The Skyfall Cast: Reimagining a Bond Epic

The Cast of Skyfall

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva

Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva

Jusi Dench as M in Skyfall

Judi Dench as M

Ralph Fiennes  as M

Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory

Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny

Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny

Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine

Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine

Ben Whishaw as Q

Ben Whishaw as Q

Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner

Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner

Albert Finney as Kincade

Albert Finney as Kincade

Ola Rapace as Patrice

Ola Rapace as Patrice

Helen McCrory as Clair Dowar MP

Helen McCrory as Clair Dowar MP

Nicholas Woodeson as Doctor Hall

Nicholas Woodeson as Doctor Hall

Cast in the Spotlight: The Magic Makers of Skyfall

The Skyfall cast delivered not just any Bond film, but a magnum opus, a cinematic toast to 50 golden years of espionage glamour. Revealed with much fanfare at London‘s opulent Corinthia Hotel in late 2011, its cast was nothing short of a constellation.

At its heart? Daniel Craig, slipping into the suave shoes of 007 for the third time, juxtaposed beautifully by Dame Judi Dench, delivering a final masterclass as MI6’s stalwart, M. Their rapport? It’s the backbone of the film, marinated in loyalty and punctuated by M’s steely resolve.

Oh, the nostalgic grace notes are plentiful: Craig’s wry threat to M from the driver’s seat of that beloved Aston Martin DB5 felt like a nod to an era long past. And that climax? A cinematic adieu to Dench, laced with gravity and poignance.


Craig’s rendition of Bond is an exploration into the intricate depths of the character. Every expression, every nuanced look paints a picture of a Bond wrestling with his history, finding fleeting moments of comfort in the present, and facing an uncertain future.

Dench, with her commanding aura, stands tall as the steadfast M. She emerges as the linchpin in Bond’s tumultuous world, offering both a maternal touch and a stern hand of leadership. Their on-screen chemistry is palpable, a mesmerizing blend of mutual respect and underlying tension.

This unique bond transcends the boundaries of a typical professional relationship, offering viewers a deeper understanding of these legendary characters. It’s just a pity we will see no more of their union.

Enter Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva: the chilling spectre of vengeance, a cyber-phantom with a vendetta. Bardem, with his silver mane and meticulous grasp of the character, has indelibly etched himself into Bond villain folklore.

Bardem’s Silva is a manifestation of Bond’s darkest fears and a grim reflection of what he could become. There’s an unsettling yet magnetic pull to Silva, a charisma underscored by a deep-seated pain, but if it wasn’t for MGM almost going out of business Silva and Bond’s story would have taken a different turn.

But thankfully, we got Raoul Silva, a key linchpin behind Skyfall‘s resounding success. It’s in the gaze, the deliberate cadence of his voice, the tragic backstory that intertwines him with M’s past. With each scene, Bardem unravelled layers, and gave audiences a villain not just to fear but to understand.

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Bérénice Marlohe channelled shades of GoldenEye‘s femme fatale, Xenia Onatopp, in her portrayal of Séverine – a character teetering between allure and mystery.

While Ralph Fiennes’ Gareth Mallory, a nod perhaps to Bond’s that-was-then-but-this-is-now, exudes authority with every gesture. Fiennes, once considered as Bond himself, effortlessly transitions from intelligence chairman to the new M.

Naomie Harris, embodying a fierce Eve Moneypenny, presents the timeless secretary in a raw, unexplored light, marking a compelling departure before embracing her iconic deskbound fate.

Ben Whishaw, as Q, feels like Bond’s millennial answer to tech-wizardry – revitalised, refreshed, redefined. Meanwhile, Rory Kinnear and Ola Rapace, as Bill Tanner and Patrice respectively, lace the narrative with captivating moments of tension.

Albert Finney’s Kincade brims with charm, in a role once teased for Sean Connery – a fitting 50th-anniversary salute that never materialised. And the ever-graceful Helen McCrory? She encapsulates the essence of Clair Dowar MP with the ease and aplomb only she can.

Yet, this canvas of excellence owes its grandeur to director Sam Mendes. With a discerning eye, he delved into the depths of Bond’s and M’s psyche, earning over $1.1 billion and a glittering smattering of accolades, including twin Oscars.

The Skyfall cast, diverse and dazzling, reaffirmed an age-old cinematic truth – Bond, after half a century, is still the master of the game, leaving audiences bewitched, thrilled, and ever-waiting for more.

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The full Skyfall Cast

  • Daniel Craig – James Bond
  • Javier Bardem – Raoul Silva
  • Judi Dench – M
  • Bérénice Marlohe – Sévérine
  • Naomie Harris – Eve Moneypenny
  • Ben Whishaw – Q
  • Ralph Fiennes – Gareth Mallory
  • Ola Rapace – Patrice
  • Albert Finney – Kincade
  • Helen McCrory – Clair Dowar MP
  • Rory Kinnear – Bill Tanner
  • Tonia Sotiropoulou – Bond’s Lover
  • Nicholas Woodeson – Doctor Hall
  • Bill Buckhurst – Ronson
  • Tank Dong – Severine’s Bodyguard
  • Dominique Anne Jones – M’s Inquiry Assistant
  • Elia Lo Tauro – Boat Crew
  • Elize du Toit – Vanessa
  • Jens Hultén – Silva’s Henchman
  • Daniel Adegboyega – Silva’s Mercenary
  • Paul Venables – Inquiry Member
  • Christopher Sciueref – Silva’s Mercenary #5
  • Jo Cameron Brown – Wife at Tube Station
  • Yennis Cheung – Floating Dragon Cashier
  • Burt Caesar – Inquiry Member
  • Peter Basham – Vauxhall Bridge Police Guard
  • Michael Pink – Silva’s Henchman
  • Tom Wu – Silva’s Mercenary
  • Roger Yuan – Severine’s Bodyguard
  • Amir Boutrous – Boat Crew
  • Liang Yang – Severine’s Bodyguard
  • Anthony O’Donnell – Husband at Tube Station
  • Milorad Kapor – Boat Captain
  • Selva Rasalingam – Silva’s Mercenary
  • Enoch Frost – Silva’s Mercenary
  • Ian Bonar – MI6 Technician
  • John Hodgkinson – Silva’s Isolation Guard
  • Wayne Anthony Gordon – Silva’s Mercenary
  • Khan Bonfils – Boat Crew
  • David Gillies – MI6 Assessor
  • Crispin Letts – Inquiry Member
  • Ben Loyd-Holmes – Vauxhall Bridge Police Guard
  • Jake Fairbrother – Silva’s Mercenary
  • Hannah Stokely – Tube Driver
  • Kammy Darweish – Inquiry Member
  • Ross Waiton – Whitehall Police Guard
  • Chooye Bay – Floating Dragon Floor Manager

More Info

Who directed Skyfall?

Skyfall was directed by Sam Mendes.

Who produced Skyfall?

Skyfall was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Who wrote the screenplay for Skyfall?

The screenplay for Skyfall was written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan.

Who was responsible for the cinematography in Skyfall?

The cinematography for Skyfall was handled by Roger Deakins.

Who composed the music for Skyfall?

The music for Skyfall was composed by Thomas Newman.

Who sang the Skyfall theme song?

The Skyfall theme song was sung by Adele.

What were the release dates for Skyfall?

Skyfall premiered in London on 23 October 2012, released in the UK on 26 October 2012, and in the USA on 9 November 2012.

What was the budget for Skyfall?

The budget for Skyfall ranged between $150–200 million.

How much did Skyfall earn at the box office?

Skyfall grossed $1.109 billion at the box office. A record for a Bond film at the time.