12/04/2012 07:38 BST | Updated 12/06/2012 06:12 BST

James Bond Skyfall Photos Give Us First Glimpse Of Ralph Fiennes - But Is He Friend Or Foe? (PHOTOS)

James Bond is back, but he's not the only cat in town.

New pictures from the filming of Skyfall, currently in production and due for release at the end of the year, reveal Ralph Fiennes in action-man mode - but whether he is Bond's friend or villain remains, as yet, unclear.

We already know that the main villain of the piece is Silva, to be played undoubtedly with relish by Javier Bardem, resplendent in blond wig.

And there are questions over the future of M, Bond's boss played by Judi Dench, whose past comes back to haunt her in this, Bond's 23rd outing.

Meanwhile, Daniel Craig is looking more military than in previous incarnations, with cropped hair and buffed-up physique.

Stay tuned for HuffPostUK's interviews with Craig, Dench and Bardem over the next few days - in the meantime, glean what you can from these new shots...

Skyfall pics/Bond press launch