James Bond's Skyfall sets £100m record in Britain, joins Oscar run

By Hindustan Times

The latest James Bond film Skyfall has become the first movie ever to take £100 million at the British box office, it was announced Monday. The 23rd official Bond film surpassed the landmark, equivalent of $162 million (123 million euros), after becoming the highest grossing film ever in Britain earlier this month when it overtook the £94 million generated by Avatar.

Skyfall achieved the figure in just 40 days, while Avatar (2009) took 11 months to amass its total.

Globally, the new Bond film has taken more than $1 billion.

It is a mark of the franchise's continuing appeal as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Daniel Craig's third appearance as British secret agent Bond is still on general release more than two months after it first hit British cinemas.

The movie sees Bond battling with villain Raoul Silva (played by Javier Bardem), who aims to take revenge on his former boss M (Judi Dench).

Bond blockbuster Skyfall joined already Oscar-tipped films like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and Iran spy drama Argo on the Producers Guild of America best film shortlist, it was announced on Wednesday.

Skyfall joins Oscar runners in US producers' nods
Osama bin Laden manhunt movie Zero Dark Thirty and Quentin Tarantino's brutal western Django Unchained were also among 10 films nominated by the PGA, whose choices have a history of pointing towards Oscar glory.

Skyfall by director Sam Mendes is the first 007 movie to make it onto the PGA shortlist, putting it alongside a bevy of films that have already gained Oscars buzz as Hollywood's annual awards season hots up.

Others nominated for the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award include musical adaptation Les Miserables by Tom Hooper and Life of Pi by Taiwanese-American Ang Lee, both also already Oscar tipped.

SkyfallThe PGA shortlist also includes Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, Happiness Therapy by David O. Russell and Beasts of the Southern Wild, all less talked about so far in Tinseltown this season.

The PGA awards are closely watched because the winner of its top prize -- to be announced on January 26 this year -- has gone on to the win the Best Picture Oscar 16 times in the last 23 years, the Hollywood Reporter noted.

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