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Daniel Craig appears as James Bond in the 2012 film Skyfall, a scene set in Shanghai. - Provided courtesy of Sony Pictures / Francois Duhamel

'Skyfall,' James Bond film No. 23, beats 'Harry Potter' at UK box office record

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11/02/2012 by Olivia Allin

"Skyfall" hasn't opened in the United States, but it's already breaking box office records.

The film, which stars Daniel Craig and is the 23rd film in the long-running James Bond franchise, has broken the UK box office record previously held by "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2."

In its first week in theaters in the UK, "Skyfall" earned $59.86 million in its first seven days. "Deathly Hallows Part 2" earned $57.4 million. The Bond flick is also the third-highest grossing film of the year in the UK, behind "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers."

"Skyfall" was released in the United Kingdom, where Bond is based, on October 23 and also received rave reviews from top movie critics, according to Rottentomatoes.com, which gave it a 100 percent approval rating, as of Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said that "Skyfall" is one of the best James Bond movies from the hit spy film series that has been produced over the past 50 years.

"Skyfall," also features Bond's boss M, played by Judi Dench, who is put in danger when the British Secret Intelligence Service headquarters is attacked. Ralph Fiennes plays her boss, Gareth Mallory. The movie also sees the return of tech whiz Q, who had been missing from the two previous Bond films that starred Craig as 007 - "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace." Q is played by Ben Whishaw.

"Skyfall" is directed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes. Filming took place in Turkey as well as Scotland, England and Shanghai, China. It is the third franchise film for Craig, who played James Bond in the films "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace."

The new Bond film is set to hit theaters in the United States on November 9, almost 50 years after the release of the first James Bond film, "Dr. No," which was released in 1962 and starred Sean Connery.

"Skyfall" has already made over $96.6 million. The first film starring Craig as Bond, "Casino Royale," has made $594 million since its 2006 release, while the second, "Quantum of Solace," earned $586 million since it hit theaters in 2008, making it the highest-grossing Bond movie.

However, according to Boxofficemojo.com, following an adjustment of average ticket prices due to inflation, the title goes to the 1965 movie "Thunderball," which starred Sean Connery as 007. The film made $63.5 million, which would be worth almost $600 million today.

Watch the trailer for "Skyfall" below.

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