Filming of Daniel Craig’s new Bond movie, Spectre, in Rome has been given the green light after Italian officials agreed to postpone planned changes to laws governing the use of onset firearms.
The British actor is set to take 007 to the Italian capital to film scenes for the latest installment, but the shoot was reportedly thrown into jeopardy when officials proposed changes to regulations relating to prop guns, insisting on extensive and costly testing to make sure they are safe to be used by actors and stunt workers.
However, Italian politicians have now decided to push the planned changes back until next December, meaning the James Bond shoot can go ahead as planned in February.
Italy’s La Stampa newspaper reported the story by writing, “James Bond 1 – Bureaucracy 0”, while Stefano Balassone of Anica, Italy’s National Association of the Cinematographic Industry, tells Britain’s Daily Telegraph the rule change could have caused a lot of trouble for 007, saying, “At least now James Bond won’t have to point his finger and thumb and shout ‘bang, bang’, like a child. We can laugh about it but it was going to cause real problems.
“It was a typical case of too much bureaucracy in Italy… In decades of filming in Italy, there have never been accidents involving these weapons. We have very similar rules to Britain or France or Germany and they have worked perfectly well. There is no reason to change.”
Spectre is due for release next year, assuming the affects of the leaked script don’t have any repercussions.
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