Goa-head for latest Bond film location

Filming on the next Bond movie is all set to Goa – after authorities agreed to allow scenes to be shot in India.

Work on the next Daniel Craig-starring adventure – currently known only as Bond 23 and due for release in 2012 – was held up while permission was granted.

At one stage there had been talk of moving the scenes to another country or delaying production.

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But now India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry is allowing locations including Delhi, Goa and Ahmedabad to be used.

Scenes from the upcoming film, to be directed by Sam Mendes, are expected to be filmed in Daryaganj, Delhi’s bazaar area, and the Sarojini Nagar flea market. Mumbai is also expected to feature.

The Bond film will join an increasing number of foreign films being shot in India, including Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi, Michael Winterbottom’s upcoming Trishna starring Freida Pinto, and John Madden-directed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel.