Over in London, where the next installment of the James Bond franchise will be shooting at Pinewood Studios, director Sam Mendes and key members of the cast were on hand for a press conference confirming some major details about the movie. The first up was something we pretty much already knew-- the movie will be called Skyfall, as reported as near-fact last month. Also joining the press conference were returning actors we knew would be involved-- Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, of course-- along with some newcomers whose names have also been constantly rumored. By showing up at the press conference, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Javier Bardem-- who talked about his casting a few weeks ago-- confirmed their roles in the film. Harris is playing a field agent named Eve-- which suggests the rumors about her playing Moneypenny were wrong-- while Malohe plays a character named Severin, and Bardem essentially admitted he'll be playing a villain by joking "Who told you a villain is a bad person?"

Also confirmed were Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw, all of them names that were thrown into the rumor mill, and all of them with roles that the production is keeping under wraps for now. The only remaining big news that Mendes's details that Skyfall is "its own story" that "doesn't connect with the last two films." That means that Bond won't be coping with the death of Eva Green's Vesper Lynde, and more importantly, won't remember the confusing nonsense that went down in the previous film Quantum of Solace. It's hard to imagine anyone will be mourning that loss.

The press release that came out shortly following the press conference included a very short but intriguing little plot synopsis:

In SKYFALL, 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.

Production on the film begins today, and in addition to Pinewood they'll be shooting in Shanghai, Istanbul, the Scottish highlands and London. The movie is set for a European release on October 26 next year, and will come to the United States on November 9, 2012.

(Info via ComingSoon and their man in London who was on hand for the event).

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