Wednesday 17 July, 2019

500 Jamaicans to work on James Bond film

Producers Michael G Wilson, left, and Barbara Broccoli, right, pose for photographers with actor Daniel Craig during the photo call of the latest installment of the James Bond film franchise, currently known as 'Bond 25' in St Mary. (AP Photo)

Producers Michael G Wilson, left, and Barbara Broccoli, right, pose for photographers with actor Daniel Craig during the photo call of the latest installment of the James Bond film franchise, currently known as 'Bond 25' in St Mary. (AP Photo)

Some 500 Jamaicans are expected to participate in the production of the 25th James Bond Film, which was announced on Thursday at the Ian Fleming property, GoldenEye in Oracabessa, St Mary.

The roles will include key production and technical personnel as well as extras and walk-ons.

Film Commissioner Renee Robinson has estimated that the economic impact of the film will be significant, with production expenditure multiplying throughout the economy – from hotel rooms to catering, in both goods and services.

“This will be a bumper year for the contribution of the creative economy to local GDP, and of course, we expect (and are ready for) more large scale productions, both local and international,  to film on the island in the coming years,” Robinson said. 

She added: It has been several months behind the scenes of scouting, meetings, negotiations, and planning – with our local production personnel working beside the international crews to confirm the location and ensure that production starts smoothly."

Actress Lea Seydoux, from left, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, actors Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch pose for photographers during the photo call of the latest installment of the James Bond film franchise, currently known as 'Bond 25', in Oracabessa, St Mary. (AP: Photo)

James Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed at the film’s media launch, that the start of principal photography on the project begins on Sunday.

"We’re thrilled to return to Jamaica with Bond 25, Daniel Craig’s fifth instalment in the 007 series, where Ian Fleming created the iconic James Bond character and Dr No and Live And Let Die were filmed,” the producers said.

According to the film commisisoner, the Bond film has added to the island’s recent uptick in the production of screen-based content, which she said was based on Jamaica’s rising profile and readiness for business with the global film industry.

The Jamaican film industry is undergoing a renaissance, having also seen recent success for local productions including Storm Saulter’s, “Sprinter” and Kia Moses’ short film, “Flight”; and Idris Elba’s directorial debut “Yardie”, according to Robinson.

Robinson

From Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, the 25th James Bond Film is to be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fifth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.

Craig will be joined by Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch, both of Jamaican descent.

The 007 production will be based at Pinewood Studios in the UK, and on location in London, Italy, Jamaica and Norway.

Metro Goldwyn Mayer will release the 25th James Bond feature film domestically through their United Artists Releasing banner on April 8, 2020; through Universal Pictures International and Metro Goldwyn Mayer in the UK and internationally from April 3, 2020.

The filming of the Bond25 film was fully supported by Jamaica's Government, and is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), JAMPRO/ Jamaica Film Commission, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Fisheries (MICAF), the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES), the Ministry of Tourism (MOT), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, and partners at UDC, NWA, JDF, JCF, Municipal Parish Councils, the Ministry of National Security, Firearm Licensing Authority, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Jamaica Customs Agency, Airports Authority of Jamaica, Port Authority of Jamaica, Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA), and more.

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