As the next James Bond film gets ready to film on location in India, the government there has requested that producers change an action sequence that is scripted to take place on top of a moving train.
According to The Guardian, the Indian government requested the rewrite as the “planned action sequence showing people travelling on the roof of a state-run train service,” citing Indian Railways minister Dinesh Trivedi as saying “Rooftop travel is illegal in India and it cannot be encouraged… There are many trains in India and not all trains have people travelling on the rooftops.”
As scripted, the scene would have involved British secret agent James Bond, being played by Daniel Craig, jumping from a motorcycle on to the top of a moving train in pursuit of a bad guy. The scene will remain basically the same, though without any travelers riding on top of the train to interfere with Bond’s progress.
Previously, the Bond franchise has only shot on location in India once before, for 1983’s Octopussy. That film also had an action sequence set on top of a train which was also curiously passenger-free.
Of course, jumping a motorcycle onto a moving train is not a stunt that will be unique to Bond 23. Future Bond girl Michelle Yeoh did it in the 1992 Jackie Chan film Police Story: Supercop.