James Bond 23 to film in IndiaThe I&B ministry has given permission to India Take One Productions to shoot the latest Bond film. ‘Bond 23′ is likely to be shot at the cheek-by-jowl streets of Daryaganj, Sarojini Nagar market and Ansari Road in Delhi. The film, to be directed by Sam Mendes, will be released in 2012. This also marks the 50th anniversary of the successful ‘Dr No’ and the Bond franchise.
The producers have been given permission to shoot in North Goa with the exception of the tunnel at Dudhsagar (south-eastern railway) and Zuari rail bridge over Zuari river (Konkan railways) due to security concerns. Sources said talks with the railway ministry were on regarding these particular locales.
In Ahmedabad, the producers had sought permission to shoot near the Navagam area that is close to installations like Torrent Power limited, ONGC and IOC. The ministry has asked them to ensure that permissions are taken from the railway ministry and the state government. “We have suggested that these vital installations be avoided during the shoot in this area,” a source said.
The Bond film will join an increasing number of foreign films that are being given permission to shoot in India. At last count, 22 films including big ticket productions like the Tom Cruise-starrer ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Singularity’ and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ had been given permission. Among reality shows that have been cleared include the World’s Strictest Parents’ Australia and New Zealand productions.