After shootings completed in Turkey’s southern province of Adana, the upcoming 007 James Bond flick, ‘Skyfall,’ is scheduled to begin shooting in Istanbul this spring.

James Bond SkyfallIstanbul will host the cast and crew of “Skyfall,” the next movie in the James Bond franchise and one of the most eagerly anticipated titles of the year. Starting April 16, Istanbul’s busiest and most crowded neighbourhoods, Eminönü will welcome Daniel Craig, who has been portraying James Bond since 2006’s “Casino Royale” and the recently announced addition to the cast, Tonia Sotiropoulou.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, Istanbul Governor’s Office and Fatih Municipality are supporting the film which is directed by Sam Mendes. Shooting in Istanbul is scheduled to take place between April 16th to May 6th around the major landmarks of the Egyptian Bazaar, and Yeni Cami Square.

‘Skyfall’ will see Daniel Craig and Judi Dench continue their roles. The cast also includes Naomie Harris as a field agent named Eve, Javier Bardem as the main villain, Ben Whishaw as Q, Albert Finney, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner.

This latest Bond movie is being shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, Scotland, Whitehall in London, Shanghai and Istanbul. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. ‘Skyfall’ will begin its worldwide roll-out in the UK and Ireland on October 26th, in Turkey on 2 November and a North American release following on November 9th. The Director of Photography is Roger Deakins, a nine-time Oscar nominee who previously shot the films ‘Jarhead’ and ‘Revolutionary Road’ for Mendes. Composer Thomas Newman will score the film.