Skyfall

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Skyfall
The poster shows a man wearing a tuxedo and holding a gun, standing in front of an image that looks like it was taken from the inside of a gun barrel, with the London skyline visible behind him. Text at the bottom of the poster reveals the film title and credits.
British cinema poster for Skyfall, designed by Empire Design
Directed bySam Mendes
Produced by
Screenplay by
Starring
Music byThomas Newman
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • 23 October 2012 (2012-10-23) (London, premiere)
  • 26 October 2012 (2012-10-26) (United Kingdom)
  • 9 November 2012 (2012-11-09) (United States)
Running time
143 minutes[1]
Countries
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$150–200 million
Box office$1.109 billion

Skyfall is a 2012 spy movie and the twenty-third in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. The movie is the third to star Daniel Craig as fictional MI6 agent James Bond and includes Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the villain, and Judi Dench, as M. It was directed by Sam Mendes and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan, and features the theme song "Skyfall", written and performed by Adele. It was distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. The movie centres around Bond investigating an attack on MI6; the attack is part of a plot by former MI6 operative Raoul Silva to humiliate, discredit and kill M as revenge against her for betraying him. It sees the return of two recurring characters after an absence of two movies: Q, played by Ben Whishaw, and Miss Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris.

Mendes was approached to direct after the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008. Development was suspended when MGM ran into financial trouble, and did not resume until MGM emerged from bankruptcy in December 2010; meanwhile the original screenwriter, Peter Morgan, left the project. When production resumed, Logan, Purvis, and Wade continued writing what became the final version. Filming began in November 2011, primarily in the United Kingdom, with smaller portions shot in China and Turkey.

Skyfall premiered at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 23 October 2012 and was released in the UK on 26 October and in North America on 9 November. It was the first James Bond movie to be screened in IMAX venues, although it was not filmed with IMAX cameras. The release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the series, which began with Dr. No in 1962. Skyfall was very well received by critics, who praised its screenplay, acting (particularly by Craig, Bardem, and Dench), Mendes's direction, Deakins's cinematography, Thomas Newman's musical score, and action sequences. It was the fourteenth movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide, and the only James Bond movie to do so. It became the seventh-highest-grossing movie of all time, the highest-grossing movie in the UK, the highest-grossing movie in the series, the highest-grossing movie worldwide for both Sony Pictures and MGM, and the second-highest-grossing movie of 2012. The movie won several accolades, including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards and two Grammy Awards.

The next movie in the series, Spectre, was released in North America in November 2015, with Craig reprising his role, Sony Pictures returning to distribute, and Mendes returning to direct.

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 United Arab Emirates 26 October 2012
 Belgium 26 October 2012
 Bulgaria 26 October 2012
 Bahrain 26 October 2012
 Brazil 26 October 2012
 Czech Republic 26 October 2012
 Denmark 26 October 2012
 Egypt 26 October 2012
 Finland 26 October 2012
 France 26 October 2012
 United Kingdom 26 October 2012
 Hungary 26 October 2012
 Ireland 26 October 2012
 Israel 26 October 2012
 Iraq 26 October 2012
 Iceland 26 October 2012
 Jordan 26 October 2012
 South Korea 26 October 2012
 Kuwait 26 October 2012
 Kazakhstan 26 October 2012
 Lebanon 26 October 2012
 Malta 26 October 2012
 Norway 26 October 2012
 Oman 26 October 2012
 Poland 26 October 2012
 Palestine 26 October 2012
 Portugal 26 October 2012
 Qatar 26 October 2012
 Romania 26 October 2012
 Russia 26 October 2012
 Sweden 26 October 2012
 Slovakia 26 October 2012
  Switzerland 27 October 2012 (French speaking region)
 Spain 31 October 2012
 Italy 31 October 2012
 Netherlands 31 October 2012
 Philippines 31 October 2012
 Serbia 31 October 2012
 Argentina 1 November 2012
 Austria 1 November 2012
 Bolivia 1 November 2012
  Switzerland 1 November 2012 (German speaking region)
 Chile 1 November 2012
 Germany 1 November 2012
 Georgia 1 November 2012
 Greece 1 November 2012
 Hong Kong 1 November 2012
 Croatia 1 November 2012
 Indonesia 1 November 2012
 Lithuania 1 November 2012
 Malaysia 1 November 2012
 Peru 1 November 2012
 Singapore 1 November 2012
 Slovenia 1 November 2012
 El Salvador 1 November 2012
 Thailand 1 November 2012
 Ukraine 1 November 2012
 Uruguay 1 November 2012
 Colombia 2 November 2012
 Ecuador 2 November 2012
 Estonia 2 November 2012
 Ethiopia 2 November 2012
 Kenya 2 November 2012
 Latvia 2 November 2012
 Mexico 2 November 2012
 Nigeria 2 November 2012
 Panama 2 November 2012
 Turkey 2 November 2012
 Taiwan 2 November 2012
 Venezuela 2 November 2012
 Vietnam 2 November 2012
 Armenia 5 November 2012
 Jamaica 7 November 2012
 Albania 9 November 2012
 Canada 9 November 2012
 Pakistan 9 November 2012
 United States 9 November 2012
 Cambodia 15 November 2012
 Australia 22 November 2012
 North Macedonia 22 November 2012
 New Zealand 22 November 2012
 Bangladesh 29 November 2012
 South Africa 30 November 2012
 Japan 1 December 2012
 Dominican Republic 6 December 2012
 China 21 January 2013

Sources[change | change source]

  1. "Skyfall". British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). 12 October 2012. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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