Bond 23 Officially Called <i>Skyfall</i>, Bardem and Fiennes Confirmed

Production gets under way Monday on the 23rd James Bond film, now officially called Skyfall.

The announcement was made today at a London press conference by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who confirmed that stars Daniel Craig and Judi Dench will be joined in the Sam Mendes-directed movie by Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes, as well as Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw.

In Skyfall, written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, "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."

The film is set to open in the U.K. and Ireland on Oct. 26, 2012, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Dr. No, which launched the Bond franchise. Skyfall will open Nov. 9, 2012, in North America.

For those keeping track at home, this is Dench's seventh Bond film and Craig's third, and the second time the actor's worked with Mendes (the first was in the 2002 crime drama Road to Perdition).

"We're so delighted to have Sam Mendes direct Skyfall and be working once again with Daniel Craig," Wilson and Broccoli said in a joint statement. "We've a great script, an extraordinary cast and an incredibly talented creative team for this latest James Bond adventure."

Skyfall will be distributed by Sony Pictures, which signed on in April as co-financier, rescuing a movie that had been delayed by MGM's well-publicized financial woes. By the time Skyfall opens in October 2012, it will have been four years since the release of Quantum of Solace.

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