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Box office update: 'Skyfall' blazes past $100 million internationally

Skyfall, the 23rd picture in the James Bond series, is already proving to be a smashing success. Following its $83 million opening weekend (adjusted way up from its $77.7 million estimate) in 25 international territories, the film has now officially crossed $100 million, a rep for Sony confirms to EW.

Skyfall reached the milestone on Wednesday thanks mostly to hefty grosses in the U.K., France, Russia, and Korea. On Monday, Skyfall grossed $6.8 million in the U.K. alone, utterly destroying the record for best-ever Monday box office, which was formerly held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and its $5.2 million Monday in 2011.

The $150 million blockbuster will get its U.S. release on Nov. 9. It is currently expected to earn about $90 million in its opening weekend, but thanks to terrific pre-release buzz, it seems likely that that number may creep even higher. One thing is certain — its poised to play very well through the important Thanksgiving frame. I’m expecting a finish well above $200 million.

Skyfall is currently performing far ahead of Quantum of Solace in almost every market it is playing in, and considering that film earned $586.1 million worldwide, Skyfall is looking like it will be an even more lucrative venture.

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Skyfall co-writer John Logan will pen the next James Bond adventure — and the next. According to Deadline, Logan sold the Bond producers on a story that would play out over two films — a first for the Bond franchise.

Logan shares credit on Skyfall with regular Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and has been nominated for three Academy Awards, most recently for Hugo.

Skyfall, the 23rd edition in the franchise, opens today in the U.K. and several overseas territories, and the early buzz is good. Daniel Craig is committed to play 007 for at least two more films, so Logan’s double-feature could serve as the actor’s swan song.

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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New ‘Skyfall’ trailer glows with Adele’s theme — VIDEO

Is Javier Bardem playing the first gay Bond villain in 'Skyfall'? Bardem and director Sam Mendes weigh in

Bond villains have always flirted with homoeroticism. You could say it’s as much a part of of the franchise’s 50-year-old formula as all of the girls, gadgets, and glamor. Whether it’s Goldfinger aiming his laser at 007′s royal jewels, the coy cat-in-his-lap quips of Blofeld, or even Lotte Lenya’s butch villainess Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love, the Bond films have subtly toyed with a sexual subtext. But in the latest Bond installment, Skyfall, Javier Bardem pushes the gay envelope farther than it’s ever been pushed before.

The Spanish actor dons a blonde wig as the latest 007 nemesis, Silva — a cyberterrorist who has a complicated history with Bond’s boss at MI6, M (Judi Dench). And his first encounter with Daniel Craig’s license-to-kill agent is sure to get fans squirming in their seats. Which, according to Bardem, was exactly the point.

Asked if his character has an interest in Bond beyond just world domination, Bardem admits, “You could read it that way. That option was there in the script. The word that [director Sam Mendes] kept using was ‘uncomfortableness’. Beyond the sexuality, he wanted it to feel like you don’t know if Silva’s joking or not.”

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New 'Skyfall' trailer glows with Adele's theme -- VIDEO

The verdict is in: Adele’s James Bond theme is a hit.

When it premiered last week, my colleague Adam B. Vary declared “it does not disappoint,” and it seems people agree. It’s currently the #1 song on iTunes — not only in the United States but in many places all over the world.

It’s no wonder, then, that it is featured in the newest Skyfall trailer. The clip is silent save for Adele’s soulful voice as we once again see Daniel Craig’s Bond getting shot from atop a train. We’re also treated to quick actions shots of explosions, chases, a steamy shower scene and more 007 fun. Many of the quick cuts are recycled from the previous trailer, but Adele’s song certainly gives them a new feeling.

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'Skyfall' action clip: James Bond catches his train in style

The most Bond-ian moment in the trailer for Skyfall was the scene where Daniel Craig’s 007 leaps onto a moving train after its roof has been ripped off, lands squarely on his two feet while passengers gawk… and then calmly adjusts his cufflinks before resuming his chase of some baddie. Oh, James, nobody does it better.

