James Bond is seen as the epitome of sophisticated yet understated style - tailored suits and tuxedos or less formal polo shirts. In Skyfall he returns to answer some haunting questions.
The next James Bond movie, 'Skyfall,' promises the usual action, exotic locations, scheming villains and beautiful women. For fans of the original novels by Ian Fleming, there's more: a journey into the troubled psyche of the iconic spy.
After all, the director of the 23rd film in the franchise, which spans half a century, is Sam Mendes, whose cinematic studies of personalities in emotional turmoil and even meltdown include 'American Beauty' and 'Revolutionary Road'.
Fleming created a secret agent who was sometimes frustrated and ambivalent about his job.
Many Bond movies sidestepped the inner demons, showcasing instead a debonair 007 whose exploits were enhanced with gaudy gadgets and special effects.
'Skyfall' is due for release on October 26 in Britain and in other locations shortly after that.
In Fleming's last novels, Mendes said, Bond suffered from a "combination of lassitude, boredom, depression, difficulty with what he's chosen to do for a living, which is to kill. That makes him a much more interesting character, and some of those things are explored in this movie, because Daniel as an actor is capable of exploring them."
In the past Bond films actresses like Halle Berry, Eva Green, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton have brought more edge to the character.
Craig reread Bond novels as part of his preparation for 'Skyfall,' and a delay in film production, caused when studio MGM filed for bankruptcy in 2010, allowed him more time to discuss the character with Mendes.
Craig's last movie was 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' the thriller adapted from the novel by Stieg Larsson.
'Skyfall' includes scenes in London, Scotland, Turkey and China. In Istanbul, the crew filmed scenes with motorcycles at the Grand Bazaar, a covered market that dates to the early Ottoman period.
The 1963 Bond movie, 'From Russia With Love,' included scenes in Istanbul. It starred Sean Connery.
Judi Dench returns as spy chief M and the film introduces English actress Naomie Harris as a field agent named Eve and Berenice Marlohe of France as a character named Severine.
Producers are enigmatic about the plot, though they have said the relationship between Bond and M is tested and MI6, the spy agency, comes under attack.
Actor Daniel Craig is said to be working out hard to beef up for his sex scene in the next 007 film 'Skyfall'.
The forthcoming 23rd installment of the franchise - Javier Bardem among others - was expected to be shot in locations across the globe including Bali and China, but because of budget cuts Turkey was the only other country the movie went to.
Craig and Judi Dench are returning as Bond and M while Oscar-winner Javier Bardem plays the main antagonist.