Bond 23 will be called 'Skyfall,' star Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris

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As anticipated, Sony’s Bond 23 — the long-awaited follow-up to 2008′s Quantum of Solace — will be titled Skyfall, according to producers for the film who held a press conference this morning. Producers also confirmed that Javier Bardem would be playing the villain in the Daniel Craig-led film (even though Bardem himself already confirmed the news himself to Nightline).

The press conference also addressed other rumored cast members: Naomie Harris will indeed star in the film, playing Eve, a field agent. Berenice Marlohe will also appear in Skyfall, while Judi Dench will return to play M. Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney will also be in the film. Though these casting announcements were hardly unexpected, director Sam Mendes still amped up excitement for Skyfall, which begins filming today in London. “There’s lots of surprises,” he said. “[Skyfall] is its own story. It doesn’t connect with the last two movies.”

At least we can look forward to a picturesque Skyfall: Mendes told reporters Skyfall will shoot in Scotland, Istanbul, and Shanghai.

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