Skyfall becomes most successful Bond film ever

Bond 23 has brought in a massive £420 million in worldwide takings, forging well ahead of 'Casino Royale'

Skyfall has become the most successful Bond film of the franchise's 23 film history, after topping nearly $670 million (£420 million) in box office takings.

So far, the film has hauled in $507.9 million (£319 million) worldwide, plus $161.3 million (£101 million) in the US.

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Bond... raking it in from Skyfall (Copyright: Rex)

It's made a huge £72 million in the UK alone.

However, it still has a way to go to beat the biggest box office haul adjusting for inflation.

That honour goes to 'Thunderball', which made the equivalent of £631.3 million in 1965.

'Skyfall' is now the fifth biggest movie ever to be released in the UK, just behind 'Avatar', 'Titanic', 'Toy Story 3' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'.

The whopping total from Daniel Craig's third and most critically acclaimed portrayal of the British secret service man has added to a phenomenal annual total for its studio Sony.

Adding its gross to those from other Sony hits from the year, including 'The Amazing Spider-Man', 'Men In Black 3' and 'Hotel Transylvania', it has made more than $4 billion (£2.5 billion), smashing its previous annual best of £2.2 billion.

Elsewhere, Daniel Craig went to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan to introduce 'Skyfall' to an audience of 800 British soldiers.

Craig fired machine guns on the heavy weapons range, and toured the camp - which is home to around 30,000 members of the armed forces - in a Foxhound armoured car.

“We get quite a lot of visitors here but having James Bond was special,” said Warrant Officer Class One Rob Ingham.

“He seemed to be pretty comfortable when he got in the driving seat.”