Producers of new James Bond film SPECTRE refused permission to shoot car chase in Rome
Producers of James Bond's new outing SPECTRE have been refused permission to shoot a high-octane car chase scene in the centre of Rome.
The filmmakers had hoped to film a high-speed car chase at the famous Quattro Fontane (Four Fountains) crossroads, but local officials have denied permission as the fountains are currently undergoing a $400,000 renovation.
According to a local paper, the scene would have seen Bond race his Aston Martin around Rome in a night-time chase through the narrow streets, taking the car near the Vatican and past the Fountains intersection in the city centre.
Speaking about this, Federica Galloni, a city official, told the Il Messaggero newspaper: “We have not authorized the sequence at the Quattro Fontane because it is too fragile in terms of architecture.”
Galloni added that filmmakers had been asked to recreate the scene with special effects, rather than shooting on the site.
Details of SPECTRE were unveiled before Christmas by director Sam Mendes, the film sees Christoph Waltz, Monica Belucci and Lea Seydoux joining the cast and Daniel Craig returning as Bond for a fourth time.
Waltz will play a character named Oberhauser, not, as rumoured, the classic Bond villain Blofeld, Belucci will play a character named Lucia Sciarra, while Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Lea Seydoux will portray a character named Madeleine Swann.
Sherlock star Andrew Scott is also joining the cast, playing a character named Denbigh who works at MI6. He will join the returning Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris, who all reprise their roles. Guardians Of The Galaxy star Dave Bautista is also in the cast, playing a henchman named Mr Hinx.
The film will be released in the UK on November 6th in 2015.