Today, to celebrate James Bond Day on the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Dr. No, fans can glimpse at a little bit more of that action sequence leading up to that train jump. The villain he’s chasing is on the roof of the passenger car. Bond steamrolls some VW Bugs and digs the CAT’s shovel into the train’s roof, giving him an opening. And Naomie Harris drives alongside, looking concerned. Of course, if the trailer is to be believed, she’ll soon play a crucial role in Bond getting off the train — the hard way.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Skyfall' will be released one day earlier on IMAX

Exciting news for who wishes that Daniel Craig’s face were ten stories tall: According to an announcement made on the official James Bond Twitter account, the upcoming Skyfall will be released one day early on IMAX screens. The film will now debut on the big big screen on Thursday, Nov. 8th, opening in regular-sized big screens on Nov. 9th. IMAX did not immediately respond to EW’s calls for confirmation, but why would the official James Bond Twitter account lie to us?

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Dueling 'Skyfall' posters: Which side of the Atlantic gets Bond right?

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It is unfair to stereotype the British people as a staid, uptight bunch. But their new poster for James Bond’s next film adventure, Skyfall, seemingly plays into that impression. Last week, Sony released their one-sheet for American audiences, and the image was one of action: Daniel Craig, dressed in an un-tied tuxedo, sliding on his back while taking aim with his pistol. The shot itself conjured up the Bond music in an instant.

Bond is much more formal in the new poster for the Brits. He’s buttoned up. He cradles his gun like it’s nothing more than a drink, and Daniel Craig looks at the camera with a trace of mistrust. It’s classic Bond, a Bond you can set your watch to. In the background, London’s skyline and the Union Jack establish that 007 is protecting home.

Lest you think I’m dissing the Brits and their Skyfall poster, I can easily reverse course and say that Americans required an action image because they don’t truly appreciate the essence of Bond. (See, I can insult both sides of the Atlantic!)

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'Skyfall' video blog looks at opening sequence shoot

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When Skyfall director Sam Mendes recently took a break from editing the 23rd official Bond movie to chat with EW the filmmaker admitted to being a tad tired. Or, as he put it himself, “I’m f—-ked.”

Watching the new Skyfall video blog, which tracks the filming of the film’s car-chase-and-shoot-’em-up opening sequence in Turkey, it is easy to see why the helming a 007 adventure might tucker a man out.

Bond fans will find out if Mendes’ efforts were worthwhile when the film — which stars Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney, and, of course, Daniel Craig, amongst others — opens here on November 9. Meanwhile, you can check out both the video blog and the Skyfall trailer below.

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James Bond Day coming on October 5, with new Bond documentary and global events

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October 5 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first big screen incarnation of the James Bond franchise. To celebrate, EON Productions, MGM, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Twenty Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced a series of events around the world, including an online auction organized by Christie’s in London, a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in new York, and an exhibition at the Toronto Film Festival. A press release also announces that all the Bond films will be released in a Blu-ray collection, although completists will need to purchase the off-brand Bond films Never Say Never Again and 1967′s Casino Royale from a back-alley Blu-ray dealer. READ FULL STORY

'Skyfall' video blog: Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes talk London

The London love just keeps rolling in.

Fresh off a two-week stint showing a record TV audience all that it had to offer while playing host to the Olympics, “The Big Smoke” (No, I did not know that was a nickname for London as of five minutes ago) turns its attention to yet another major spectacle: the upcoming release of the newest Bond film, Skyfall.

The Skyfall camp has been tight lipped as far as plot details for much of the production period, with one of the only certainties in the cloud of mystery being that London will be welcoming home its favorite secret-agent son for the 23rd installment of the franchise.

Check out a behind-the-scenes clip below to watch director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig — both native sons themselves — talking rather candidly about some of the challenges that shooting in London presented, as well as their general excitement in bringing Bond back to his roots.

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