Namtar here … (on location in an uncomfortable chair)

After MGM successfully leapt over its financial hurdle to continue the 007 franchise, it was doubtful the country of India would allow the studio’s cast and crew of the famous superpspy sequel to shoot on location.  Producers considered using South Africa as a backup plan in case things went awry.  Now, India’s Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has approved the filming of James Bond’s 23rd sequel in their country.  This will only be the second time a Bond movie has been filmed in India.  The last time 007 ventured into the land of Universal Brotherhood was in the 1983 film “Octopussy.”

The delay in decision making from the ministry concerned security issues and blocking the tracks in Ahmedabad and Goa for five to six days, while Daniel Craig (James Bond) films and performs stunts on a freight train.  Inconveniencing the people of India is not something the government wants to do, but they will accommodate the cast and crew as much as possible.  The powers that be in India are ecstatic to have 007 filming in their country.  Also, 007 producers are also looking at other locations like the humble Sarojini Nagar market in Delhi, and the business hub in Mumbai.

In related news items, it seems Serbian cellist Jelena Mihailovic has been chosen to write the opening score for the Bond film.  Next year, James Bond will mark its 50th anniversary since its first feature film (“Dr. No”) was released in 1962.

“James Bond 23” will hit theaters on November 9th, 2012, and stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench, Simon Russell Beale, and Rhys Ifans.  Sam Mendes will direct.