Daniel Craig as James Bond
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The first official image from Skyfall, the 23rd Eon Productions James Bond picture, has been released on the movie’s website at 007.com.
   The photograph sees Daniel Craig as James Bond, in a scene set in Shanghai.
   The film sees Craig joined by Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Ben Chaplin, Albert Finney, and Ralph Fiennes. Sam Mendes directs.
   The plot is a closely guarded secret, but the official statement from Sony, released in January, read: ‘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.’
   Regular scriptwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, with Gladiator’s John Logan, penned the script, which has no connection to an Ian Fleming novel.
   The James Bond films celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. In 1962, Dr No, the first big-screen Bond movie, was released, starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress and Joseph Wiseman.
   Skyfall will be released October 26 in the UK and Éire, and November 9 in North America.