Typically, a Bond film involves two principal female characters, and though Bond more often than not beds both, one is usually on his side whilst the other is usually affiliated with the bad guys. Though director Sam Mendes and others involved in the film have suggested that Skyfall will deviate from the franchise formula a bit, it looks like the Bond Girls might just fit the established pattern.
First up, there's 28 Days Later veteran Naomie Harris, who plays MI-6 field agent Eve. Her video blog, which premiered at MSN UK, shows Harris doing some serious weapons training and discussing Eve's relationship with Bond, who she views as an equal.
Then there's Berenice Marlohe who is playing the mysterious Severine. This video, which is courtesy of 007.com doesn't contain any weapons training, but does have the French actress at a Skyfall press conference, being photographed a lot, and filming a scene on location in London. She hints at the character's "dark side," suggesting she might not be on the up and up.
Mendes, who won an Oscar for his feature debut American Beauty, is a fascinating choice to direct this installment, which won't be directly connected to Craig's past two outings, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Mendes has brought along some of his frequent collaborators, including world class cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Thomas Newman.
Craig is back in what might just be his final turn as Britain's finest secret agent, and he's joined once again by Judi Dench as M. With Harris and Marlohe as his female accompaniment, the rest of the cast includes Javier Bardem as the villain, Ben Whishaw as the new Q, and Ralph Fiennes, Helen McCrory, and Albert Finney in unspecified roles.
Skyfall arrives in American theaters on November 9th.