James Bond returns to Istanbul on 50th anniversary

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  • Updated: May 03, 2012 17:57 IST
  • Daniel Craig

    James Bond Daniel Craig smiles for the cameras.

  • Naomie Harris

    Actor Naomie Harris poses in a blue lace dress.

  • Berenice Marlohe

    Berenice Marlohe looks chic in a summery sky blue dress.

  • Skyfall photocall

    The 23rd film in the Bond series was shot on several locations in Turkey, between the southern province of Adana and the southwestern coastal town ...

  • Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe

    Bond babes Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe.

  • Berenice Marlohe

    Berenice Marlohe at the Skyfall photocall in Istanbul.

  • Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig poses for the photocall of Skyfall in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • director Sam Mendes

    "We wanted to be here (Istanbul) because it is the most magnificent place, it is an incredible city... I can't get enough of it," said ...

  • The cast and crew of Skyfall

    The cast and crew of Skyfall poses at the photocall.

James Bond has once again returned to Istanbul for Skyfall, the latest film in the longest running series that this year celebrates half a century of the legendary spy in action, its director said Sunday.

"We wanted to be here because it is the most magnificent place, it is an incredible city... I can't get enough of it," said director Sam Mendes, who spoke to the press in Istanbul after more than 100 days of shooting Skyfall in Turkey.

The 23rd film in the Bond series was shot on several locations in Turkey, between the southern province of Adana and the southwestern coastal town of Fethiye, as well as in the historical Grand Bazaar of Istanbul.

"Bond has had a close relationship with Istanbul... It has been 49 years to the day since they were last here.. Bond was last here," said Daniel Craig, who took over the Bond character in 2006 with Casino Royal.

Barbara Broccoli, one of the producers, noted that Istanbul was chosen as the venue for Skyfall to mark the 50th anniversary of the legend in "the favorite city of Ian Flemming", the British author who invented James Bond in 1953.

Bond may even have a car chase scene on the very epitome of Istanbul, the Bosphorus bridge, Mendes said in response to a question, hinting that the city may continue to appear in forthcoming Bond movies.

The Bond series briefly featured Istanbul in 1999 for The World is Not Enough, after Bond's first appearance in the city in 1963 for the second film of the series, From Russia With Love.

Skyfall is expected to be released in late 2012.

 

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