Bond fans have been forced to endure a very long, tortured wait for a new Bond movie to hit the screens, but that long wait will finally be over in several months with the newest Bond film Skyfall premiering on October 26, 2012 in the UK followed by a US release date of November 9, 2012. The film has had a long and winding path, with financial difficulties at MGM playing a big role behind the numerous delays that resulted in several years passing since the last Bond movie Quantum of Solace in 2008 (and Casino Royale before it in 2006). Fans that enjoyed the poker scenes in Casino Royale that vaulted it onto several Top 5 Classic Casino Movies may be a bit disappointed in Skyfall, as all signs point to it being a slightly different Bond experience.
Bond is rumored to spend less time doing things such as taking time out to play casino games and spending more time trying to save MI6 from destruction, going so far as to question the loyalty of long-time colleague and commanding officer M (played by Judi Dench). Skyfall will be the seventh straight film that Dench has played M but it could be her last time in that role, with rumors swirling that M may meet her end in the movie, and a teaser trailer showing M surrounding by coffins only fueling that speculation.
Severals stars of the film have been drumming up publicity and buzz for the film by attending conferences and press events around the world, with director Sam Mendes and new Bond girl Bernice Marlohe playing key roles in those efforts to spread the news about the movie. Marlohe has been doing plenty of interviews with the inevitable question of what does it feel like to be a Bond girl poppin gup: “’I kept hearing it all the time – Bond girl, Bond girl, Bond girl – and I thought, “Oh my God, what do people expect? Do they just expect someone who is pretty? What do they want me to do?”.
Marlohe also has styled herself as a bit of a psychic, with the French actress claiming in a GQ interview that: “It was very funny. Six months before the audition, I had gone to America to try to find an agent. And suddenly I had a dream about Javier Bardem. It was so strange, because I never dream of actors. I think he was my coach or something. And after the dream, suddenly I felt so peaceful. Like, everything is going to be fine. Six months later, I went back to Paris and heard about the auditions, and it wasn’t until the second interview that someone told me maybe we would have Javier Bardem. I thought, ‘Ah, another sign!’. Sometimes life and the universe comes into line.”
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