DANIEL CRAIG

The new 007 film prom­ises a hot Daniel Craig and lots of ac­tion but also a dra­matic twist, writes An­gus Hohenboken

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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.

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