‘James Bond 23’ Goes to Istanbul

And not, we note with interest, Constantinople.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

We're still waiting to hear what Sam Mendes' Bond 23 is about, let alone what it's actually called, so hearing news of where 007 is traveling, at least, comes as something of a relief. James Bond's international journeys will continue with a trip to Istanbul, not Constantinople, for the opening sequence of Bond 23. The opening sequence of a James Bond movie tends to be an action spectacular, but doesn't necessarily have a lot to do with the rest of the film.

MI6HQ broke the news (which we received via Coming Soon) that Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have met with Ertugrul Günay, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister, about shooting their latest film in Istanbul (not Constantinople) when production starts up in November. Quoth the Günay: "The opening scenes are planned to be filmed in Istanbul, but some other places will also be used outside Istanbul for the film."

Amongst the locations to be used are the historical Sultanahmet Square, but Günay reports that "There are, however, a number of locations, including the waterside and shores of the Bosporus, in consideration for the 10-15 minutes of the movie that is to be filmed in Turkey."

Bond is no stranger to Turkey, and in fact both From Russia with Love and The World is Not Enough filmed there. The producers are apparently confident enough that shooting will commence in Istanbul (as opposed to Constantinople) that they have begun searching for a Turkish actress to play the latest Bond villain's girlfriend. Outside of Turkey, James Bond is expected to spend much of his 23rd official outing in South Africa.

CraveOnline will be back with more James Bond 23 news after we get this damned They Might Be Giants song out of our heads…