Even though production has been delayed on Bond 24 until December, the producers are still working to secure locations for the new 007 adventure. MI6 reports that Luciano Sovena, the new head of the Lazio Film Commission, has met with Bond 24 to secure an important shoot in Rome for an action-packed car chase.
Here's what Luciano Sovena had to say to members of the Italian press, although it's clear that nothing is finalized yet.
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane. I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
The Via Quattro Fontane translates into The Four Fountains, which is a group of late Renaissance fountains found at the intersection of Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale in Rome.
Here's what Luciano Sovena had to say about the franchise's return to Italy.
"Hosting the blockbuster Bond franchise is part of the strategy of Lazio Film Commission that it intends to attract large foreign productions in the region and encourage independent Italian filmmaking. Our region has all the requirements, environmental and professional, to become the most sought after locations of the movie."
Daniel Craig is returning as James Bond, alongside Skyfall stars Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny) and Ben Whishaw (Q). Sam Mendes is directing from a script by John Logan, which is currently being rewritten by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have worked on the scripts for The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.