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'Skyfall' suspected as film that secured Brecon Beacons permission

21-Jan-2012 • Skyfall

A film company has taken a step closer to using the Brecon Beacons in Wales as a location for a movie it wants to keep under wraps, according to a report by the BBC.

There has been widespread speculation the filming is for the new James Bond movie, "Skyfall".

The area's national park authority, meeting in Brecon, cleared a request to film on Mynydd y Llan near Llandovery.

Any location work would have to be approved by the Welsh government, which has 21 days to respond.

The secretive film company, which has not declared its identity or details about the film, says it intends to bring in 200 people for the production near Myddfai, Carmarthenshire. It says it would need access to the land for a period of three months and permission to create a chapel and manor house. Filming would take place over three weeks. The agent for the film company says spending of more than £1.4m locally is possible.

Janet Long, an agent for the applicant, said: "There is a great deal of commercial sensitivity about projects such as this. However, I can confirm there would be a significant local spend, possibly higher than £1.4m."

John Cook, chief executive of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, said no final decision had been made on the application. He said: "There is interest from a filming unit for a particular site in the west of the park. They have a tight timescale to work to in terms of filming deadlines, budgets deadlines, so they have asked us to deal with this as quickly as we can. It will be considered in exactly the same way as any other planning application, the only difference is officers will work very hard with the applicant to ensure that it can come to a committee sooner than would normally take place."

"Skyfall" had planned to shoot in Scotland, but the locations were scrapped. Filming is also expected to take place in Elstead in the south of England.

Thanks to `Zekidk ` for the alert.

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