01/02/2012 04:25 GMT | Updated 01/04/2012 06:12 BST

FIRST LOOK: Daniel Craig As James Bond In 'Skyfall' (PICTURE)

This is the first peek of Daniel Craig, back in action as James Bond, and he's looking meaner than ever.

Craig has taken on the role of special agent 007 for the third time in Skyfall, to be directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, and co-starring Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Berenice Marlohe, Naomie Harris and Judie Dench.

Q will be younger than Bond for the first time in the franchise's history, with The Hour star Ben Whishaw stepping into the role.

Skyfall has been beset by financing problems after the near-collapse of the studio behind it, but is now back on track, with UK release set for 26th October, and America a fortnight later.