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All About Italy (USA) - - Contents - Giorgio Migliore

The 24 James Bond movies have been set all over the world, with the agent trav­el­ing through­out Europe, Amer­ica, and Asia. In Italy so far, 007 has car­ried out mis­sions in Cortina, Venice, Siena, and Rome, but the next one will take him fur­ther south to Mat­era, the 2019 Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture.

‘Bond 25‘ (this is how the ti­tle­less movie is cur­rently be­ing re­ferred to), will once more star Daniel Craig as Her Majesty’s se­cret agent, un­der the di­rec­tion of Cary Fuku­naga who re­places Danny Boyle. Ac­cord­ing to Va­ri­ety, the town of 60,000 people will pro­vide the set­ting for what is ex­pected to be­come “Bond 25’s” pro­logue ac­tion se­quence, sim­i­lar to “Spec­tre’s” open­ing seg­ment in Mex­ico City dur­ing Day of the Dead cel­e­bra­tions. Ap­par­ently, at the end of De­cem­ber, the pro­duc­tion signed an agree­ment with the lo­cal Coun­cil to start shoot­ing on April 6th in the vicin­ity of the cathe­dral, Pi­azza del Sedile, Via Ri­dola and Pi­azza San Francesco among other ar­eas.

The stun­ning Sassi di Mat­era con­sists of a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, and monas­ter­ies dat­ing back over 9000 years are in the dis­tricts of Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano – bet­ter known as the ‘Sassi di Mat­era’ – and make it one of the old­est living ci­ties in the world. More­over, with its crown of honey-stoned houses perched above a ravine, Mat­era can boast a unique land­scape.

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