SKYFALL is the first James Bond film to earn over a billion dollars worldwide.
According to the London newspaper MIRROR, about a third of SKYFALL's budget was raised of advertising deals. Some of these were just to allow the companies to use the 007 brand in their commercials and promotions; however, several companies (such as Heinekin and Calvin Klein) have product placement in the film.
At 143 minutes, SKYFALL is the second longest James Bond film yet. The lengthiest 007 picture is 2006's CASINO ROYALE; its run time was only about thirty seconds above SKYFALL's.
The song Silva plays over the loudspeakers on his island is "Boum" by Charles Trenet.
In 50 years of Bond movies, Skyfall is only the second film in which James Bond suffers a gunshot wound.
In an original draft of the script, a scene taking place in India would feature Bond leaping on a train, scattering dozens of people who were riding on top of it. However, the Indian railroad would not allow a depiction of these stowaways because they did not want to encourage this dangerous and illegal act. The railroad also wanted Bond to say their tagline, but that did not happen. In the film, the location was Istanbul, Turkey.
Sam Mendes originally offered the role of the villain to Kevin Spacey.