The five-week Rome leg of the film shoot for the next James Bond movie “Spectre” gets underway today and new details have emerged about the filming set to take place in the legendary Italian city.
The Museum of Roman Civilization will stand in for a cemetery in the movie with fake headstones currently being attached to the museum’s marble colonnade. The production reportedly tried to use the city’s Verano cemetery for a funeral scene, but the religious order known as the Archconfraternity of the Departed vetoed that.
Heavy cranes are also being installed in readiness to fish out one or more cars from the Tiber river following a high-speed chase sequence set to be filmed, a chase which also involves a Fiat 500 being crushed.
BadTaste.it adds that the chase will take place at night and along the famed Via Nomentana road. Filming on that sequence takes place on March 8th and lights will be placed on certain terraces of buildings overlooking Via Nomentana until Montesacro.
More foot-oriented chases will reportedly be staged around the cobblestone alleys near the Trevi Fountain and around the Piazza Navona, Borgo Pio, the Milvian Bridge, and in the vicinity of the Vatican. A thrilling scene is said to be in the works around the triangle between Via Barberini, Via Quattro Fontane and Via Nazionale
Other sequences are expected to include James Bond parachuting from a helicopter onto the 15th century Ponte Sisto bridge, whilst cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema is expected to make use of drones to deliver some spectacular shots. Production offices are based at Cinecitta Studios for the length of this shoot which follows on from filming in Solden, Austria for the past few weeks.