Reports from within the country link specific locations in India to the Bond 23 pre-production scouting...

India Location Rumours Emerge

16th April 2011

Far from the corroborated and multi-sourced news that director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli were scouting locations for the 23rd James Bond film in South Africa last week, the latest pre-production news comes from an anonymous quote in an Indian newspaper. According to the report, India is also under consideration for shooting Daniel Craig's third outing as 007.

The Times of India carried the following quote from an 'industry insider': "It's at a nascent stage. Everything is being kept under wraps now. Permissions are being sought from the ministry. There have been talks about location scouting down the Konkan Railway line. If all goes well, the shoot might begin end of this year."

The Konkan Railway runs along the coast of India from Mangalore in Karnataka to Mumbai in Maharashtra through Goa, along to Western Ghats.

The hostile terrain and difficult weather conditions of the Konkan region has resulted in dozens of deaths from train accidents along the line.

India has been rumoured as a possible location since pre-production started on "Die Another Day" in 2001.

Back in the latter half of 1982, "Octopussy" filmed in India over a three week period, and based their production in Udaipur. The locales gave the film a unique feel, and the film still plays daily in the city to tourists visiting the sights made famous by Roger Moore's penultimate outing as 007.


Above: Stunning scenery runs the length of the 738km railway line.

The 23rd James Bond film, "Skyfall", commenced principal studio photography on 7th November 2011 for a UK release on October 26th, 2012 and the USA on November 9, 2012. MGM will produce, finance and distribute 007's 23rd adventure in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent, alongside Judi Dench as "M", with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. The cast will also include Bérénice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Wishaw. The film will shoot at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, England; Scotland; Shanghai, China and Istanbul, Turkey.

It will be the longest gap between Bond movies without a change in the lead role. In addition, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the EON Productions series of James Bond films.

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