The latest in the James Bond films - Quantam of Solace - is due for imminent release and has followed in a long standing tradition of filming Bond scenes in Italy.
Previous films using Italian locations as a backdrop include: Casino Royale (Lake Como and Venice); From Russia with Love (Venice); the Spy who Loved Me (Sardinia); Moonraker (Venice) and For Your Eyes Only (Cortina).
Quantam of Solace picks up the story from the end of the previous film - Casino Royale - you may remember the chase through the streets of Venice, the collapse of the house with Bonds girlfriend Vesper in and Bond tracking down the mysterious Mr White to his villa on the shores of Lake Como where Bond shot him in the leg. The opening scenes see Mr White being interrogated by Bond and M (Judy Dench) in a MI6 safe house in Siena and him spilling the beans about rogue spies in the CIA and MI6.
Bond corners one of these rogue agents in Siena and the chase is on!!
Starting deep in the underground sewers that criss-cross underneath Siena, the chase is interspersed with views of the horses thundering around the Piazza del Campo above. As they emerge from the cisterns in the Fonte Gaia fountain, the Palio racers have just crossed the finish line. There are many 'crowd shots' so if any of you were at the Palio in 2007, you may just catch a glimpse of yourselves in a Bond film! (we did give you advance warning that they would be filming scenes for Bond during the Palio in an earlier newsletter). From the Piazza del Campo, the chase continues across the rooftops and even includes a jump by Daniel Craig onto a moving bus - he does most of his own stunts.
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