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James Bond Returning To India?

By Garth Franklin Tuesday May 3rd 2011 02:41PM

He took a trip there back in the early 80's, now 007 could be returning to the Indian sub-continent to shoot sequences for the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise.

The Mid-Day newspaper (via THR) quotes an unnamed source saying "Sam Mendes recently made a hush-hush visit to Mumbai along with production designer Terry Bamber in mid-April for the film's recce. The movie will be shot in Mumbai and Goa during the monsoon season on a month-long schedule.”

The monsoon season begins in late June for about two months. Mumbai-based India Take One Productions, which worked on "Slumdog Millionaire" and recently was involved in some filming of Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" in Southern India, is said to be involved. However a spokesperson for EON Productions however says that "nothing has been confirmed yet."

Bond visited the continent before in 1983's modestly received "Octopussy". That film had Bond (Roger Moore) investigating the death of 009 and the theft of priceless jewellery. The trail leads to the wealthy exiled Afghan prince Kamal Khan and the unstable Russian General Orlov who're intent on setting off a nuclear bomb in order to force NATO to disarm its nuclear defences in Western Europe.

Much of the film was extensively shot around Udaipur, India's famed City of Lakes. The Taj Lake Palace stood in for the home of the beautiful smuggler Octopussy (Maude Adams), while the hilltop Monsoon Palace served as Kamal Khan's fortress. Some shooting also took place around Agra.

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