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In a semi-traditional round up of 10 things we know (or think we know) about James Bond 23 the media outlet claims that James Bond star Daniel Craig spoke to them earlier, suggesting that Istanbul and Shanghai are “definitely” on the shooting schedule.
At Bond23.net we are struggling to track down the original interview, but we will persist!
According to a local newspaper, Duntrune Castle is on the shooting schedule for James Bond 23.
Duntrune Castle on Poltalloch Estate near Lochgilphead in mid-Argyll was host to Mendes and team, and 007 is expected to arrive in February 2012.
James Bond 23 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have been in meetings with Turkish authorities over the shooting of the new James Bond adventure.
According to James Bond website MI6, production is set to start on location in November and Istanbul will feature in the opening of Bond 23′s story.
Ertugrul Günay, Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister, told the media:
“The opening scenes are planned to be filmed in Istanbul, but some other places will also be used outside Istanbul for the film. Such is the appeal of the series that many of the locations where Bond films have been filmed in the past have continued to attract Bond fans to visit many years down the line. The fact that the opening scene of the film will be made in Turkey will contribute to Turkish tourism. The ministry has been providing big support to the film sector for five years. We have made a concerted effort in the past five years to support the film sector and our aim continues to be to welcome international film crews to our country for filming.
According to a local report, Bond 23 had permission to shoot their stunts in India as of two weeks ago, but last week, decided not to take the option up…
Chandralekha Mukherjee, executive director, information and publicity, Indian Railways gave the following statement to the media today:
The matter was finalised by September 13. But a week later, we were informed that after an international discussion, the production team decided not to shoot in India. We’ve been very cooperative with them. We had ourselves hoped that the movie would be shot here.
A stunt sequence was planned to the trains and a motorbike chase.
An unexpected turn of events in the pre-production schedule, which by all other accounts, is proceeding as normal with Bond star Daniel Craig starting work next week.
According to local reports from the Turkey’s largest city, 007 may be bound for Istanbul.
Turkish Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay has granted the Sam Mendes-helmed 23rd James Bond adventure permission to shoot in the historic Sultanahmet Square.
Günay told the local presses:
Shooting will start within the next few months… rather than closing the square completely, some parts could be partially closed from time to time for the filming. We have to consider our tourists, but we can accommodate foreign film production companies that want to use Turkey as a platform.
So far it seems Daniel Craig’s third outing as Bond will have nods to Octopussy and now to From Russia With Love.
Shooting on James Bond 23 is expected to commence this November.
The last piece in the ongoing puzzle that has been playing out in Indian newspapers this month appears to be complete. According to MI6 James Bond will be leaping from train to train in a daring stunt sequence.
In exchange for permission to shoot on Indian rails, Daniel Craig has been asked to be a ‘brand ambassador’ for the Indian train company.
MI6 also has spoilers about what other vehicles are expected to be involved in the chase.
“Whatever help is needed by them will be given,” Chandralekha Mukherjee, executive director, information and publicity, railway ministry, told reporters Thursday.
The train top stunt sequence is scheduled to be filmed in Goa, India, in February 2012. Other locations in the country will include Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, and Mumbai.
James Bond may be back in India this year but South Africa is a hot contender for some Bond 23 action when shooting starts later this year.
After permission issues held up the production, and according to some sources delayed shooting on location, the South African Film Commission is promising a hassle free ride for 007: ”Cape Town welcomes James Bond whenever he decides to visit us,” said Cape Film Commission chief executive Denis Lillie.
The Commission tells the AP that Cape Town is a real alternative to the Indian West Coast.
“This demonstrates how a film project can very quickly go ‘off the rails’ if the coordination between city and government departments are not in place,” said Lillie, commenting on the railway permission issues Bond 23 is said to have faced.
James Bond will be heading to north-west India, the Gujurat province, for the 23rd James Bond film.
Again, Pravesh Sahni of India Take One Productions reported to the Times of India that he had secured a filming deal in the Sabarmati railway yard.
Bond 23 will take fans to a less-than-familiar corner of India and the popular Mumbai and Goa are being blackballed by the production:
“We preferred Ahmedabad over Goa and Mumbai as for car chasing sequence the roads were apt and the Gujarat government promised to extend all support in the first meeting itself. For permission to shoot an action sequence on a train at Sabarmati railway yard we are meeting Union railways minister Dinesh Trivedi on Monday.”
As per earlier news it still remains to be seen if the production will get permission to close freight lines for hours per day in order to capture their planned action sequence.
Boffins over at MI6 claim that South Africa is not off the Bond 23 shooting schedule, despite extensive plans for production in India coming to light.
It has been widely reported that 007 is looking to visit India in the forthcoming James Bond 23. It also will not come as a surprise to readers that according to Indian sources the production team are planning an action packed train trip for Bond. Previously it was reported that the Konkan railway was set to be a key locale.
Whilst location rumors have been quite for some time now, there appears to be a flaw in the plan… the government are unwilling to allow filmmakers to close sections of the track for time needed to shoot an action sequence.
Pravesh Sahni who is said to be looking after EON Productions whilst they are in India told the newspapers:
Trains are the backbone of the film. We’ll pay for the shooting and also mention Indian Railways in the credit line. The shooting was supposed to happen in October-November. Now, we’ve postponed it to January-February. For the past three months, we’ve been trying to get things in order. The film has Daniel Craig doing stunts on a freight train. While the Indian Railways has given us permission to shoot, I need to meet someone and explain how important it is for us to block two tracks for eight hours a day over five to six days.
Previously Roger Moore’s Octopussy shot sequences in India and involved a protracted train sequence… deja vu anybody?