Thursday, 29 September 2011

James Bond Producers in Istanbul - Skyfall

Skyfall 007 - Istanbul Turkey

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are on the move and they have stopped in Istanbul to visit Ertuğrul Günay, Turkey's Minister of Culture and Tourism.  They have come to Turkey, a Bond 23 location, to give the Minister information regarding the film.
“The opening scenes are planned to be filmed in Istanbul, but some other places will also be used outside Istanbul for the film,” said Günay.
James Bond in Turkey in Skyfall
Günay commented on the world scale of a James Bond movie “Some places where these films were made have become attractive for tourists. The fact that the opening scene of the film will be made in Turkey will contribute to Turkish tourism. The ministry has been providing big support to the film sector for five years; our filmmakers win international awards. Our goal is to bring international producers to our country, and we do our best to assist foreign filmmakers who want to work here.”

Michael G. Wilson, enjoying the Turkish hospitality said, “It is a great pleasure for us to be in Istanbul for the 50th anniversary of the series.”
“We are proud to see that James Bond is still a well-known character in Turkey,” Barbara Broccoli said.  As a gift to Günay, Wilson and Broccoli gave him a collectors edition of the 007 series.  
Casting isn't finalized yet but the names should be out ver soon as the principle photography will commence in November.  Ralph Fiennes and Javiar Bardem have Craig remarking, "I hope so, I hope so."
Stay connected to Station C Canada for the latest in all things 007.Skyfall 007 - Turkey, Istanbul

Monday, 26 September 2011

Bond 23 - India Revoked

Eon Productions, the production company of the 007 series, had recently been in talks with India regarding shooting in the country.  Everything was in place and they were just finishing up some final details regarding a stunt on a train.  Station C Canada learned that as of 22 September 2011, Eon Productions have sent an official document to the Indian Ministry's saying that plans to come to India have been cancelled.
Indian Ministry representatives also concur with this report via the Times an Indian News Paper.  

It seems that all the delays and uncertainty regarding the stunts on the railway line have forced EON to look elsewhere for a suitable shooting location.  

South Africa. 

South African news papers were mocking the Indian authorities due to the delays.  

Chandralekha Mukherjee, an Indian Railways representative, told the Times insisting it was not their fault, "We'd given them all the permissions. They wanted to shoot in the Sabarmati yard and had asked to shoot on two gauges - broad gauge and meter gauge - and they wanted these for seven-hour stretches every day for seven days in a row, and we'd agreed. All had been worked out. They also wanted to shoot between Mumbai and Goa on the hero train, and wanted a special shot where a motorcycle from a bridge would jump on to a train, and the coach on which he'd jump needed to be re-enforced, and we agreed."

"The matter was finalised by September 13. But a week later, we were informed that after an international discussion, the production team decided not to shoot in India. We've been very cooperative with them. We had ourselves hoped that the movie would be shot here," she added.

So the Production Team will be shifting their efforts to South Africa and continue with location scouting there.  Istanbul, Turkey and Pinewood Studios London remain the other confirmed shooting locations for the up coming movie.  

Station C Canada will continue to bring you the latest in all things Bond. 

James Bond Poker on the High Seas

The Villains and Voodoo Tour has wrapped up and David Zaritsky has produced a special look inside the fun.  This video shows us the poker game that was played on a sea day in between locations.

If you missed the cruise, have a view of the video to see what you missed.  It's always a good time when you get this gang together.  Enjoy.

Station C Canada will continue to bring you the latest in all things Bond.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

James Bond Filming Locations - One and Only - Ocean Club - Nassau - Casino Royale

 When James Bond visited the Bahamas in Casino Royale, he was following a lead which brought him to the Ocean Club on Paradise IslandThe Ocean Club is located east of Atlantis Hotel just a short drive down the road.  

As Bond is walking into the rear entrance of the Ocean Club he cuts through the pool and garden.  The garden is amazing and the pictures don't do it justice.  

