Like the Big Mac index, Bond films are also a good indicator if you want know which is the 'centre' of the world (economically speaking) at this point of time. So we are not surprised that 007, the ace Brit hunk-secret agent is coming to India after a gap 28 years (the Roger Moore-starring Octopussy being shot in Udaipur 1983) to shoot a new movie, Bond 23. The film will be released in 2012 and Daniel Craig will star as Her Majesty's most dangerous spy on a mission. The film will join an increasing number of foreign movies that have been permitted to be shot in the India. According to a Forbes report, 22 films including Mission Impossible, Life of Pi, Singularity and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had been given the go-ahead.
Since India is India and it works in a peculiar fashion that can be called 'Bloody !ncredible India', it wasn't easy even for Bond. Initially, his charm failed to make an impression on officialdom and the latter denied permission to shoot in certain spots citing "security concerns". So apparently, the producers decided to move to South Africa, our fellow member of that MI6-sounding entity called BRICS. And when the news spread, South Africans started counting their Rand even before James could hatch a plan on how how to kill his newest enemy in the most delightful way.
But by then, we guess, our babus had already woken up and brushed up their non-Bond skills to give a clearance for shooting at Sarojini Nagar Market and Ansari Road in Delhi as well as in some spots in Gujarat and Goa too. While the Delhi spots are not exactly what we would call exotic, we think that these hotspots would suit the gritty Daniel Craig version of 007 much better than some swanky place. In any case, he won't be running across St Mark's Square in Venice or cablewalking above Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro but through the maze and mess of Dilli where to survive, he will have to dodge cows, carts, cycles and phatpahtis. So here's a tip for Mr Bond: when in India, do as Indians do - just take it as they come. If there's anything he'll find odd, it's that he, never mind his martini, will be shaken and stirred.