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James Bond holiday destinations #1 – Turkey

June 17th, 2013 by

Although it may not much feel like it at the moment, summer is fast approaching after a long winter that seemed to takeover spring, but finally the weather (at least where I live) has turned. The central heating is off at long last and although the mountains in the distance still have plenty of snow […]

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Skyfall – Turkish locations [video]

September 8th, 2012 by

A new video blog provided by 007.com on YouTube has Sam Mendes talking about filming in Turkey. He says that Skyfall shows the best of Turkey without falling into cliche, and how they have tried to capture Istanbul as it is today, as an every changing and developing city. The video shows some beautiful long shots of some of the city’s highlights, as well as behind the scenes footage of the pre-title sequence. He later adds that opening sequence is ambitious and varied.

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Skyfall b-roll from Turkey

May 12th, 2012 by

Behind the scenes of Skyfall while filming in Turkey

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The Stig’s back… as a stuntman for new James Bond film [Mirror Online]

May 7th, 2012 by

Ben Collins, who was sacked from Top Gear after outing himself as The Stig, has been working as a strunt driver on Skyfall recently. Collins, who also worked on Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace has been photographed during filming in Istanbul, including a scene in which a black Audi is wrecked. According to a […]

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Filming of Skyfall continues in the beautiful city of Istanbul – clapperboard photo from Skyfall

May 4th, 2012 by

The latest clapperboard photo from the set of Skyfall was released via the official 007 twitter account last night. The scene number (X8AL) indicates that the scene takes place very early in the film, and is likely to feature in the pre-titles sequence.

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Daniel Craig: Bond Plot Is For Our Eyes Only [Sky News]

May 2nd, 2012 by

Sky News has just filed a report from Istanbul, Turkey, where they were invited to the Skyfall set to watch filming. The report says that Daniel Craig was “tight-lipped” about plot details:

The star was cagey and vague when talking about the film, although he did reveal 007 would be “funny as hell” and that his character would enjoy a “rich” love life.

He refused to be drawn on the plot, saying only that he and director Sam Mendes had worked extensively on the script and the character together.

The article also mentions the four year break being used to the film makers’ advantage and how both Craig and Mendes went back and read the books for ideas.

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Bond back in Turkey [video]

April 30th, 2012 by

A short video about shooting Skyfall in Turkey.

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We are careful not to damage cultural values: Bond producer [Hurriyet Daily News]

April 23rd, 2012 by

Skyfall producer Michael G Wilson spoke at a press conference held in Istanbul ahead of the arrival of Daniel Craig and the first unit in which he reassured locals that filming has not damaged historic buildings. Hurriyet Daily News quoted Wilson as saying: “As people in the film sector we create illusions. This is what […]

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Skyfall bike accident in Grand Bazaar [Video]

April 16th, 2012 by

The video above was posted on CNN Turkey and shows CCTV footage of an alleged accident during the filming of a sequence in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The bike supposedly crashed into a 400 year old shop and caused considerable damage to the glazing. Note: You may first have to view an advertisement. You […]

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James Bond film crew to close part of Istanbul [Hurriyet Daily News]

April 9th, 2012 by

The neighbourhood of Eminönü in Istanbul is to be used for a three week shoot for Skyfall, according to an article published by Hurriyet Daily News: Starting April 16, an Eminönü street will be closed to traffic and pedestrians for three weeks. The production company will pay the owners of shops on the street 750 […]

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