The poker game that Bond attends is located in the library right near the reception at the Ocean Club.  The bar that Bond orders his "Large Mount Gay and Soda" is there and the bartenders are more than friendly to talk about filming with you.  
The far stool on the left is where Solange is sitting drinking a martini.
Mount Gay and Soda

Bar - Solange sat on the left
Poker Room
Security Room?  Or broom closet?
If you are looking for a good place for lunch and enjoy more rum and cokes you can move out near the water to a restaurant called Dune.  From here you can see this island that the Disco Volante crashed into in Thunderball. 

View from Dune
Island that the Disco Volante crashed into in Thunderball
Further down the beach to the east is the ocean view villa that 007 stayed at.  

Rear entrance to the Ocean club leading the libary
If you make it to the Bahamas make sure you make a day trip for lunch to the One and Only Ocean Club.  You won't forget it.

Also be sure to view a previous 007 Travel Post.
007 Travel - Key West Location 

If you enjoy the 007 Travel portion of Station C Canada be sure to check out the previous posts.  More 007 Travel will arrive on Station C Canada so check back often.  

Saturday, 24 September 2011

John Gardner James Bond Reprints - Boxset Image

Fantastic news! has given us the first look at the new box set of the first 5 James Bond novels by John Gardner.  The box set will be released on November 10th and at this time it is available for pre-order.  Get yours now because the initial print run will only be 200 copies.

The box set will feature the 30th Anniversary book Licence Renewed along with John Gardner's books featuring the return of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.  For Special Services, Icebreaker, Role of Honour and Nobody Lives For Ever finish off the set. The price has also come down from 80 pounds to 44.80 making it a great deal on

Thursday, 22 September 2011

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Daniel Craig Teases Bond 23 Title

The 23rd Bond film may have a title but Daniel Craig is keeping his mouth shut about it.  (under the Official Secrets Act?)
On her Twitter account, CNN correspondent Andrea Mineo wrote:

"I think I'm interviewing Daniel Craig shortly.  Bond baby."

Shortly after writing this she updated her status with:

"So Daniel Craig just told me they are starting the next James Bond film and it's got a title but he wouldn't tell me it."

Will the Bond 23 title be an Ian Fleming title?
Pinewood Studios will be busy this November as production team will start shooting.  In the past the principle cast won't start filming scenes for another few months.  Continue to follow Station C Canada for the very latest coverage on Bond 23.

Risico LLC: From Russia With Love Train Photo

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

John Gardner James Bond Reprints - Boxset Pre-order

For those who have not yet bought the new releases of John Gardner's James Bond novels you still have a chance.  The first five books will be reissued in a box set that will become available on 3 November 2011.

Box Set out 3 November 2011

The box set will feature the 30th Anniversary book Licence Renewed along with John Gardner's books featuring the return of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.  For Special Services, Icebreaker, Role of Honour and Nobody Lives For Ever finish off the set. The price has also come down from 80 pounds to 44.80 making it a great deal on

This is the link:

No sign on what the official box set will look like yet.

Continue to follow The Book Bond for the latest literary 007 news.  

Saturday, 17 September 2011


When on or off assignments you can usually find 007 sipping champagne more times than his famous vodka martini.  Where Connery and Lazenby's Bond preferred Dom Perignon, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig all drink Bollinger.  (Moore enjoyed both.)

Ian Fleming even featured Bollinger in his stories and at present the 007 producers have an agreement with Champagne Bollinger to be featured in the films.  

The Bond films that have featured Bollinger are Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.  

Madame Lilly Bollinger's quote:
"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty."(1899-1977)

No doubt we will see the Champagne featured in Bond 23.  

Sir Sean Connery Will Never Star in a Movie Again

In a recent interview in the Telegraph, Sir Michael Caine has said that Sir Sean Connery will never star in a movie again.  It seems that the movie business has retired him as they weren't giving him any more lead roles and he didn't want to be playing any small parts as an old man.

Hopefully Sean will change his mind some day.  If you have a good script about a golfer in Nassau maybe he'd change his mind.

Never Say Never Again, Sean.
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