Why James Bond did not come to Mumbai?

  • PTI, Los Angeles
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  • Updated: Nov 12, 2012 19:17 IST
  • Skyfall

    Bollywood couples and other celebrities lined up in numbers for the premiere of the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall.

  • Anil Kapoor

    Anil Kapoor looked sharp in a black suit. (Photo/Prodip Guha)

  • Madhur Bhandarkar

    Madhur Bhandarkar was spotted with wife Renu. (Photo/Prodip Guha)

  • Ashutosh Gowariker

    Ashutosh Gowariker came with wife Sunita. (Photo/Prodip Guha)

  • Sameera and Sushma Reddy

    Sisters Sameera and Sushma Reddy posed for the shutterbugs. (Photo/Prodip Guha)

  • Evelyn Sharma

    Evelyn Sharma looked hot in an all-black ensemble. (Photo/Prodip Guha)

  • Arunoday Singh

    Arunoday Singh looked smart in a white shirt over blue jeans. (Photo/Prodip Guha)

  • Kabir Khan

    Kabir Khan with wife Mini Mathur. (Photo/Prodip Guha)

  • Claudia Ciesla

    Former Bigg Boss inmate Claudia Ciesla was spotted after a long time. (Photo/Prodip Guha)

  • Boney Kapoor

    Boney Kapoor was dressed in his usual casual denims. (Photo/Prodip Guha)

Director Sam Mendes had to abandon his plans to shoot 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall in Mumbai because he found it incredibly difficult.
The movie was meant to open in Mumbai, with a long chase that would have seen Bond racing through a densely populated market, jumping on a motorbike and eventually fighting an opponent on top of a train. But the production team dropped the idea after realising it was difficult to shoot in the narrow and chaotic streets of Mumbai, the Hollywood Reporter said.
"It is logistically incredibly difficult to shut down the center of an enormous Indian city. We tried to make it work and to embrace the chaos, but in the end there were too many dangers - I don't mean from people trying to sabotage production, but there are narrow streets that are difficult to film in. I was very disappointed," Mendes said.
The 47-year-old director then went to explores places like Cape Town and Johannesburg for shooting but they proved equally fruitless. And it was then, Mendes visited Istanbul, where part of the movie is shot.

 "I found it was everything we wanted and more, and gaveus so many ideas. Suddenly you are walking through the Grand Bazaar and someone says, 'You can go up on the roof,' and then you find a way of factoring that into the story," he added.

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