James Bond had to stay off-duty for four years due to the financial meltdown of MGM, but the franchise found at home at Sony, and then kicked into production on the spy’s next adventure, Skyfall. The studio has no intention of giving 007 another extended vacation, and at CinemaCon yesterday, Rory Bruer, the company’s President of Worldwide Distribution, said the studio is aiming to have Bond 24 hit theaters in late 2014. I would be willing to go a step further and assume the studio would like the film in November 2014 since November has been home to all of the Daniel Craig Bond movies.
Speaking of Craig, his contract will allow him to refuse returning for the next movie. He’s given no indication that he has any plans to leave the franchise, but we’ll have to wait for confirmation, which probably won’t come until after Skyfall is released. Skyfall is due out on November 9th, and the first trailer will be attached to Men in Black 3, which opens on May 25th. Hit the jump for a description of the trailer.
The teaser trailer for Skyfall was shown to an audience at CinemaCon, and Entertainment Weekly provided the following description:
The first trailer for Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 begins with the British superspy in a debriefing room, playing word association with an examiner while Judi Dench’s M and Ralph Fiennes, apparently a member of the government agency, look on dourly through one-way glass.
“Country …” the examiner begins.
“… England,” Bond replies flatly.
“Gun …” the man says.
“… Shot,” Bond says.
“… Provocateur,” Bond says.
The examiner repeats it: “Skyfall …”
“… Done,” Bond says finally, standing up and walking toward the glass while Dench and Fiennes look like they just swallowed their chewing gum.
Clearly, 007 knows what this means, and it’s most likely not good news. The next series of shots in the trailer include Bond storming in through a door, rapidly firing a handgun, and other assorted action scenes. Then we see a series of coffins draped in the British flag.
“Some men are coming to kill us,” Bond says. “We’re going to kill them first.”
I’m glad Bond says, “We’re going to kill them first,” because if he had said “We’re going to run and hide,” I’d be somewhat concerned.
The movie also stars Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ben Chaplin, Berenice Marlohe, Helen McCroy, and Albert Finney. Here’s the official synopsis for Skyfall:
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) 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.