Today Cinematic Impact followed the brief yet fairly informative Bond 23 conference courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures, and EON Productions. 007 fans can breath a sigh of relief about a few terrible rumors. For starters the movie will very much be action based, despite the budget being 15 million less than Casino Royale and 65 million less than Quantum of Solace. Obviously the bankruptcy of MGM had influence on the smaller amount of cash being dished out, but well choreographed gun fights, hand-to-hand combat sequences, and chase scenes in a 2 hour movie can be managed for under $100 million. Skyfall has a budget of 135 million. Chris Corbould (Casino Royale, Inception, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) will be back as the special effects supervisor, so expect the technical standards bar to remain high. Furthermore, Daniel Craig will not be sporting a Paul Bunyan/Grizzly Adams beard for the film.
Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, and Naomi Harris have been confirmed as the newcomers to the MI6 spy series. Harris will not be playing the relationship desperate yet sophisticated Miss Money Penny. Bardem is confirmed as the main antagonist, and Fiennes (who was not present during the conference) could be a second villain.
Not only has Mendes stated that there will be numerous surprises in this Bond outing; he is going to personally supervise all action sequences. Yet we cannot confirm if Mr. Mendes does not use a 2nd unit director as fellow directors Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino direct every single frame of their films. The director, cast, and crew have experienced problems with the Indian government in regards to filming high-octane scenes. The upcoming The Dark Knight Rises and Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol also under-went crafty negotiations to get scenes filmed in India.
Here’s to hoping that Sam Mendes and 9-time academy award nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins stick to film format for Skyfall. Deakins shot the critically panned 2011 film In Time digitally, a first for the Hollywood veteran. Skyfall does not need to suffer visually as Michael Mann’s Public Enemies did courtesy of the wedding video quality Sony F23 digital camera.
Skyfall begins filming on November 3, 2011.