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.