The new 007 film promises a hot Daniel Craig and lots of action but also a dramatic twist, writes Angus Hohenboken
Sneak peek at Skyfall
DANIEL Craig’s chiselled jaw grinds aggressively on a wad of chewing gum as he awaits his call to action.
The air is cold and damp on the set, the actor is deep in the bowels of the London Underground, reconstructed on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.
He limbers up, swaying his hips from side to side and stretching his arms across his chest before assuming his starting position, tensing every muscle in his body to become James Bond.
As the camera rolls, he snaps his Walther PPK up from his hip and locks his target in his sights. ‘‘ I’ve got bad news, Silva,’’ he warns. ‘‘ Me too,’’ comes Javier Bardem’s villainous reply.
Seconds later, a bomb rips through the roof of the tunnel.
The scene is the London set of the new James Bond film Skyfall – the 23rd instalment of the spy franchise, which opens in Australia in November.
Back in the real world, Bond fans are preparing to face their own bombshell, with the spoiler mill in overdrive amid reports that Judi Dench’s MI6 matriarch character M doesn’t make it through the film alive.
‘‘ We’ve just filmed M’s death scene. Judi Dench is leaving the franchise,’’ a member of the Skyfall production crew apparently told British website Best In Film. That is bad news. But is it true? Interviewed at Pinewood, Dench, whose character has managed to stay alive through six Bond films since Goldeneye in 1995, says the plot – and her character’s fate – remain classified.
‘‘ I’m sorry, it’s ridiculous, it’s absurd, but that’s the nature of Bond,’’ she says.
Script security is paramount on any 007 set but, with the added expectation of the release coinciding with Bond’s 50th anniversary on the big screen, nothing has been left to chance.
Dench recalled the day her Skyfall script arrived, playing like a scene dreamt up by Bond author Ian Fleming himself.