The Establishing Shot: We analyse the M Picture, the second official James Bond still from Skyfall - more hints & Sam Mendes talks James Bond

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

skyfallWith only 8 months to go till the sky falls & Skyfall is unleashed onto the big screen. Amidst production popping up all over London - evoking a sense of pride before jetting out to shoot internationally. We were treated to the release of a second official Skyfall picture M and the first video blog from Skyfall Director Sam Mendes.

The picture isn’t all that new as it was revealed by Empire Magazine back in February. But interesting none the less. The on set picture shows legendary Cinematographer Roger Deakins using a Digital Arri Alexa (on a Centre Mount rented from J.L.Fisher obvs.) to shoot over Dame Judi Dench’s shoulder at her laptop screen. Deakins' long time First Assistant Cameraman (since Fargo) Andy Harris pulling focus and checking the picture on a monitor, whilst Sam Mendes directs. I have updated this info as I was initially respecting Mr Harris's privacy as he is not currently listed on the IMDB Skyfall page, but some eagle eyed readers forced my hand.
 Judi Dench as M on the Skyfall set with Sam Mendes, Roger Deakins, Alexander Witt
Judi Dench (center) and Director Sam Mendes (right) on the set of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. ZOOM
On camera we see Dame Judi Dench as M for the first time. She is looking at the 15.5 screen of her Sony VAIO SE 15 Series laptop surrounded by official looking document and a make shift filing system in the corner.

The scene is set in an MI6 Bunker and was shot at the Old Vic Tunnels underneath Waterloo Station. Which begs the question why would M have to be in a secure underground bunker in London, the home of MI6? More from the location can be seen in Sam Mendes 007 Skyfall Video Blog below.

Previously Sam Mendes was an American Associates exchange partner with The Old Vic and has directed a number of plays for the Old Vic Theatre.

This is the same location interior that can be scene in the teaser picture below uploaded by https://www.facebook.com/JamesBond007 and https://twitter.com/#!/007

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Image: Skyfall Scene 53G Clapperboard teaser photo - click to enlarge

Scene: 53G
Location: MI6 Bunker, London
Character: M – Judi Dench
Equipment: Sony VAIO SE 15 Series laptop

For the official 007.com website Sam Mendes spoke for the first time about James Bond, Casino Royale, Daniel Craig and his love of Bond.

Video: The Establishing Shot: Sam Mendes talks Skyfall James Bond 007

SKYFALL opens at cinemas across the UK on 26th October 2012


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. Director: Sam Mendes Writers: Ian Fleming, John Logan, Patrick Marber, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade Stars: Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory and Javier Bardem The Establishing Shot: We analyse the M Picture, the second official James Bond still from Skyfall - more hints & Sam Mendes talks James Bond