Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Skyfall." (Columbia Pictures )
What looked on the schedule like an open evening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre during AFI Fest will be taken over tonight by suave super-spy James Bond with a "secret screening" of the new "Skyfall."
The film, directed by Sam Mendes, Academy Award winner for “American Beauty,” and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, is the third in the series to feature actor Daniel Craig in the iconic role.
The film opens in the U.S. on Friday but has already gotten off to an astonishing start in its international release, ringing in nearly $300 million and putting it well on its way to being the No. 1 all-time box office leader for the venerable film franchise. As part of the run-up to the release of “Skyfall,” the Bond series has been celebrating its 50th anniversary, with the very first Bond film, “Dr. No,” having come out in 1962.
Secret screenings at the festival in the last few years have included short-notice early looks at David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” which went on to be a best picture Oscar nominee, and Steven Soderbergh’s mixed-martial-arts espionage drama “Haywire.”
The AFI Fest wraps up Thursday with the official world premiere of Steven Spielberg's “Lincoln” following a series of preview screenings around the country, including a high-profile secret screening of its own at the New York Film Festival.
Tonight's screening begins at 9:15. Tickets are now available at the AFI Fest box office at the Hollywood & Highland complex.
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