- Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Helen McCrory, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ola Rapace, Rory Kinnear, Michael G. Wilson, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Nichola Fynn, Santi Scinelli, Nicholas Woodeson, Tom Wu, Christopher Sciueref, Ben Loyd-Holmes, Duncan Meadows, Milorad Kapor, Simon DeSilva, Benjayx Murphy, Beatrice Curnew, Mihai Arsene, Mayo Oliver, Glenn Webster, Alan Low, Russell Balogh, Greg Bennett, Carol Bunting, Duncan Casey
- Director: Sam Mendes
- Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan, Patrick Marber
- Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
- Executive Producers: Callum McDougall, Anthony Waye
- Art Direction: Chris Lowe
- Casting: Debbie McWilliams
- Costume Design: Jany Temime
- D.O.P.: Roger Deakins
- Editor: Stuart Baird
- Makeup: Donald Mowat
- Music: Thomas Newman
- Production Design: Dennis Gassner
- Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
The 23rd James Bond film and the third to feature Daniel Craig in the role. In this outing 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Istanbul, Turkey; London, UK; Scotland, UK; Shanghai, China
- MPAA Warning: Intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking
- Production Budget: $200 million
- Production Companies: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures, Danjaq, Eon Productions, United Artists
- Production Schedule: 7 November 2011 - February 2012
2012 Guide Analysis: "Six years ago "Casino Royale" introduced Daniel Craig as James Bond and successfully rebooted the franchise with one of its strongest films to date. Four years ago came "Quantum of Solace", an over-edited and turgid little revenge movie that worked as a decent Bourne-esque action film but stunk as a Bond movie.
Reviews were decidedly mixed for QoS at the time and reaction hasn't aged well, to the point that even Craig himself has gone on the record about how disappointed he was with that film. Now, after MGM's financial difficulties led to some delays and hiccups, Craig returns as 007 for a third time in an entry for the franchise that promises great things - a film both old school Bond enough to satiate classic fans while still retaining what has worked about the Craig-era.
Said to be a stand alone entry, the whole Vesper and Quantum subplots done and over, this sees a past secret of M's coming back to challenge Bond's loyalty to her - something bad enough to lead to a full on attack of MI6. British politics definitely plays a big part here with various high profile actors like Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Helen McCrory playing government agents or cabinet ministers with key roles in the storyline.
While it's still not entirely sure if Miss Moneypenny is actually returning or not, the hiring of a brilliant young actor like Ben Whishaw as the new Q is an inspired choice. Same with scoring Javier Bardem for the villain and, if rumours are true, Fiennes for the role he's set to be used in.
The hiring of "American Beauty," "Road to Perdition" and "Revolutionary Road" director Sam Mendes has been a much debated one. Fans of the series are worried some of his worst excesses will be brought to bear here, on the flip side this is a franchise that restrains its helmers from going too far one way or another. More importantly, unlike Swiss helmer Marc Forester, Mendes has an immeasurably better understanding of the Bond character and the films.
He's also surrounded himself with far better talent behind the scenes - Roger Deakins as D.O.P., John Logan polishing the script, and the return of 'Royale' editor Stuart Baird & second unit director Alexander Witt. Whereas the script for 'Quantum' was heavily impacted by the writers strike, this one has been worked on for well over a year and Craig has already been calling it better than 'Royale'. One of my three most anticipated films of next year (alongside 'Prometheus' and 'Dark Knight Rises')."