ARTS&CULTURE, ISTANBUL

2011 09 09

James Bond to be shot in Istanbul

Director Sam Mendes will start shooting in a couple of weeks the latest edition of James Bond Series in Istanbul Sultanahmet Square.

The latest James Bond film, which will be starring Daniel Craig, has a special importance since it will be featured on the 50th anniversary of the series when it hit the theaters in 2012.

Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has given the green light for the shootings after necessary paperwork providing that tourists would not be disturbed.

Sultanahmet Square, which is between world famous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, will not be closed completely during shootings. Only relevant parts or streets will be closed to traffic and pedestrians so that tourists could continue sightseeing.

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