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The newest offering in the James Bond Film Franchise hits theaters in the U.S. Thursday night after opening elsewhere around the world about two weeks ago.

"Skyfall" is number 23 in the "007" series which celebrated its 50th Anniversary last month.

Super Spy James Bond is bravery personified, but the man who plays him summoned his own courage to recruit Oscar Winning Director Sam Mendes for "Skyfall".

Actor Daniel Craig said, "I was at a party and he was there, and I had one too many drinks. And I just thought it seemed like a great idea."

With Mendes on board, Craig set his sights on another Oscar winner Javier Bardem to play the villain.  "He said would you ever be interested in doing a James Bond Film with Sam Mendes? I said well, that sounds pretty cool, yeah!" said Bardem.

Bardem adds, "We tried to bring something classic to it. A humble homage to what the classic Bond villains have been like in the last 50 years."

"Skyfall" is Craig's third film as "007" and it's on track to be the most profitable film in the series.

Almost 300 million worldwide even before opening in the U.S.

Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent of Fandango said, "He brought a real grittiness to it, a reality to it. A cool factor that I think was missing from the James Bond franchise in the 80's and 90's."

Craig adds, "bringing the Bondness back into it was important."

-Mark Barger, NBC News.

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