The Italian Capital is set to provide a stunning backdrop to the new James Bond film
If you’re planning to be city breaking in Rome early next year, you could be in with the chance of catching some cinematic action happening right before your eyes, for it has been announced that several key scenes for the forthcoming, as yet untitled, new James Bond film are to be shot on the streets of the Eternal City.
According to reports, three action scenes, including high-speed car chases, will take place right in the historical heart of the city. Locations will include the famous Corso Vittorio Emanuale II, connecting the Piazza Venezia to the River Tiber; the Borgo Vittorio on the edge of Vatican City where an iconic Fiat 500 will meet an untimely demise; the Lungotevere running alongside the Tiber; and the Ponte Sisto, a 15th-century footbridge spanning the Tiber onto which 007 is expected to parachute from a helicopter.
Filming is due to take place between mid-February and mid-March, with the city’s Cinecitta studios providing a central setting for many of the film’s other scenes. Other locations include the stunning, 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta, originally built for the Bourbon kings of Naples in Campania and regarded by many as the Versailles of Italy, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Serbia will also provide a backdrop to the film.
The film, the 24th in the James Bond series and the second outing for director, Sam Mendes, is due for release next autumn.