At London press conference...
Alex Winehouse

10:11 3rd November 2011

The title of the latest James Bond film will be announced at a London press conference later today (Nov 3).

Daniel Craig will play the secret agent for a third time, with Sam Mendes directing the film, which is widely expected to be titled Skyfall.

It is also thought that the official cast line up will also be revealed, with Javier Bardem previously stating that he will be playing the villain.

It has been reported that Mendes plans to tone down the action in an effort to win an Oscar for the franchise, but one Bond expert thinks that is highly unlikely.

Professor James Chapman, Director of Film Studies at the University of Leicester, told the BBC: "They are not going to turn Bond into George Smiley. Bond films are genre movies, and with genre movies you can't afford to disappoint the expectations of your audience.

"Tinker Tailor Solder Spy was so successful, precisely because it wasn't Bond. You wouldn't go to watch a John le Carre adaptation expecting lots of car chases."

Shooting is expected to start before the end of the year, with a release date pencilled in for October 26, 2012.

Fifty years of Bond themes...

  • John Barry - Arranged Monty Norman's James Bond Theme, and composed the soundtrack to eleven Bond movies.

  • Matt Munro - Opening Titles: James Bond Is Back/From Russia with Love/James Bond Theme. From Russia With Love, 1963.

  • Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger. Goldfinger, 1964. Diamonds Are Forever. Diamonds Are Forever, 1971. Moonraker. Moonraker, 1979.

  • Tom Jones - Thunderball. Thunderball, 1965.

  • Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice. You Only Live Twice, 1967.

  • Louis Armstrong - We Have All the Time in the World. On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1968.

  • Paul McCartney and Wings - Live and Let Die. Live and Let Die, 1973.

  • Lulu - The Man With the Golden Gun. The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974.

  • Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better. The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.

  • Sheen Easton - For Your Eyes Only. For Your Eye Only, 1981.

  • Rita Coolidge - All Time High. Octopussy, 1983.

  • Duran Duran - A View to a Kill. A View to a Kill, 1985.

  • a-ha - The Living Daylights. The Living Daylights, 1987.

  • Gladys Knight - Licence to Kill. Licence To Kill, 1989.

  • Tina Turner - GoldenEye. GoldenEye, 1995.

  • Sheryl Crow - Tomorrow Never Dies. Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997.

  • Garbage - The World Is Not Enough. The World Is Not Enough, 1999.

  • Madonna - Die Another Day. Die Another Day, 2002.

  • Chris Cornell - You Know My Name. Casino Royale, 2006.

  • Jack White and Alicia Keys - Another Way to Die. Quantum of Solace, 2008.

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