Skyfall has taken more in its opening weekend at the British box office than any previous James Bond film, say producers.
Starring Daniel Craig as 007 for a third time, Skyfall has made £20.1 million ($32.2 million, 25.0 million euros) in Britain and Ireland since opening in both countries on Friday, according to a statement on its website.
"We are absolutely overwhelmed with the reaction to Skyfall this weekend," said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
"It is particularly thrilling as the UK is home to James Bond and it being the 50th anniversary year."
Critics have declared the 23rd Bond film, starring Spanish actor Javier Bardem as Bond's latest nemesis, to be one of the finest in the suave British spy's 50 years on the screen.
Directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, it opens with a spectacular chase scene in an Istanbul market but returns to home ground with a terror attack in London.
The Bond franchise is one of the most successful in history, with the 22 other films released so far taking more than $5 billion (3.85 billion euros).
Bond was first transported from Ian Fleming's novels to the silver screen in 1962 with Dr No, starring Sean Connery.
LATEST ON JAMES BOND & SKYFALL
24th, 25th James Bond films already in the making
With Daniel Craig starrer Skyfall set to hit the theatres soon, the makers have already started work on the 24th and 25th James Bond films. Writer John Logan is onboard to write the screenplays for both the films, which may get shot back to back, the Variety reported. MGM had no comment about Logan's attachment but the writer is said to be a part of the project. FULL STORY
I’ll be too old to play James Bond at 44 and three quarters: Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig, who has been getting rave reviews for his portrayal of James Bond in new movie Skyfall, jokingly said that he will be too old for the role when he turns 44 and three quarters.Craig has signed a deal to appear in two more 007 films, and may even do more. "I will keep going as long as I can. I am contracted for two more and that seems like a fair few," the Sun quoted him as saying."But I am not going to outstay my welcome. Someone else will have to have the chance to have a crack at this," he added.
James Bond: Critics declare Skyfall as one of the spy's finest
Daniel Craig thrilled James Bond fans in London on Tuesday when he stepped onto the red carpet with co-stars Judi Dench and Javier Bardem for the world premiere of the 23rd Bond film Skyfall.
Craig, making his third outing as Bond, said it had been a "real honour" to play the role in the franchise's 50th anniversary year, as he swept past a giant 007 logo and the secret agent's favourite Aston Martin. CRITICS VERDICT
Daniel Craig wouldn’t go nude for Skyfall sex scene, reveals Berenice Marlohe
Bond girl Berenice Marlohe has revealed that her co-star Daniel Craig insisted on keeping his pants on when they filmed their shower scene for the movie Skyfall. The 33-year-old beauty asserted that it was only after she begged him to take them off that Daniel obliged. BOND AND BABE
I never dreamt I’d be in Bond movie: Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem has revealed that he had watched Sean Connery play 007 as a kid – but he never thought he’d be in Bond movie too. The rugged Spanish actor plays vengeful villain Raoul Silva in the 23rd official Bond movie, Skyfall, which is out on Friday. "I’m a huge fan of the James Bond saga, so I was always very open to the idea. When I was little I watched Mr Connery doing James Bond with my father," the Sun quoted Javier as saying. BOND VILLAIN
Skyfall tipped to be 'most successful' James Bond film
The latest 007 instalment Skyfall is set to be the most successful James Bond movie in the 50-year history of the franchise and is predicted to rake in more than 1 billion dollars at the box office.
It has been met with universal praise following its preview and is expected to storm to the top of the box office.
Bond girl Berenice Marlohe bares all for steamy sex scene in Skyfall
Berenice Marlohe, who plays seductress Severine in the latest 007 film Skyfall, strips totally nude for a steamy sex scene with a hunky co-star, it has been revealed. The 33-year-old French actress bares her boobs in the X-rated romp, the Sun reported.
Wearing a short bright red wig and heavy mascara, Marlohe is shown kissing her co-star before they have sex in front of a mirror.
SPY 'N' SEDUCTRESS: Bond turns 50
This publicity photo shows Sean Connery, left, as James Bond in a scene from the 1963 film, From Russia With Love. Take a look at more such iconic 'Bond' moments as the legendary spy turns 50.
Roger Moore kissed more girls than any James Bond
As the famous film franchise James Bond turns 50, it has been revealed that Roger Moore holds the record for the highest number of kisses with 20 onscreen clinches.
The 84-year-old actor is closely followed by Sean Connery with 18 and Pierce Brosnan with 12, the Daily Mail reported.
Javier Bardem one of the best Bond villains ever
Spanish actor Javier Bardem is seen in an all-new blonde avatar as he plays villian Raoul Silva in the film.
Javier Bardem is being hailed by the British media for his performance in Skyfall, the latest installment in the James Bond series, with critics saying the character played by the Spanish actor may be one of the best villains to ever take on 007. Bardem plays Raoul Silva, a dandyish cyberterrorist, in the film directed by Sam Mendes, taking on Daniel Craig's Bond.
SPIES 'N' SENSUALITY: Hot Bond babes
Whether ally or enemy, Bond girls undoubtedly ooze glamour and sophistication, so in honour of the James Bond franchise's 50th anniversary here is a reminder of some of the film's biggest beauty icons - from Ursula Andress and Halle Berry to Gemma Arterton and Berenice Marlohe.
WATCH: Adele's James Bond theme song
In 2012, Adele was listed at number five on VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music, and American magazine Time named Adele one of the most influential people in the world.
Adele's Skyfall theme song is finally out there for all. The track is called Skyfall itself and fits perfectly to the theme of the film. Skyfall has a brassy and soulful tune alongside the work of Shirley Bassey in the oeuvre of James Bond title tracks, reports Huffington Post.This is Adele's first song after her hit album 21. The lyrics goes like this: WATCH SONG
Follow us at @htShowbiz
(With additional inputs)