Filming of James Bond flick begins In Jamaica

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The James Bond franchise is back in Jamaica for the 25th instalment of the popular series.

Production began in Portland Monday, with scenes also set to be shot in the Corporate Area during the month-long stint on the island.

Michael G Wilson and his sister Barbara Broccoli are co-producers of the James Bond films. Both were in Jamaica last week for the launch of Bond 25 at GoldenEye in St Mary, the location where the famous spy was created by British author Ian Flemming.

For the producers, Jamaica is Bond's spiritual home and therefore it was a no-brainer to shoot this instalment here. However, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer, both shared the need for the local authorities to follow the lead of other territories in offering incentives to lure the major studios to shoot on our shores.

"We believe that Jamaica is Bond's spiritual home and so the story begins with Bond who has left the service temporarily and is trying to enjoy life and so he comes to the place that is his home, where he wants to be when he's not working. We've built an amazing house for him here and we have his boat here... it's where he comes to remind himself of what is important in the world and find peace in all the chaos," Broccoli told the Sunday Observer.

They were, however, quick to point out that despite the sentimental connections to Jamaica, any other tropical location could have become the backdrop for this new Bond flick which will see British actor Daniel Craig reprise the role of Agent 007. Both pointed to the level of incentives being offered to film producers in other countries, something that is not available here in Jamaica.