İstanbul to host secret agent 007 on 50th anniversary
As the clock ticks down to the 50th anniversary of 1962’s “Dr. No” -- the first James Bond film -- secret agent 007 is set to touch down in İstanbul for the filming of the latest Bond blockbuster.
Scheduled for a November 2012 release, the film’s producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson visited Turkey this week for discussions with Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay, the Anatolia news agency reported.
Günay revealed that one of the locations in which filming is to take place is the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood. “There are, however, a number of locations, including the waterside and shores of the Bosporus, in consideration for the 10-15 minutes of the movie that is to be filmed in Turkey,” he said.
Günay further disclosed that discussions are currently in place for filming to take place in Turkish cities apart from İstanbul before adding, “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. I believe that for Turkey to be able to feature as part of the set location on the 50th anniversary of James Bond will be a great boost to our tourism. 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.”
American producer Michael G. Wilson thanked Günay for his support, adding that he was overjoyed for Bond to be back in İstanbul. “It really just feels like we are coming home,” he said.