MI6 rounds up the latest production plans for "Quantum
of Solace" in Italy, plus new shots of the boat
sequence filmed in Panama...
Production Diary (19)
27th March 2008
In an update to the lengthy
report on the filming plans in Italy that MI6 reported earlier
this month, some
further details have surfaced. The "Quantum
of Solace" Italian
line producer Guido Cerasuolo held a press conference
in Siena on March 21st. He confirmed that the James Bond crew
will be arriving on March 31st, with filming on the rooftops
on April 4th through april 12th. Production will then move to
the shores of Lake Garda for two weeks, with the following two
weeks based around Carrara. Filming will head back to Siena at
the Piazza del Campo from May 13th to May 17th. Additionally,
a second unit will shoot at Talamone at the end of April.
According to local press, scenes will be filmed on the
Largo di Garda (Lake Garda) in Malcesine between April
15th to April 19th from 09:00 to 17:00. Daniel Craig is
expected to be present.
reported by MI6,
part of the Aston
Martin DBS car chase will be filmed
between Malcesine and Navene.
Rumours are circulating that an action scene will be filmed
on the Monte Baldo cablecar with a jump performed by a
stunt double. Reports also mention shooting of a speed
boat chase, but those scenes are linked to sequence set
in Bolivia (already filmed in Panama).
Above: The town of Malcesine on the shore of Lake Garda,
Cerasuolo said that the Italian action sequence will be on screen
for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, with the 7 to 8 minutes spent
in Siena "among the most spectacular".
Apparently, the chase sequence was originally
written to end at the Siena Duomo (cathedral), but this was later
as it was seen to be disrespectful to the location. Instead,
007 will emerge from the fountain in the Piazza del Campo just
the moment that the horse race ends. The network of underground
tunnels ('bottini') were reconstructed in Pinewood as filming
at the real location was not possible.
Above: The Piazza del Campo (left) and the fountain that
007 will emerge from (right)
The estimated production budget for the shooting
in Siena has been pitched at 500,000-600,000 Euros. The local
scouting agency Scoutit in Firenze has selected 200 extras, with
1000 to be used at the Piazza del Campo to replicate the Palio
race scenes. Local reports suggest these Siena sequences will
not involve Daniel Craig.
More Shots From Filming In Panama - Early March