Cape Town may have to wait to see 007 in a cable car shoot out on Table Mountain. The persuasive rumours circulating the industry and the internet that had the next Bond movie filmed on location in Cape Town, with a script from the latest Bond novel Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver, have proved to be unfounded.
The details of Bond 23 were finally announced in a November press conference – the movie is titled Skyfall and is based on one of Ian Fleming’s novels. Daniel Craig will star as Bond with Judi Dench continuing as M, and Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney in undisclosed roles.
Some of the speculation on a South African James Bond movie started when director Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli came to South Africa on a location scout in April 2011. While it is not entirely ruled out that there may be scenes set here, it now sounds unlikely with shooting scheduled in Shanghai and other parts of China and opening scenes set in Istanbul.
However the summer season of film production in Cape Town is already off to a busy start, so 007 may not even be missed, there’s plenty of shaken not stirred glamour to be found on location in and around the city as it is – and who knows, maybe he will get around to visiting South Africa in a year or two, when Carte Blanche eventually does get made into a movie.
Looks like something out of a James Bond movie? You’d be right! Hotel Palacio in Estoril was one of the locations used for the filming of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969, the movie known for bridging the gap between Sean Connery and Roger Moore as 007.
George Lazenby was Bond and the movie showed to mixed critical acclaim, but that has nothing to do with stunning settings and scenery. Filmed on location in Portugal, Switzerland and England, it does of course always bear the hallmark Bond style and glamour.The Hotel Palacio has retained its five star elegance in the intervening years, modernizing itself to include a Banyan Tree spa and conveniently next door to the Estoril casino. It’s also a gentle stroll from Cascais, another location used in the movie and the famous Guincho beach where the opening sequences of the movie were filmed.
So whether you are looking for an iconic hotel for a luxury beach holiday, or a stunning film location for your next production, Hotel Palacio has still got what it takes. And the welcoming doorman will probably remember the shooting of the movie if you ask, having been working there for over 40 years!
If film production rather than holiday style is what you’re thinking of, check out Prinz Productions who have film production offices in Lisbon and can facilitate at this or other locations in Portugal.