Without a doubt, one of the most highly anticipated films of 2012, Skyfall – until now, known by the name Bond 23 – has been progressing excellently over the past few days, officially announcing its name, logo, cast, and synopsis.

Filming has commenced as of yesterday, with the first official image from the set tweeted courtesy of the official 007 Twitter page. The very same page has also now tweeted that Skyfall has added two more members to its cast, in the form of Helen McCrory and Ola Rapace.

“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 will see the return of Daniel Craig in the Bond role – my personal favourite Bond actor to date – and of course Dame Judi Dench will be returning as M, with the rest of the cast including the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem as the villain, Albert Finney, Bérénice Marlohe, Naomi Harris (who will be playing a field agent called Eve, not Moneypenny, as previously thought), and Ben Wishaw. And now we can add to that McCrory, best known for her role as Draco Malfoy’s mother in the Harry Potter films, and Rapace, Swedish actor married but separated to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing the film, and Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes will be taking the helm on this, which I couldn’t be happier about, having gone from strength to strength every step of the way since his feature debut with the classic American Beauty back in 1999.

Skyfall is scheduled for release on 26th October next year, which means we have less than twelve months to go until we get to see the return of Bond to the big screens for the first time since 2008’s Quantum of Solace.