May 27, 2012

Top 10 Movies ‘ Starring ‘ Istanbul

Istanbul, which has recently been hosting the latest James Bond film, Skyfall crew in its historical neighborhoods, has long been a popular destination for international filmmakers due to its cultural and historical richness. James Bond Skyfall shootings continued eventfully in Istanbul ‘s old city as dangerous motorcycle scenes were successfully staged by two stuntmen for Daniel craig on the roof of the Grand Bazaar not without incident.

James Bond Skyfall shakes and stirs Istanbul

The ancient city, which is currently hosting filming for the latest installment of the James Bond film series, ‘ Skyfall,’ has served as the setting for many world-famous movies.

James Bond movies top the list of movies ‘ starring ‘ Istanbul. Shooting for ‘ Skyfall ‘ moved from southern Turkish province of Adana to Istanbul last month. Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007 and Judi Dench as his boss, M, is the third Bond film to have scenes from Turkey’s cultural capital, after ‘ To Russia With Love’ in 1963 starring Sean Connery (at the Hagia Sophia), and ‘ The World is Not Enough ‘ in 1999, with Pierce Brosnan (at the Maiden’s Tower on the Bosphorus).

The 2003 Greek movie, ‘ Politiki Kouzina ‘ (A Touch of Spice), was also shot in Istanbul, along with ‘ The Accidental Spy.’

The city’s world-renowned venues, such as the Topkapı Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, the beautiful Boshphorus and the Maiden’s Tower on it, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, Eminönü and the many mosques surrounding the silhoutte, the Basilica Cistern, Beyazıt and many other locations in Istanbul have drawn a long list of filmmakers and directors.

We’re counting down our top 10 movies filmed in Istanbul ’ starring ‘ the beautiful metropol and which have made terrific contributions to Istanbul’s international promotion.

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