The 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, which most likely not be title Carte Blanche, will be heading to India when it goes into production this November.
The Times Of India is reporting that the film has been given permission from Indian authorities to shoot the follow up to 2008’s Quantum Of Solace at several locations throughout the country. Locations specifically mentioned in the story include –
- The town of Navagam near Ahmedabad
- The beaches of Goa
- North Goa with the exception of the tunnel at Dudhsagar (south-eastern railway) and the Zuari rail bridge over the Zuari River (Konkan railways) due to security concerns.
- Delhi, specifically the streets of streets of Daryaganj, Sarojini Nagar market and Ansari Road
Given that locations can be dressed to look like someplace else, I don’t think that we can deduce too much of the upcoming film’s storyline from this news. Previous Bond films have managed to make areas in and around England’s Pinewoods Studios, where the films do all of their non-location shooting, look like everything from Fort Knox to the border between North and South Korea. Though I have to wonder if the inclusion of shooting in a business center such as Mumbai may indicate that there is some element of international business to the plot.
The film will mark Daniel Craig’s third outing as the suave secret agent, following his premier in 2006’s Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace.