James Bond menaced by red hot Chilean
Motorised protest shakes Quantum of Solace
The mayor of a small Chilean town has expressed his displeasure at the hoisting of the Bolivian flag over his home by mounting a motorised disruption of filming of next Bond outing Quantum of Solace.
Carlos Lopez drove a small saloon car straight onto the set at the railway station in Baquedano, in the process reportedly nearly running over a couple of people, and parked his wheels between the camera "and a vehicle in which Craig and his co-star, Olga Kurylenko, were sitting", according to an Eon Productions spokeswoman.
A police official explained: "He got angry, entered into a private enclosure... caused public disorder and was detained."
Lopez's ire was provoked by the filmmakers' decision to use Baquedano as a stand-in for Bolivia, something which has "inflamed local tensions", as the Telegraph puts it. Since the town was forcibly annexed by Chile from Bolivia in the late 19th century, the subject of its nationality is a touchy one.
As is the local custom, a Chilean newspaper said of the filming: "Chile is Chile. We're not Bolivian Indians. Imperialist British out."
Baquedano's prosecutor is reportedly pondering whether to charge Lopez for his piece of Bond villainry, while cinema audiences will be able to judge for themselves just how plausible a Bolivia Chile makes when Quantum of Solace is released on 31 October. ®
You all fail to notice that the flag was raised over the official residence of the highest political figure in the town. I can't think of a political figure anywhere that would take kindly to the flag of an opposing nation being flown above his/her home - can you imagine this happening in india/pakistan, iraq/kuwait, palestine/israel, croatia/serbia, anywhere else you care to mention?
Paris because her level of perception is eerily similar to the previous commentators'.
Oh man, why do they do such a fuss about a *film* portraying a place like another country? Another James Bond flick I remember doing this was "Licence To Kill" with Veracruz portrayed as "Ishmus City", which gave me the giggles as they basically maintained everything as-is, even the licence plates were Mexican plates with "Ishmus City" in the place where the state designation would usually be.
On the other hand, I'd like to see what would be the reaction for locals if someone were to film on the Falkland Islands as a stand-in site for ... Argentina.
RE: heystoopid The Franchise should have died last century !
Did ya not see Casino Royalle and its complete (almost) lack of gadgets, its acting and story or are you gona insist that it was rubbish as well.
The last Bond film was the best bond film since Golden Eye and it was a lot better than that. In fact its fighting for a space in my top 3, should i ever be bothered enough to have top three.
You must be an SNP supporter, get back to bragging about your free education and stuff.