Everyone in the capital Mexico City should now be aware that a James Bond film is being made as loud shouts of “ACTION!” filled the streets around Zócalo Square at the second day of filming in the capital. Enormous Catrina figures could be seen as well as skulls, marigolds, confetti, gifts and many extras in special costumes. The level of detail is incredible and is somewhat reminiscent of the opening sequence for ‘LIVE AND LET DIE’ (1973) which partly revolved around colourful funeral rituals in New Orleans as well as the Voodoo cult.
Marcela, a 22 year old design student comments on the parade: “It´s pretty interesting how they portray our country and its traditions with all the flowers, Catrinas and skeletons.” Marcela is excited about the film partially being shot in Mexico and said she didn´t mind that some roads were being closed for that.
The head of the Federal District, mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, said that Mexico City beat New York and Singapore to host the filming while the Federal Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, adds filming would create a huge economic benefit for the country resulting in thousands of dollars spent by the production team for accomodation and food consumption. More than 2.500 technical and creative artisans as well as extras specifically cast for the scenes in the capital have a job thanks to the big budget production. Mayor Mancera also adds that it is of course not the first time that a Bond film is being shot in Mexico, it is however “the first time that Mexico City is clearly identifiable.”
It is not the first time that Mexico has appeared in the history of James Bond: ‘LICENCE TO KILL’, Timothy Daltons second outing as agent 007, was partly filmed on location in Mexico City as well as in the Villa Arabesque in Acapulco. Mexican actors such as Pedro Armendáriz (‘FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE’, 1963) or Joaquín Cosio (‘QUANTUM OF SOLACE’, 2008) have also contributed their talent to the franchise.
Miguel Alemán Magnani, President of the Alemán Group, said the company is supporting the filming of ‘SPECTRE’ in Mexico. In a speech during the presentation of the details of the film, the businessman said that filming in Mexico City reflects the commitment of the Ministry of Tourism, the Government of the City, as well as the Vidanta and Alemán Group. “I am honored to report that the Alemán Group is supporting the filming of the new film in the Bond series, which highlights the cultural and architectural riches of the Mexico City,” said Alemán Magnani. He noted, that the film represents a strategy to promote Mexico internationally and stressed that tourism is a key element of the economy. “We have always been involved in supporting the implementation of international advertising projects in Mexico,” said the businessman while stressing that the Alemán Group has tried to encourage tourism and better the image of Mexico in the world.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”6″ gal_title=”Mexico 03″]