office and critically acclaimed success. Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale both took more than half a billion dollars at the international box office, and though the former wasn’t received quite so well, Casino Royale was received by most people really well, and I think we can expect the same from Skyfall. At the time of writing, we have 297 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes, and a handful of seconds to go. Be sure to check back in for more on Skyfall as we get it in the coming months.

Thanks to ComingSoon.net for the heads up.

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