The 23rd incarnation of James Bond: Skyfall has been voted the best Bond ever, but its commercial success is not subject to bias or opinion - it is officially the most successful British film (in one week).

Surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, with first week sales of £37.2m, Skyfall is proving an unprecedented success, The Sun reports. MGM chief Gary Barber said: "The continued record-breaking success of this film is a true testament to all involved and the global power of this 50-year-old franchise," while the film's producers - Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli -released a statement after the impressive figure was delivered. It said: "We are very grateful to the Bond fans and all UK cinema audiences for making Skyfall the biggest opening week ever during our 50th anniversary year." The £23m set by the final Daniel Radcliffe wizard movie still holds the gong for weekend sales, though, as Bond only managed £20.1m for that particular record. 

Entertainmentwise also ran a poll, and in light of these figures, revealed that fans voted this the best Bond ever. 34.89% consider Skyfall to be the best outing for 007. 32.66% thought that it was Daniel Craig's best outing as 007. 15.21% thought it was 'good' and 7.1% thought it was average. 5.07% said it was 'poor', and an identical 5.07% thought it was the worst Bond ever.