The last time Daniel Craig drank his shaken martinis onscreen it left a sour taste in the mouth of James Bond fans. That's because 'Quantum of Solace' was more akin to the franchise's dark days -- think: 'The World Is Not Enough' -- than Craig's first outing as 007 in 'Casino Royale.' As such, the next Bond film, 'Skyfall,' comes with a simple promise: be better than the last one.

Other than that, precious little is known about 'Skyfall,' beyond its inventory: there's a high-gloss new director (Oscar winner Sam Mendes) who was procured by Daniel Craig, a vague storyline potentially about the inner-workings of MI6 and a cast that includes Javier Bardem, Albert Finney and Ralph Fiennes. Bardem is reportedly set as the heavy, but -- perhaps because of his nose-less years spent as You Know Who -- it didn't seem far-fetched to assume Fiennes would be a bad guy as well. Well, chalk this up to decidedly not predictable writing.

Spoilers and grains of salt, of course, but: according to Movieweb, Fiennes is not the bad guy. In fact, he is training to replace M, the tough-love mommy of MI6 played by the incomparable Dame Judi Dench since 1995's 'Golden Eye.'

Cue: ominous thunderclap! What does this mean for Dame Judi? Speculate wildly below -- but don't rush. 'Skyfall' doesn't hit theaters until Nov. 9 -- 296 days from now.

[via MovieWeb]

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