JAMES BOND Returns to Turkey to Film Opening Sequence for 23rd Installment

Director Sam Mendes' 2012 installment of MGM's long running spy franchise will film several scenes including the project's opening in Turkey according to producers.

Daniel Craig is slated to return for director the Sam Mendes helmed 23rd James Bond film, which will continue of the origin story of MI5's Agent 007 as he adjusts to life as one of England's most specialized secret weapons. Speculations and differing reports have linked Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins, and Javier Bardem to possible nefarious roles in the anticipated sequel to Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, which has been written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. Dame Judy Dench, who is return to play the head of MI5, recently revealed that cameras were set to role for the film as early as this November. Actress Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later) has been tapped to bring the character Miss Moneypenny back to the silver screen.

The latest report from behind the scenes of the film states that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli met with Ertugrul Günay, Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister, to discuss filming prospects:

"The opening scenes are planned to be filmed in Istanbul [Turkey], but some other places will also be used outside Istanbul for the film." - Ertugrul Günay

"James Bond is no stranger to Istanbul, and as the series marks its 50th anniversary next year, it is fitting that 007 would return to one of the most loved locations in the history of the franchise. It really just feels like we are coming home." - Michael G. Wilson

The report concludes with the following information, which offers details about the film's opening: 'There are..a number of locations, including the waterside and shores of the Bosporus, in consideration for the 10-15 minutes of the movie that is to be filmed in Turkey.' The yet to be titled project is scheduled for UK theatrical release on October 26th, 2012 and worldwide release on November 9th, 2012.