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Skyfall and the Istanbul chase scene – behind the scenes

Awhile ago, my little Swedish friend Anna and I went on an adventure to Istanbul.  The trip was full of gorgeous scenery, amazing architecture and food that made me change from ‘Mexican is my favourite food’ to ‘give me mezze! Mezze! Mezze!’  But no baclava.  I ate so much of the stuff whilst I was in Turkey that my stomach now turns when I catch sight ofthe gooey mess of syrup at my local Turkish restaurant.

Unbeknownst so us (can something be ‘knownst’?), the part of the city Anna and I visited, the Spice Bazaar and the area surrounding the New Mosque, were that very day being used to shoot scenes for Skyfall.  Our first clue was when we spied the heavies and their 007 security badges.  Initially, we thought it was a very unimaginative security crew, naming themselves after a British institution.  When we ventured towards the New Mosque, this is what we saw:

Not sure what kind of food this is supposed to represent.
Pots, pans and painted foam posing as food
The Skyfall set behind me

It seems that months and months have passed while I have waited in antici…pation to see where Istanbul featured in the new Bond flick.  The throngs of people and the buzz of the streets were brilliantly captured in the movie.  The fact that it starts with Istanbul then swoops over the hard cut hills of the highlands of Scotland firmly placed this movie in my top three of the Bond franchise.  It didn’t even need to have a plot.  The settings did it for me.



I am an artist living and working in a rather gorgeous city. My art can be purchased in various shops throughout the city as well as from my online shop. Most of my work is for commission, private and corporate. I am the founder of Crash Course in Art History Limited.

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