New James Bond to be filmed in SA

2011-09-27 10:57
Cape Town – It’s official. Production on the new Bond film will be moved from India to South Africa, reports Cover Media.

Frustrating battles with red tape drove production on Bond 23 away after the film’s producers reportedly asked that sections of a railroad in both Ahmedabad and Goa be cordoned off in order to film a massive action sequence.

Speculation suggested that the local Indian government was reluctant to allow EON Productions to shoot the action-packed movie, and a back-up plan of shooting in South Africa was kept on hold should an agreement not be reached.

Despite India Railways’ claim that permission was granted to shoot on site, India Take One Productions have announced to The Times of India newspaper that an official EON note had scrapped plans to continue filming in India.

Daniel Craig

Executive director of Indian Railways Chandralekha Mukherjee said the following regarding the matter:

"We’d given them all the permissions. They 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," he said.

"The matter was finalised by 13 September. 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."

The as-yet-untitled 23rd Bond film will see British actor Daniel Craig reprise the role of the famous MI6 agent and superspy for the third time since his debut in Casino Royale in 2006. Quantum of Solace followed in 2008.

The film will be the first action project for award winning director Sam Mendes, and is set for release in November 2012.


  • Gooofy - 2011-09-27 11:31

    The bond car will probably be a taxi LOL

      realist03 - 2011-09-27 14:03

      ANOTHER blerry agent oh nooooo,,,well im sure the movie will blend in and no one will even notice it being filmed especially all the violent scenes,luckily most the genocide and civil war will be up north and not so much in the western cape,whew what a relief.i wonder if skilema will be dr evil and except using his pinky finger to request a million dollars will be sucking his thumb wishing for nationalisation and the sound track to the movie will be "kill the boer"

      Bobbejaan - 2011-09-27 14:06

      The fat chick from some trailer park in Vanderbijlpark with ObieKonobie with his mullet & the XR6 being the getaway driver!

      ObieKonobie - 2011-09-27 14:08

      Nice one Bobs, that made me laugh

      Liberty - 2011-09-27 15:39

      And watch out for the taxi drivers, the carjackers, atm bombers, rapists and murderers 007!

      Succubus - 2011-09-27 20:26

      Julius, watch out!!! Here comes another bloody agent!!!!

      NZdreamer - 2011-09-28 06:17

      Well done to SA, it is after all a beautiful Country. But, the film crew must remember to bolt and lock everything down, as it will not be there for the next take.

  • JDW - 2011-09-27 11:31

    Fantastic and it will be in Cape Town cannot think of a better place, some serious scenes between Bantry Bay and llandudno.

      Foxx - 2011-09-27 12:03

      What train is that between Bantry Bay and llandudno?

      Joe_Public - 2011-09-27 12:13

      Loads of places for scenes... Kloofnek Signal Hill Table Mountain Camps Bay Chapman's Peak Kirstenbosch Groot Constantia Simonstown etc.. etc.. etc..

      RonJ - 2011-09-27 12:39

      I was thinking Kayalitja. Think the new movie will be called Black Dawn, or Black Prawn, or something like that ...

      DirtyDog - 2011-09-27 14:28

      Nowhere does it state that filming will take place in Cape Town! It is impossible to get a motorcycle to land on a train in Cape Town. All the lines are electrified. Would have to be one of the older non-powered lines where diesel-electrics are the only alternative.

      ThePranksta - 2011-09-27 14:46

      First two words in the article: Cape Town – It’s official. Production on the new Bond film will be moved from ...... If I remember correctly the electrically powered lines stop at Stellenbosch.

      leon.homan - 2011-09-27 19:52

      @DirtyDog - We ARE talking about James Bond here. I don't see a few thousand volts stopping him from jumping :-)

      SLaw - 2011-09-27 22:25

      @THEPRANKSTA: All the "Cape Town -" means is which office the article was written in

      Snob - 2011-09-27 22:38

      you can add Parow to that list aswell is Kraaifontein

      JDW - 2011-09-28 06:54

      This story is only now on News 24 but in the local media this has been mentioned weeks ago already, and that Cape Town have given there Full co-operation and they will do whatever it takes to have the movie shot in Cape Town so that is no secret. Just Imagine the exposure on the International market once the movie hits the circuit PRICELESS!!!

  • Francois - 2011-09-27 11:35

    Will work yes, there's many thousands of kilometers of railways that's not used anymore here in SA, because the government is not maintaining it. They wouldn't even need to ask for it to be closed, all they need is to set a engine and some coaches on it and they good to go, I doubt anybody would even notice...

      Wizard101 - 2011-09-27 12:33

      But those tracks are either stolen or so rusted that no train can run there.Half way through the scene the power goes out because EKSDOM does load shedding.

  • Werner Havenga - 2011-09-27 11:48

    The opening sceen in Jo'burg Bond gets hijacked and fiercely tries to free himself from the boor of his car while the confused highjackers try to figure out what all the buttons on his dashboard does..

