He's back (in his Speedos)! First picture of new James Bond movie Skyfall shows Daniel Craig at swimming pool


By Mike Larkin

He's back: And Daniel Craig is as muscular as ever for his return as James Bond in this picture from Skyfall

Daniel Craig won a legion of fans when he was pictured emerging from the ocean in a pair of Speedos.

And it seems the producers of the new James Bond film Skyfall have decided to take the same approach to promotion, as the first still shows the hunk posing in the almost identical trunks next to a swimming pool.

The picture was taken during filming at the fancy Four Seasons Hotel in London, but while it is the first photograph to come from movie many fans of the series are eager to see something a bit more action packed.

Nevertheless it shows that Daniel has managed to get back into the amazing shape that was the hallmark of the rugged, physical Bond he has portrayed since 2006's Casino Royale.

His back and arms are literally rippling with muscles as he takes a well-earned rest poolside.

Daniel's condition is even more impressive when the fact he is now 43-years-old, relatively old for an action movie star.

His first appearance in a pair of Speedos was crucial to him winning over dubious fans, who had tagged him James Bland when he was first announced in 2005.

After claims he was afraid of water, hated guns, and could not even drive a manual car, photos of him prancing around the beach in his trunks helped almost literally turn the tide of negative reaction.

Pass the smelling salts: Women around the world rejoiced Daniel had been chosen as Bond when this 2006 photo emerged

Double oooh seven: Daniel cast off the 'James Bland' tag when pictures were leaked of him in his swimming gear for Casino Royale

Whether leaking a picture of the MI6 agent in a water based environment offers a foreshadowing of what lies store in the $200m 23rd film in the franchise certainly offers fans food for though

It certainly invites the exciting prospect that Skyfall could feature the sort of underwater action that featured in series classics Thunderball and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Very little is known about what is going to happen in the latest film.

The current mysterious synopsis says James Bond's loyalty to M is challenged over secrets from her past.

And when MI6 is attacked, it falls to Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself.

This storyline could mean it will be the last Bond to feature Dame Judi Dench as the spy's boss.

She has filled the role of M since Goldeneye in 1995, which was Pierce Brosnan's first appearance in the role.

She is the first to woman to fill the role, with the previous intelligence chiefs all being male.

However at the age of 77 it may be stretching the bounds of credibility for her to continue in the role instead of a younger performer.

Skyfall is currently slated for release of November 9 this year.

One way to promote a movie: Whether the male fans will be excited as the ladies is another matter