It's official, Bond 23 is called "Skyfall" is the third to star actor Daniel Craig in the role.
The announcement was made at a press conference in London where Craig, director Sam Mendes, Dame Judi Dench, and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were on hand to announce the start of production on the project which will hit theaters in October/November next year.
The press conference saw the confirmation of various casting Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Helen McCrory and Rory Kinnear
What's noteworthy is that Harris plays field agent 'Eve' It seems she's not Miss Moneypenny as previously rumoured...Harris added that training for her role has so far included yoga, stunt driving and firing machine guns.
Bardem is confirmed as the bad guy.
Mendes directs from a script by Patrick Marber John Logan Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
Mendes says the tone is "classic elements of a Bond film and lots of action", those worried by the reports that he's cutting back on the thrills in favour of a more awards movie tone - "action needs to co-exist with the drama… a Bond movie is for the audience, and only for the audience".
Mendes said that when this film is done, if he's still as excited about doing Bond as he is now then he'd come back to helm another.
Asked whether the budget for this one will be cut back, Broccoli amusingly replied "does it look like we're cutting back", Wilson adds "everything is as it was in the last two films."
One change though from the last two films will be the story. Mendes confirms that while the style will be the same, this film is a stand alone so the 'Quantum' organisation will NOT be involved.
The title reportedly has an emotional context which "will become clear when we see the film" according to Broccoli.
Asked about the evver important opening musical theme song, various people have been considered for the theme but at this stage they can't announce anyone because nothing is set yet.
Filming kicks off today at Pinewood Studios in the UK It will also be shot around the Whitehall area. Other locations will include Shanghai, Istanbul and Scotland.
A lot of things are also being done in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the franchise next year