After a failed attempt to make the location work
for 'Skyfall', India is still under consideration
for future Bond adventures...
India As Soon As Possible
14th October 2012
When EON Productions were aiming to shoot the
ambitious pretitles sequence for "Skyfall"
in India, they hit upon
a seemingly endless series of problems, pitfalls and red tape.
The on-again, off-again status
of the shoot was almost daily news during pre-production on the
film in late 2011, with several twists and turns that eventually
lead the team to abort plans to use India and instead switched
Africa was also visited on a location hunt).
But despite the bureaucratic problems
involved with shutting down the world's busiest railway
of stunt work, India is still in the thoughts of the producers
as the planning for Bond 24 - and beyond - is under way.
"Typically, we do visit various countries when we
are looking to find locations. So we did come to India
to look [for locations]," producer Barbara Broccoli
told a web conference held in New York this week to promote "Skyfall".
of the complexities with the title sequence... we did have
a big chase with the cars and the motorcycle and trains.
We looked at India as a possibility, but given the traffic,
the complexities of having to shoot such a big scene, we
would have had to shove off many roads and cause a lot
of disruption. we felt it would be too ambitious to do
the scene in India," she said.
The series has flirted
with casting an Indian actress in a leading Bond Girl role since the middle of the Pierce
Brosnan era, but as yet a story has never worked out. "We
certainly are on a lookout for talented beautiful women.
If we make a film in India, we will have an Indian actress," Broccoli
Above: Barbara Broccoli at the
NYC premiere of 'Everything or Nothing'
"Normally when we are casting for a Bond woman, our casting
director looks for Bond women all around the world, and then
we go through
several rounds of auditions for that. And then finally when
we reach the finalists, we bring them into Britain to meet Daniel.
Lots of people are considered, it comes down to what the character
requires and in this film, we needed a
British female agent working alongside Bond," she added.
Above: Roger Moore shot on location
in India for the 1983 film "Octopussy".
"We had a wonderful time shooting Octopussy in India.
We had fun and it looked absolutely beautiful on screen. We know
we have a lot of fans in India so we would love to have the opportunity
to come back to India as soon as possible," she said.
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