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You know him from: No Country For Old Men, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Eat Pray Love
Role: Silva — the latest in a long line of Bond villains, but spicier than most. Silva is a sadistic cyberterrorist who has a long grudge with Judi Dench's M and is out to bring her and her agency down. His first mano a mano meeting with 007 is one for the ages, dripping with creepy, campy menace. ''He's a broken person rather than a bigger than life guy who wants to destroy the world,'' says Bardem.
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You know her from: 28 Days Later, Miami Vice, the Pirates of the Caribbean films
Role: Eve — a beautiful MI6 agent who helps Bond track down Silva and even gets some face time of her own with 007 when she gives him a sexy shave with a straight-edge razor. ''I had to train with a professional barber for two weeks,'' says Harris. ''I practiced on balloons. But it's a dummy razor in the film. They're a little protective of James Bond's face. I don't think any insurance company would insure me for that.''
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You know him from: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, I'm Not There
Role: Q — taking over as the latest gadget procurer for 007, Whishaw gives Q (most famously played by Desmond Llewelyn) a nerdy, natty, tech-savvy makeover. He's a brainiac quartermaster for the Internet age.
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You know him from: Schindler's List, The English Patient, The Reader
Role: Gareth Mallory — a by-the-book British government official who oversees Dench's MI6 at the exact moment the top-secret branch has some explaining to do. Says Dench, ''Since Sam Mendes, our director, has worked in the theater, he cast a lot of actors who have been stage actors. Both Ralph and Ben Whishaw have played Hamlet.''
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You know her from: You don't...unless you watch French TV shows
Role: Severine — a classic, easy-on-the-eyes Bond femme fatale, who seems to be aligned with Silva. Of course, when it comes to Bond girls, alliances have a tendency of melting away pretty fast when 007 pours on the charm. Jokes the half-Cambodian/half-French Marlohe of her steamy shower scene with Craig, ''It's very hard to be in a shower with an ugly, not talented, not funny superhero. It's the fantasy of all women. I had a hard time. I tried hard to bear it.''
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You know him from: Murder on the Orient Express, Miller's Crossing, Erin Brockovich
Role: Kincade — a paternal figure from Bond's childhood who pops up toward the end of Skyfall and reveals new layers about the 007 we thought we knew all these years. Asked why an actor as eminent as Finney would want to be in a Bond caper, producer Barbara Broccoli says, ''Daniel Craig is an actor's actor. And great actors want to work with other great actors.''
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You know him from: American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road
Role: Director. Okay, so he isn't on screen, but all of these fresh, famous faces wouldn't be in Skyfall without him. ''Sam literally made lists of if people he wanted for every part,'' says Daniel Craig, ''and the number one person on every list said yes.''