Newly appointed at the helm of the Lazio Film Commission, Luciano
Sovena confirmed to Italian press that Bond
24 will shoot on
location in Rome at the end of this year if all goes well. Whilst
admitting the city has not seen a lot of film action in recent
years, Sovena was excited that 007 will be coming, but paperwork
still needs to be done.
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli
and Michael G. Wilson," said Sovena, "and we discussed
the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular
in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane. I'm
already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures
for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this
great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
Above: The Quattro Fontane (the
Four Fountains) is an ensemble of four Late Renaissance
fountains located at the intersection of Via
delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale in Rome.
MI6 understand that Bond will be behind the wheel of a brand
new Aston Martin for the chase.
Daniel Craig's era of 007 is no stranger to
Italy. Venice was a major location in
'Casino Royale', and Lake Como
was also in Craig's debut and the follow up 'Quantum
of Solace'. The 2008
film also used Siena and Lake Garda as locations in the pre-title
"Hosting the blockbuster Bond franchise
is part of the strategy of Lazio Film Commission that it intends
to attract large foreign
productions in the region and encourage independent Italian filmmaking," explained
Sovena. "Our region has all the requirements, environmental
and professional, to become the most sought after locations of
SPECTRE (2015) is the new James Bond film and the 24th in the series. It will be the fourth outing for Daniel Craig as 007, and the second film to be directed by Sam Mendes from a screenplay by John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. The new MI6 team of Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner) and Ben Whishaw (Q) are all reprising their roles. The cast will include Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz. Production commences on December 8th 2014, with location work as early as 5th January 2015 in Austria. The film will also shoot on location in: Erfoud and Tangier, Morocco; Rome, Italy and Mexico City, Mexico. SPECTRE is scheduled for release on 7th November 2015.