As reported, in Norwegian of course, by NRK today, more details about the filming of Bond 25 have leaked from a forest close to Oslo. I’m happy to bring this news to English language speakers.
In February news broke across Norwegian media that the production team of the new James Bond film, rumoured to be titled Shatterhand, was building a lodge at Langvann, on the border between Oslo and Nittedal (about 25 minutes from the centre of Oslo).
Reports further announced the casting of a child actor, Maya Khosrowshahi, and that she had been employed for a scene where she is to shoot an intruder, before she is chased onto an ice lake by another intruder. This would certainly fit with the location and could be tied in with another rumour that the film will contain the first-ever flashback sequence in a Bond film (possibly involving a younger version of Léa Seydoux’s character from SPECTRE).
On Monday, local newspaper, Vårt Oslo, reported barriers and tents had been erected at Lutvann in Oslo, and speculated whether parts of the filming had been moved to this new location.
They also reported how former politician Steinar Saghaug had been met with brusque resistance from security guards at the barriers, who informed him they were carrying out “state water testing” to put him off the scent.
Sensing a little espionage was taking place, the local newspaper contacted the City Council to confirm the water testing only to be given a flat denial, but the council refused to comment further on what actually is taking place at the lake.
NRK report they have seen documents which reveal this section of filming will take place between March 25 and April 2.
To facilitate this, air traffic in the area will be restricted temporarily, as the production will use helicopters flying at low altitude and at high-speed. Permission has also been granted for the use of other motorized vehicles.
These filming dates are highly interesting, since rumours have been swirling around that Eon will hold the traditional commencement of filming Press Conference at the beginning of April, to formally confirm the film’s title amongst other details.
If this is the case, the commencement of filming announcement would be somewhat dubious if filming has already begun near Oslo.
This new Bond film is causing its own intrigue offscreen in Norway!
Bond 25, whatever it ends up being called, is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and is scheduled for release on April 8, 2020.
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