A look at one week of 007 on Facebook and Twitter

Eon Productions and its Skyfall partners embraced social media for Skyfall. So we thought we’d take a look at what the official 007 Facebook and Twitter accounts were doing. Nothing special involved, we just decided to use this past week (Jan. 29-Feb. 4).


Jan. 29: Post stating that voting was ending concerning the best James Bond movie posters ever.

Jan. 30: Post about the first anniversary of the death of composer John Barry, urgest readers to check official 007.com Web site “about how a scholarship is continuing his amazing work.”

Jan. 31: Post saying first official Skyfall image to be unveiled the following day at 8 a.m. GMT at 007.com. Also urges U.S. readers to grab a copy of USA Today, which would have the image in print.

Feb. 1: Post saying the image was up on 007.com. There’s a followup post 47 minutes later with the image.

Feb. 3: Yet another Skyfall clapperboard picture (one of a series going back to November when Skyfall filming began), this one of the clapperboard in front of some stone columns.


Jan. 29: Tweet that this day in 1995, production of GoldenEye shifted to Puerto Rico, which doubled as Cuba.

Jan. 29: Tweet that voting in the best Bond posters survey was ending.

Jan. 30: Tweet about the one-year anniversary death of John Barry.

Jan. 31: Tweet about how A View to a Kill had its U.S. television premier in 1987 on ABC. Also a Tweet about how the first official Skyfall would be revealed the next day on 007.com. Another tweet about the image appearing the day in USA Today.

Feb. 1: Tweet saying the official image was up on 007.com. A followup tweet with a link to the image. Then, a final tweet for the day about how 10 years earlier, Lee Tamahori “shot the DIE ANOTHER DAY scene in which #007 escapes the military medical facility.”

Feb. 2: Another “on this day in history” tweet about “LIVE AND LET DIE crew shot the scene in which Baron Samedi is ‘risen from the dead’ in the voodoo graveyard. #007”

Feb. 3: You guessed it, tweet with another look back. “ON THIS DAY IN BOND HISTORY: 2005 it was announced that Martin Campbell would direct the 21st #007 movie, to be titled CASINO ROYALE.” Later, there’s a Tweet with THIS LINK to the latest clapperboard shot.

Feb. 4: Another look back with this tweet: “ON THIS DAY IN BOND HISTORY: 1969 Peter R. Hunt began shooting #007’s seduction of Tracy in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE.” (This as of 1 p.m. ET in the U.S.)

Newest Skyfall casting news ends a fan parlor game

Early on Dec. 5, the news came out that Helen McCrory will be playing a U.K. member of parliament in Skyfall. The news was distributed on the movie’s Facebook page and on its Twitter feed. The development also ended a parlor game for 007 fans.

It was announced Nov. 7 that McCrory would be in the movie, but there was no information about her character. Fans on message boards have speculated whether the actress might be the new Miss Moneypenny or if she might play a younger version of Judi Dench’s M in a flashback sequence. The latter made sense because the movie’s press release said “Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.”

So much for that. No official word if there will be a Miss Moneypenny. The U.K. Daily Mail said Nov. 4 that Naomie Harris’s agent Eve will end up being Moneypenny.

Bond gives in; 007 joins social network world

If you can beat ’em, join ’em. After some photos and information about Bond 23 got out via Twitter, agent 007 has joined the social network world.

According to WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS, there are an official James Bond Facebook page and an official James Bond Twitter page. Not much on the Facebook page, though there are some logos and it’s already busy getting postings from Facebook users. There were Tweets yet as of late Wednesday, and the page didn’t have any images yet.

UPDATE: The 007 Twitter page has been updated, appears to be official with an avatar of the gunbarrel logo. Text of first Tweet:

007 James Bond
Good morning Bond fans, welcome to @007. We’ll be back shortly tweeting live from the production press conference…

Back in THIS POST, we had a line that said, “Bond movies are still being marketed as if they’re the biggest thing in cinema, something that, truth be told, hasn’t been true since 1965. It might be time for Eon to update its marketing plans.” We got one reply that included this line: “EON usually helds a press conference when the filming of a Bond movie starts. That is more than enough so early in the production.”

We don’t claim Eon listened to us. But evidently, 007 is getting an updated marketing plan.