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Bond 23 Opening Sequence

James Bond's 23 adventure begins in Istanbul.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 29, 2011

007 (Daniel Craig) is back in action in QUANTUM OF SOLACE(2008).
© MGM/Columbia Pictures

When James Bond's untitled 23rd theatrical adventure begins shooting in November, we know of at least one location where Mr. 007 will be found. That would be Istanbul according to MI6-HQ. The website reports that Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli met with Ertugrul Günay, Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister, and have agreed that the city's historical neighborhood Sultanahmet Square should serve as a good location to shoot the famous opening sequence of the next Bond tale.

With both From Russia With Love and The World is Not Enough also having been filmed at the location, veteran Bond producer Michael G. Wilson said "James Bond is no stranger to Istanbul, and as the series marks its 50th anniversary next year, it is fitting that 007 would return to one of the most loved locations in the history of the franchise. Iit really just feels like we are coming home."

Turkish minister Gunay added: "There are, however, a number of locations, including the waterside and shores of the Bosporus, in consideration for the 10-15 minutes of the movie that is to be filmed in Turkey."

Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris and Javier Bardem. Jeffrey Wright has already suggested that he won't be returning to the role of Felix Leiter this time around though it doesn't mean the character won't be mentioned in the next installment. Director Sam Mendes is leading the production, based on a screenplay by Patrick Marber, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.

Bond 23 will hit theaters November 9, 2012.






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Wiseguy 9/29/2011 5:45:39 PM

Not that much into Bond anymore. He's just another Bourne clone nowadays, but that seems to be the flavor now. Everything has to be gritty. Yeah sometimes they went too cheesy in the past but I'd prefer it be somewhere in between

I still prefer the Roger Moore films more than any.

7thGuest 9/29/2011 6:12:24 PM

I'm a Bond fan so I'll see this when it opens, but I agree with Wiseguy in that it is too gritty. Casino Royale was great and I didn't mind Quantum of Solace, but QoS (and I never thought I'd say this) had too much action. They need to just make the Bond films fun again and if it takes adding the weird ass gadgets again then so be it.

They also need to bring back Spectre or Smersh, but since I know they can no longer do that I would suggest bringing in a new evil organization that starts with S. I would suggest Scientology.

AtreyuPrimus 9/29/2011 8:49:50 PM

I haven't been on in a while as far as comments go (sorry guys), but 7thGuest that last bit made me laugh out loud like I haven't done in far too long (or at least as today goes after work and online classwork).

Thank you, sir. Thank you. (I will always love Top Gun, but even George Lazenby could kick Tom Cruise's ass!)


elrushbo 9/29/2011 10:06:52 PM

Bond has moved too far away from the tradition that has made it such a long lasting franchise. How is Quanton of Solace different from The Transporter? Not by much. AT LEAST the gadgets need more of a role, and John Cleese would be nice even if it's a cameo

ThrillerSam 9/29/2011 10:36:39 PM

I personally like the gritty bond was just getting too cheesy to me.. having said that QoS was a little boring to me where as Casino Royale was amazing, Hope this one comes off better. I do love Craig in the part.

GSSCHAN2000 9/30/2011 5:20:16 AM

i think the problem is the villians. it use to be bond against the russians,chinese,etc.NOW its bond against ceos,real estate agents (jab at lex luthor), etc.

CrazyCEO 9/30/2011 6:02:16 AM

Didn't have a problem with either of the new movies, it brought them right up to date.  The only draw back has been the delay in making this new one.

wish 9/30/2011 6:31:54 AM

Well the numbers don't lie, the last 2 films have been the most successful in the franchise so far so get used to the "gritty" style.  I for one loved both of them, actually preferring QoS a little more because of the killer action and fight scenes.  I also loved the Roger Moore films and most of the Brosnan films, and maybe we'll get back to that style when Daniel Radcliffe is old enough to take over the role.   Maybe he'll have a wand that shoots bullets, or a flying broomstick that sweeps dirt.  Maybe after a "blonde Bond"  they'll want a "ginger Bond" and go with Rupert Grint!

lusciousjohnnyb 9/30/2011 7:31:55 AM

Roger Moore never looked like he could do any of the stunts he was supposedly doing.  He played Bond way too long, and he is my least favorite of the Bonds.  Daniel Craig is great. 

VTGamehendge 9/30/2011 7:32:36 AM

No, no, no, wish.  It should be a flying BOOMstick!

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