Skyfall becomes box office hit of year in record time

James Bond actor Daniel Craig on set Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions

James Bond movie Skyfall has become the biggest box office hit of the year and the highest grossing 007 film yet in the UK.

In less than a fortnight, the 23rd Bond film has taken £57 million at UK cinemas, surpassing the previous record for Casino Royale set in 2006 with £55.6 million.

Berenice Marlohe and Daniel Craig attending the premiere of Skyfall, at the Royal Albert Hall in west London. Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Until now the biggest cinema hit of the year in the UK had been Batman movie The Dark Knight.

Producer Barbara Broccoli said:

We are thrilled and proud to reach this box office landmark in record time and are delighted that UK audiences continue to enjoy Skyfall.

– Barbara Broccoli, producer, skyfall

The film sees Bond on the trail of warped villain Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem, as he wreaks havoc on MI6 in an effort to even a score with M.

It is Daniel Craig's third outing as the Agent 007. Watch ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar's interview with him here.

Skyfall is due for release in US cinemas tomorrow.