Skyfall is the perfect film to accompany the 50th Anniversary of the first big screen Bond movie Dr. No. The movie is a crossroads for 007; the spy is an old soul with unconventional archaic methods struggling to exist in a high-tech world with enemies who swap laser beams and nukes for Internet viruses and data infiltration. This conflict is the core of Skyfall — perfect for director Sam Mendes (American Beauty Revolutionary Road) — and the human drama gives every moment of the espionage thriller additional weight. Sure there are the grandiose set pieces we've come to expect from the series. But like the older films Mendes keeps most of the action contained the focus always on star Daniel Craig as he evades and confronts danger. He even pushes further allowing the evildoers into MI-6's home and through the magic of performance the audience into the mind of Bond.
After a botched mission sends him off the grid James Bond returns to his homebase in London to discover the MI-6 in disarray. The target of system attacks seemingly designed to screw with M (Judi Dench) MI-6 calls upon a noticeably shaken (not stirred) Bond to get back on his feet and track down the nefarious face behind the online terrorism. While politico Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) would prefer to use the magic of computers and drones to dig up the bad guy M knows even Bond at 50% is unlike any machine in the world. A few training sessions and a weapon upgrade from Q (Ben Whishaw) later Bond hits the road.
In pure Bond fashion Skyfall traverses some beautiful landscapes. From China's glowing waterside gambling epicenter Macau to the remains of a South Pacific isle to the foggy country side of Scotland. Departing from action movie aesthetics and embracing shadows atmosphere and imperfection Bond's journey feels even more tangible than the "realistic" approach of Casino Royale. The haunting locations reflect his deeply personal mission. It helps too that Bond is faced by one of his best villains yet: Javier Bardem as the charming psychopathic Raul Silva. Silva acts as another mirror for Bond albeit a version completely off the rails. Like a mix of Hannibal Lecter and Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight Silva is determined to burn his opponents in any fashion possible. Bardem plays it all with a sinister smirk — a twist on the maniacally-laughing Bond villains of yesteryear.
Skyfall's concentration is on the dramatic but continuously delivers in the action department. Mendes finds innovative new ways to stage classic Bond moments; a one-shot fist fight in the windows of skyscraper bubbles over with intensity while another in the Chinese casino tips its hat to the campier side of the franchise. And the movie goes big with an opening sequence on par with any of Bond's past outings and a foot chase through London's Tube that tests Craig's limits as a physical performer. He never misses a beat.
Impressively Skyfall is a movie pulled from this moment in history while encompassing everything that made James Bond a long-lasting character. It's one of the best Bond entries of all time a heart-pounding action flick from start to finish (with a rousing conclusion evoking everything from Terence Young to Sam Peckinpah) and one of the best movies of the year.
The Greek actress plays a love interest for Daniel Craig's superspy character in the 23rd Bond blockbuster, and Sotiropoulou reveals that due to strict secrecy protocols, she didn't know what she was doing on set until the time came to shoot her scenes.
She says, "I was one of the people who never had a script. I just got told what I'd be doing on set by the director. They have to be so careful. You have quite strict contracts that say you can't say anything about the plot. And everyone respects that."
UPDATE: There are several elements that are essential to any Bond film: Action, martinis, and of course, "Bond girls." Skyfall, the latest installment in the franchise, has already toyed with this formula by having Daniel Craig sip Heineken, but thankfully Bond will still have plenty of glamourous lady friends. Previously, Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe were cast in the film, and now a third leading lady has been added: Tonia Sotiropoulou.
The Greek actress broke the news on Facebook, writing, "Dear friends I officially announce I got a part in J. Bond new film!!! Turkey here I come! Thank u all for you love and support! This is officially the happiest day of my life bitches!!!!"
Sotiropoulou originally auditioned for Sévérine, but the role went to Marlohe. After auditioning again and meeting with director Sam Mendes yesterday, she finally landed the part. She told the Greek press that she's excited to be featured in a film that will play for audiences worldwide. "I feel very lucky and blessed, but basically, I am very grateful that this happened, for my family and my friends who believe in me and support trying to do," she said. "I will do the best, I am very proud because somehow it might be something that will advertise in Greece and I am happy about it."
More details have emerged about the smoldering actress. Here's what we know so far:
* Sotiropoulou says on Facebook that she knows English, French, Greek, Ancient Greek and Cypriot Greek.
* She once played the Virgin Mary.
* She's performed standup comedy and children's theater.
* Her biggest role to date has been in a horror film called Berberian Sound Studio.
* In Greece, she appeared on a show called Golden Girls. Sotiropoulou will film her scenes later this month in Istanbul. Skyfall hits theaters on November 9, 2012. [MI6-HQ] More: Bond Flick Blasphemy: 5 Ways to Acceptably Integrate a Heineken into 'Skyfall' 'Bond' Girl Naomie Harris to Play Winnie Mandela in Biopic? First Official Image of Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Skyfall'
Tonia Sotiropoulou has been cast as a new Bond girl in upcoming film Skyfall and the actress will get to grips with Craig during one of the movie's most steamy scenes.
Sotiropoulou will begin filming in Istanbul, Turkey later this month (Mar12) and posted the news of her casting on her Facebook.com page.
She wrote: "Dear friends, I officially announce I got a part in J. (James) Bond new film!!! Turkey here I come! Thank u (you) all for your love and support! This is officially the happiest day of my life b**ches!!!!"
The thespian originally auditioned for the role of Severine in the film, but lost out to French actress Berenice Marlohe.
However, her stunning looks impressed producers so much, they invited Sotiropoulou to play a smaller role in the movie.
She told a Greek newspaper, "I feel very lucky and blessed, but basically, I am very grateful that this happened, for my family and my friends who believe in me."