Bond 23 to Shoot in India: Reports
James Bond could well be returning to India for a second time (after 1983's Octopussy) to shoot sequences for the 23rd installment of the franchise, according to local media reports Tuesday.
The Mid-Day newspaper quoted an unnamed source stating, “(Bond 23) Director Sam Mendes recently made a hush-hush visit to Mumbai along with production designer Terry Bamber in mid-April for the film's recce. The movie will be shot in Mumbai and Goa during the monsoon season on a month-long schedule.”
A spokesperson for EON Productions, which is producing the next Bond film, told The Hollywood Reporter that "nothing has been confirmed yet."
The monsoon season begins in late June for about two months. The western resort town of Goa was also featured in a car chase sequence in 2004's The Bourne Supremacy.
The report also indicated that line production for Bond 23 will be handled by Mumbai-based India Take One Productions which worked on Slumdog Millionaire; the outfit also handled line production for director Ang Lee's Life Of Pi starring Tobey Maguire that recently filmed in southern India.
The last time the James Bond franchise visited India was with the Roger Moore-starrer Octopussy that was shot in Agra and Udaipur with the film featuring Indian actor Kabir Bedi and a guest appearance by well-known tennis star Vijay Amritraj.
Meanwhile, Mumbai has also seen a recent shoot for the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol that filmed some second unit shots in the city. Online portal Rediff.com recently posted some pictures of the shoot featuring a body double for Tom Cruise seen with a BMW sports car.
Directed by Brad Bird, MI:4 will also feature popular Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire) in his first mainstream Hollywood outing after the actor last year featured in the final season of Fox TV's 24 show.
India has also served as a location for another recent international production, director Roland Joffe's Singularity starring Josh Hartnett, Neve Campbell and Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu.