James Bond is missing and presumed to be dead after a mission in Istanbul, and the identities of every active undercover MI6 agent are leaked onto the internet. M is now being reviewed over her handling of the situation. Bond reappears when the service is under attack. M decides she needs to seek out Raoul Silva (a dangerous villain who claims a personal connection to both of them). Bond soon finds his loyalty to M challenged over secrets from her past whilst he follows her trail from London to South China.
Production of Skyfall was suspended in 2010 due to the financial troubles of MGM. They resumed pre-production following MGM's exit from bankruptcy on 21 December 2010. The film's release will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Bond film series, which began with Dr. No in 1962. It will also be the first Bond film released in IMAX theatres.