Producers for the upcoming 22nd James Bond flick “Quantum of Solace” have decided not to film at the famed Inca Citadel of Cusco in Peru because of unpredictable weather conditions reports MI6.
According to Margarita Morales from Iguana Productions, the Peruvian company that was to assist EON, the production company “aren’t going to film anymore because special film conditions, which don’t exist anymore, were required. The suspension is mainly due to climatic changes.” Morales adds that filming had not been canceled because of protests or conflicts taking place in the region.
The production itself is continuing apace and about to finish up its several week stint in Panama which has been doubling for Bolivia in the film. The cast and crew, most notably Daniel Craig, new Bond girl Olga Kurylenko and the villain Mathieu Amalric, will arrive in Chile on March 23rd to film more scenes.
The two-week long shoot will encompass one famed location – North Chile’s Atacama desert, the driest place on Earth. Caught between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, the region hasn’t seen any significant rainfall in over four centuries. An action sequence involving a plane landing will be shot there.
Meanwhile The Daily Bulletin reports that a three-week shoot took place in Mexico early last month in which pilot Steve Hinton flew a Marchetti, an Italian military trainer jet, outfitted with machine guns. Hinton says “I’m the typical bad guy, trying to shoot down James Bond, who’s flying in another airplane.”
Finally, British actor Tim Pigott-Smith (“V for Vendetta”, “Gangs of New York”) has been cast in a small role as the British Foreign Secretary who’ll no doubt be clashing with M (Judi Dench).