Principal photography has begun at Pinewood Studios in the UK on Eon Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM's Bond 22.

Marc Forster directs and Daniel Craig reprises his role as 007 in the film following his acclaimed debut in the global smash Casino Royale, which launched in 2006 and is the most successful film in the James Bond franchise. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and Paul Haggis wrote the screenplay.

Mathieu Amalric, who has earned rave reviews this awards season for his performance in The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, plays the villainous Dominic Greene. Ukranian actress Olga Kurylenko plays 007's leading lady.

Judi Dench returns as spymaster M, Jeffrey Wright plays Felix Leiter and Giancarlo Giannini plays Rene Mathis. Gemma Arterton, one of the stars of St Trinian's and a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow, will play the role of MI6 Agent Fields.

'We are fortunate to continue in the Bond tradition of attracting the finest international actors for our starring roles,' producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said.

'Mathieu in the role of Dominic Greene, a leading member of the villainous organisation introduced in Casino Royale, will be a powerful counterpart to Daniel's portrayal of Bond. Olga Kurylenko will play the dangerously alluring Camille, who challenges Bond and helps him come to terms with the emotional consequences of Vesper's betrayal.'

MGM and Sony will share distribution rights worldwide with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Releasing International handling the global day-and-date launch on November 7.