U.k. Too Expensive For James Bond
Despite lucrative tax incentives offered by the British government, the next James Bond movie may not be shot in Britain because of the high costs of doing so, producer Michael Wilson has told the British trade publication Screen Daily. Every Bond movie has been filmed at Pinewood Studios near London beginning with Dr. No in 1962. "London is the most expensive city in the world right now," he said, adding that in producing Casino Royale, the latest Bond film, it had been difficult "to bring talent here and put them up here for long periods of time. ... The cost of doing business here is a factor." Wilson's comments came as final preparations were being made for the London premiere tonight (Tuesday) of Casino Royale attended by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.