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|Apr 16th, 2012, 01:52 PM||#1|
Knighted 00 Agent
James Bond stuntman crashes in Istanbul bazaar
ACCIDENT ON THE SKYFALL SET
Just in from Reuters
ISTANBUL | Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:54pm EDT
(Reuters) - A stuntman in the new James Bond film "Skyfall" now shooting in Istanbul lost control of his motorcycle and smashed into the window of a 330-year-old shop in the city's 15th-century Grand Bazaar, Turkish media said on Monday.
The stuntman swerved to avoid hitting extras while careering through the Grand Bazaar at high speed, the NTV news channel said, but then crashed into the jewellery shop and smashed its crystal glass window.
"It is very nice for the Grand Bazaar to be chosen as a location for shooting this kind of movie. But the bazaar's administration ... didn't notify us the shooting would be like this," said Mete Boybeyi, the owner of the shop which once served members of the Ottoman court from the nearby palace.
"This place is regulated by the Council of Monuments. We can't even change our window without their permission," he said.
The bureaucracy involved in replacing the window would take quite some time, Boybeyi said, and that would mean the shop would remain shut and a loss of revenue.
"No one from the movie crew came to ask 'what are your losses?'," Boybeyi said. "We filed a complaint at the police station."
Skyfall, due for release in October this year, is the 23rd film in the popular and lucrative Bond series. Full details of the plot are a fiercely guarded secret, but in the film, producers say, "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her".
The 1963 Bond film "From Russia with Love" and the 1999 Bond film "The World is Not Enough" were also filmed on location in Istanbul, one of the world's most historic cities which sits on the banks of the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia.
|Apr 22nd, 2012, 11:21 AM||#4|
Knighted 00 Agent
Bond Producer Wilson Answers Turkish Media Repots on Filming Damage
Wilson Holds Turkish Press Conference
April 21, 2012.
The day before the "Skyfall" main cast and crew were due to fly out to Turkey, co-producer Michael G. Wilson held a press conference in Turkey to deal with claims made in the Turkish media about the recent Second Unit filming in Istanbul.
The "Skyfall" Second Unit recently moved filming to Istanbul after completing the first leg of shooting in the southern province of Adana.
Two of Istanbul's busiest and most crowded neighborhoods, Eminonu and Sirkeci, are being utilized for the latest shooting in Turkey's capital city. The historic Post Office in Sirkeci has been completely repainted, and various motorcycle action stunts, using stunt-doubles, have already been filmed on top of buildings at the famous Grand Bazaar. On April 17, for example, two stuntmen rode motorcycles across the top of roofs at the large market, watched by a considerable number of curious shop owners.
The press call, which took place on the morning of April 21, was held by the Bond producer to address a number of claims carried by Turkish newspapers (and subsequently reported by Reuters) that some "Skyfall" stunt filming, using motorbikes, had led to some damage to local buildings. There have been allegations, for example, that a 400-year old building on Aynacilar Street, near a jewelery shop in the iconic Grand Bazaar, was damaged on the first day of the Istanbul filming. The jewelry shop owner even called the local police to complain.
There have been also further (anonymous) claims that the Second Unit production team had damaged tiles at the bazaar, rumors that have already been strongly denied by a member of the Grand Bazaar Artisans Association, who said the tiles had already been damaged in the last restoration in 1983.
Wilson opened his remarks at the press conference by expressing his great happiness to be in Turkey, and also said he would like to thank the Turkish Ministry of Culture for all the invaluable support they have provided. He said EON have filmed in a number of countries in the past and he wanted to reassure Turkish people that the rumors about serious damage to buildings, roofs and tiles were completely unfounded.
Wilson emphasised during the conference that despite media claims that rooftops in the grand Bazaar area had been damaged, the film-makers were actually creating "an illusion" which is part of the film-making process, and the "damage" was not real. The roofs and tiles there had appeared to be damaged, but were not really. The film teams' special FX people had been extremely careful. They had removed tiles across a 100 square meter area for the shooting, and replaced them temporarily with special plastic ones brought into the country from Britain. The temporary plastic tiles were also supported with special silicone materials so that there was no damage to the roof area.
The main cast and crew of "Skyfall", including Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes, are due to arrive in Turkey on April 22, and it is thought the filming for the movie will continue until May 6.
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