Filming is to begin on the 25th James Bond film, as yet untitled, in Jamaica, where author Ian Fleming wrote all of the original novels starring the British secret service agent.
This is the first time the island nation will be used as a location for a Bond film since ‘Live and Let Die’ in 1973, and which also served as the setting for the first Bond film, ‘Dr. No’, in 1962. This is also the first return to the Caribbean for the franchise since ‘Casino Royale’, filmed in 2006 in The Bahamas.
The launch event for the film was held at Fleming’s former home, the Goldeneye estate, in Oracabessa, and where producer Barbara Broccoli was quoted as saying Jamaica is the “spiritual home” of Bond.
The production will employ some 500 Jamaicans, among them production and technical personnel and extras, the country’s trade and investment agency’s (JAMPRO) film commissioner Renee Robinson was quoted by local media as saying.
Two of the film’s actors, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch, are of Jamaican descent.