Bond 25 confirms filming date
Italy, Jamaica and Norway have been confirmed as the key international filming locations for Bond 25, which starts principal photography on 28 April.
Still official untitled, the movie is based at Pinewood Studios and has already shot scenes in Norway, which are reportedly action beats on a frozen lake. Location filming will also take place in London.
The story will follow Daniel Craig's Bond as he is recruited by old CIA contact Felix Leiter to help rescue a kidnapped scientist.
Scenes will be shot in Matera, distinctive in southern Italy for its rocky outcrop location.
The city is well known for its prehistoric cave dwellings – known as ‘Sassi’ – that have held UNESCO World Heritage Site status since 1993.
Bond’s Matera shoot will coincide with the city’s status as a European Capital of Culture for 2019. Matera previously hosted scenes for the Warner Bros/DC superhero movie Wonder Woman so filming for Bond is likely to draw further attention to southern Italy’s potential as a location for big-budget feature production.
The Bond franchise last visited Italy only a few years ago when Sam Mendes shot a key car chase in central Rome for Spectre.
Norway continues to emerge as an international filming location and supported Bond 25 with incentive support close to €5m.
Jamaica is seen as a spiritual home for the Bond franchise, as the location of author Ian Fleming’s ‘GoldenEye’ residence and also a repeat location for the films. The new Bond shoot could help boost the country’s Caribbean production profile.
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