While 'Bond 23' might have found an actress to play the coveted female role, director Sam Mendes has scheduled to shoot the opening scene in Istanbul, Turkey.
The question of who will play the new Bond girl might have been answered. Twitch has broken the news that French beauty Berenice Marlohe has been tapped to take on the coveted part, starring opposite Daniel Craig in the upcoming "Bond 23".
Marlohe is a French actress who aims to make a transition from television to the big-screen. She is currently shooting a movie directed by James Huth, called "Un Bonheur N'arrive Jamais Seul".
Before Marlohe, it was rumored that Brazilian model Ana Araujo was close to secure the part. Earlier this September, the girlfriend of rocker Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones was reportedly competing with Naomie Harris for the coveted role.
While Craig seems to have found his on-screen lady for the latest 007 film, director Sam Mendes reportedly will shoot the opening scenes in Turkey. MI6-HQ shared that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have met Turkish government to sign a deal to shoot the scenes in Istanbul.
"The opening scenes are planned to be filmed in Istanbul, but some other places will also be used outside Istanbul for the film," Ertugrul Gunay, Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister said. The site that will be used for the production include Sultanahmet Square, a historical neighborhood in the city. "There are, however, 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," so the Minister added.
The upcoming Bond movie will be the third one to be shot in Istanbul after "From Russia with Love" and "The World Is Not Enough". "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," Wilson said. "It really just feels like we are coming home."