The "Quantum of Solace" production has arrived in
Panama. MI6 has a full report and pictures from the
location shooting, plus news on Peru and Chile...
Production Diary (11)
9th February 2008
According to reports, Daniel Craig arrived in
Panama on Monday 4th February, with filming on "Quantum of Solace"
commencing a few days later on Thursday 7th February.
A formal dinner was held at the National Theatre
to mark the start of production in Panama. Principal cast members
attendance, including Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton,
Olga Kurylenko, Giancarlo Giannini along with director Marc Forster
and Craig's partner Satsuki Mitchell. Approximately forty guests
were invited, who arrived from Bonita Beach for
a cocktail reception in the theatre's
foyer. The dinner was held on the theatre stage, which was decorated
with a jungle theme.
Above: The National Theatre in Panama
City hosted a welcome party for the production
Daniel Craig (007) and Gemma Arterton (Agent
Fields) were spotted filming in Panama City on Friday 8th February
by locals. Craig
was in-character wearing a sharp suit, and Arterton was seen
in Agent Fields' beige trenchcoat.
Above: Gemma Arterton and Daniel
Craig were spotted in Panama City on Friday
The local media were hot on
the tail of the production and one snapper managed to spot Daniel
Craig in between scenes at the
decommissioned US Howard Air Force Base in Panama City. As MI6
previously reported, other filming in the country will take
place in the Old Town (known locally as El Casco Antiguo and El
Casco Viejo) and the district of Santa Ana.
The National Institute of Culture
(INAC) building is being refurbished for the filming
as "Andean Grand Hotel", where an assassination attempt
be launched on 007 whilst he is in the hotel elevator.
Shooting is expected to take place there on Monday
Although officials are yet to confirm
which South American country
are continually hearing "Bolivia". The name of the hotel
also gives this away, as the Andies are the major mountain
range between Bolivia and Peru.
Shooting will then move to the Union Club
which will double as an Embassy where Agent Fields is based.
Roads across the city are being closed to accommodate the
filming. On Friday 8th February, "Calle 16 Oeste" (16
West Street - a side street to the National Bank building)
was closed, followed by the street 18 Sta. Ana on Saturday
Above: Daniel Craig was spotted in
rehearsals at the Howard Air Force Base in Panama.
Filming will then move to Patio Rochet on Thursday
14th and Friday 15th February (Student Street will be closed,
on the block
of Instituto National), for a night shoot between the hours of
6:00pm and 6:00am. The local production manager James Grant has
posted a notice apologizing in advance for the "degree of disturbance"
that the shooting will cause.
More filming will then take place in the province of Colón,
north of the capital city. 700 Panamanian extras will be needed
for the shoot. Back
in December, MI6 reported that casting for extras in the film
would take at the Teatro la Quadra. Shooting in Panama
is expected to last until Thursday 21st February.
Peru & Chile Next Up
Part of the 22nd James Bond film "Quantum
of Solace" will be shot next month in the Peruvian
Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the production
EON will be assisted in Peru by Iguana Productions.
A producer for Iguana Productions said that the filmmakers
have chosen the region of Cusco, which is part of the Machu
Picchu, for the filming which will involve at least 250
people. The company declined to comment on whether Daniel
Craig will be in attendance for the filming.
Local reports state the filming will centre around action
sequences, and director Luis Llosa will assist the production.
Llosa was behind 1995's "Max is Missing", which
was shot entirely in Cusco.
The production team will arrive in Peru after filming
wraps in Panama. Shooting in Peru is expected to take place
between March 2nd and March 12th.
Meanwhile, Stillking Films - who co-produced the filming of "Casino
Royale" in the Czech Republic - are currently in the Antofagasta
region of Chile to firm up locations for "Quantum of Solace".
The company has an office in Santiago, and scouting in Chile
first started last September. Producer Bud Theisen confirmed that
filming is expected to start in Chile on March 23rd and will
last for 10 to 12 days. Exact
locations in Chile are yet to be confirmed, but Stillking Films
are reported to have extensively scouted the small town of Chuquicamata.