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Variety repeat Italy shooting location chatter for Bond 25

10-Mar-2019 • No Time To Die

Variety is claiming an exclusive, even though it was reported over a month ago, that Bond 25 is probably heading to the town of Matera in southern Italy for location shooting.

The trade paper reports: "The town of 60,000 people will provide the setting for what is expected to become “Bond 25’s” prologue action sequence... Preparations to accommodate an estimated 500 production people for the shoot, which is expected to take place in late July, are already underway."

Line producer Enzo Sisti, who is handling the Italian leg of the “Bond 25” shoot, confirmed that a “big production is coming to Matera” but declined to confirm that it is the next, as-yet-untitled Bond outing. 

Perhaps most notably, Bond 25 "will be able to tap into Italy’s tax credits, which cover 30% of eligible production costs, with a €20 million ($22.7 million) cap, and provide immediate cash-back benefits as soon as cameras start rolling."

Bond 25 is also expected to shoot in Norway - a country which also offered large tax incentives to the production to shoot there.

It would be the fourth time Daniel Craig has shot a James Bond adventure in Italy, with 'Skyfall' being the only exception in his tenure.

Matera was previously scouted as a potential car chase shooting location for 'Quantum of Solace.'

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