      FE7 - 2011-09-27 12:02

      or maybe bond will make his car invisible everytime he stops at a robot to avoid the guys selling car chargers but to his surprise the smash and grab guys outsmart his futuristic gadgets with a soap spray bottle to make him visible and a spark plug to shatter his window....... and not forgeting bond will be played by a new actor..... Julius Malema!

      Liberty - 2011-09-27 15:41

      no he frantically tries to free himself from the back of a Toyota Hi Ace

      Ho - 2011-09-28 08:03

      Opening scene..Bond is trapped by High Impact African Culling Equipment (Hi-Ace) He desperately tries to flee, but is prevented from doing so by the fare-collector, along with the goats, chickens, and a last ditch effort, he manages to press the hooter for help...instead, 17 more passengers climb on board, and he is last seen in section 6 of Soweto...

  • pampoenskil - 2011-09-27 12:02

    At last now I will meet the father of my Children. ;-)

      ObieKonobie - 2011-09-27 12:07

      Dr Evil doesn't appear in the bond series

      bonny - 2011-09-27 13:09

      But what about Gold Member?

      Gazza69 - 2011-10-03 10:57


  • Wizard101 - 2011-09-27 12:37

    Will not be able to high speed chase because of the potholes and the speedcops.They will also be chased out of the way with the blue lights.

      GH - 2011-09-27 13:56

      It's Cape Town, not Joburg. Well done to the Capetonians for seeing and grabbing the opportunity!

      DeonL - 2011-09-27 15:40

      Ha Ha, yes we do not tolerate either potholes or blue lights.

  • renesh.rambalie - 2011-09-27 12:55

    dont you think Juju would be a pretty good Dr

      ObieKonobie - 2011-09-27 13:08

      Only if he dies in the opening scene

      Liberty - 2011-09-27 15:43

      Ja he is the nemesis of Bond the imperialist

      Succubus - 2011-09-27 20:36

      . 007: Hello, my name is Bond, James Bond. . Dr Juju: Hey! Get out of here! ...You bloody agent!! .

  • bonny - 2011-09-27 13:08

    Daniel Craig..Yum Yum.

  • Samora - 2011-09-27 13:13

    Juju plays Odd-Job

      Gazza69 - 2011-10-03 10:58

      ....more like hand-job!

  • shrubber - 2011-09-27 13:20

    "re-enforced"??? Sigh.........

  • Nic - 2011-09-27 13:31

    Wow Juju, some goos news buddy, you will meet a real bloody agent at last!!!

  • lenyora - 2011-09-27 13:57

    ...come to South Africa ... there will ne no shortage of Aston Martins and Breitling watches!!! ... you can even do your train scene on top of the Gautrain!!!

      ObieKonobie - 2011-09-27 14:09

      Those kids from Soweto can show them how to train surf

  • Bobbejaan - 2011-09-27 14:10

    Steve Hofmeyer playing ET! a scene where some Boertjies & their khakhi shorts (complete with combs on the side of their socks) on horseback in Ventersdorp chasing after James Bond!

  • Jeff - 2011-09-27 14:18

    They must come to durban!! Capetown's to windy and your beach's are crap :D

      ThePranksta - 2011-09-27 14:38

      Last time I checked there were 5 or 6 blue flag beaches in Cape Town and zero in Durban. This is mainly due to the large amount of crap on the Durban beaches.

      Andre Hartslief - 2011-09-28 10:29

      The deal was that the entire film will be shot in Green-point stadium to finally earn it's keep.

  • d.j.brits - 2011-09-27 15:20

    its sa they will steal the train and the motor cycle while they are filming........

  • Elise - 2011-09-27 15:42

    Cool! Daniel Craig is incredibly sexy! Im excited.. will be relocating to CT for the duration of filming :)

  • sipholess - 2011-09-27 17:21

    Last night the ANC demanded that the new james bond be a.....wheelchair- bound black women with one eye !.......Fantastic !!!!!!!

  • JedEye - 2011-09-27 22:48

    Double brandy & coke... shaken not stirred...

  • Andries - 2011-09-28 04:49

    Daniel Craig is simply not fitting the profile for the James Bond character. He is not in the same class as a Sean Connery, Roger Moore or Pierce Brosnan. I've lost interest in the Bond movies, so as far as I'm concerned they can do the filming in Zimbabwe!

      Nkutist - 2011-09-28 10:35

      Thank you Andries.... The dude its a big brutish oaf with no sense of class and charm!!! They've so killed james bond for me. It use to be a dangerous romantic thriller and now its more like an Arnold Schwatzneger movie... James bond is meant to be a simple smart pretty boy who can kick ass without doing too much work while at the same time picking up women without effort. He can't even pull of the "I'm Bond, James Bond!!" Yeah i can imagine JM as the bad guy and a shower scene with Jacob Zuma!!!

  • nstengile - 2011-09-28 09:32

    seems that a section of the south african society will remain negative & posting stupid and derogatory comments. pretty much the same as before the world cup!! I'm not surprised.

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