5 Reasons Why I Can't Wait For Skyfall, The New James Bond Movie

2. Skyfall Will Bring Us Beautiful New Bond Girls.

One of the most memorable features of the 007 movies are the Bond Girls. From Ursula Andress and Honor Blackman to Gemma Arterton and Eva Green, the Bond Girls have been an integral part of the series for five decades. In Skyfall, two lovely stars will become new additions to the tradition.

British actress Naomie Harris (pictured, right) plays a field agent named Eve. We don't know much else about the character, other than that she is apparently teaming with Bond on this mission. Harris told an interviewer that she was glad to be a different sort of Bond Girl:

What drew me to this was the opportunity to play a new kind of Bond Girl.... Those Bond Girls in the sixties and seventies might have been good back then, but they wouldn't be seen as very PC now.

French model and television actress Bérénice Marlohe (pictured, left) portrays Severine in what will be her first English-language part. Marlohe refers to Severine as "glamorous and enigmatic." Marlohe is quite enigmatic herself, as journalists have had a difficult time finding information about her. If their characters are sufficiently developed, I think Harris and Marlohe will be welcome additions to the family of Bond Girls.

1. We’ll See The Return Of Q (And Maybe Moneypenny)!

Two of the most familiar regular characters in the Bond franchise have been MIA from MI6 for a decade. The last appearances of gadget expert Q and secretary Miss Moneypenny were in 2002's Die Another Day. Both characters were conspicuously absent in the first two Daniel Craig films, which is understandable given the movies' grittier tone and origin-story plots. The BBC has confirmed that Q will appear in Skyfall, and rumors are swirling that Moneypenny will appear as well.

The late Desmond Llewelyn originated and defined the role of Q in 18 films, starting in From Russia With Love, in which he went by the name Boothroyd, through The World Is Not Enough. John Cleese played Q in Die Another Day. The producers of Skyfall have cast Ben Whishaw (pictured), who most recently appeared as journalist Freddie Lyon in BBC America's The Hour. I can't think of any other actor who could play Q like I imagine Whishaw will.

Lois Maxwell played Moneypenny in 14 Bond movies before Samantha Bond took over in 1995 for four films. 007 has done without his wisecracking, loyal assistant since then. The initial rumors were that Harris or Helen McCrory would play Moneypenny until the producers confirmed their roles. The Moneypenny rumors are still out there, but as of this writing there is no solid information on who -- if anyone -- will play her.

Reintroducing Q and possibly Moneypenny will inject a little levity into the Daniel Craig Bond films. After the gritter tone of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, a little humor is welcome.

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So there you have it. As the release date for Skyfall approaches, and as we celebrate the golden anniversary of the James Bond film franchise, I hope to share more about what makes the series so much fun to watch. Stay tuned.

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Chris Queen hails from Covington, GA. Check out his website, ChrisQueen.net, and follow him on Twitter.