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Choosing locations for bond films: a job to die for

The World Today - Tuesday, 18 November , 2008 12:46:00

Reporter: Brendan Trembath

ELEANOR HALL: One of the most influential women in the film industry is in Sydney for the last
couple of days for the Australian launch of her latest production.

Barbara Broccoli has what many would consider a job to die for. She produces the James Bond films
and chooses the exotic locations and designer products used by the hedonistic super spy.

Brendan Trembath caught up with her in Sydney and prepared this report.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The super spy 007 travels widely.

So does producer Barbara Broccoli. She and her brother are instrumental in choosing the film

BARBARA BROCCOLI: It's hard work but it's also thrilling because you know I particularly like that
part of the whole process because I think you do establish the look and the style and the tone of
the picture.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The latest picture is the Quantam of Solace. It was filmed in Latin America,
Italy and Austria as well as the UK, a regular haunt of James Bond.

Olga Kurylenko stars in the latest film, opposite Daniel Craig. They saw a lot of the world.

OLGA KURYLENKO: Beautiful countries, the two, apart from the UK, the two other countries where I
found were Chile and Panama. They were both very different, it's just amazing landscape, but I've
never seen landscape like that.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Some parts of the world are now better known because they featured in the film

Tourism operators in Thailand still call one spot on the coast James Bond Island. The Man with the
Golden Gun was filmed there in the 1970s.

The film producers are courted from time to time. Barbara Broccoli again.

BARBARA BROCCOLI: Occasionally, you know, we'll get approaches from countries. I mean the goods
thing, the great thing is that we do find that Bond does open up doors all over the world and I
think that has partly to do with the fact that you know since my father started these movies he
always wanted to show people these extraordinary sights in the world. And also I think we try to be
very responsible when we go, we are a huge circus.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Why is it that the circus hasn't set up in Australia over time, I mean certainly
Australia doesn't get a mention in the original Ian Fleming books as a location, but there are
certainly talented filmmakers and others here and many diverse locations.

BARBARA BROCCOLI: I know, well, I mean I would love to shoot here, and you know, Daniel, yesterday
we were looking just how beautiful Sydney is in particular. And we haven't had a lot of opportunity
to travel outside Sydney, but we should do that. I think it would be a great place to come and
shoot, so we just have to come up with a story line.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: One of Australia's best known actors, Jack Thompson, would love to see part of a
Bond film made in Australia.

JACK THOMPSON: I think it would be fantastic if they can film a piece of Bond here, but that would
just be good for all us local filmmakers.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: A recurring location in the films is London.

James Bond is a British agent of course. But the UK Government also gives the Bond producers a tax

BARBARA BROCCOLI: The UK has had a history of good subsidies, that's the reason why my father went
there in the 50s, because they had a subsidy for foreign filmmakers. That's become one of the
reasons why we're able to shoot in the UK, because we were hit quite severely by the exchange rate,
the dollar to the pound.

So we do tend to use co-productions, we worked co-productions on Casino Royale, we were tax
subsidies on this film. They have become very important to us.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Speaking of exchange rates, what sort of amazing fluctuations have you had in the
last couple of months? We're in the middle of a world financial crisis, your production team must
deal in many currencies.

BARBARA BROCCOLI: Oh, don't remind me, I mean, when we were making the film because we're financed
by a US studio in dollars, we were hit badly by the exchange rate and we kept thinking, "Okay, well
at least, hopefully when the money comes in, we'll benefit." Well of course now the exchange rate
has gone the opposite way, so we've been hit both ways.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Let's talk about some of the products that appear in the film. Some of those were
dictated by the books themselves, the cars and perhaps the suits, but how are they chosen?

BARBARA BROCCOLI: I'm glad to hear you say that they started in the books because that's always
what I say and very few people realise that. A lot of the products that we use in the film are
really top quality products that most of them we've had for very long associations with.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Do they pay the production company to have the products placed, or is it simply
having the products placed in the film as a courtesy?

BARBARA BROCCOLI: Yeah, we don't get any money for having any products in our films. What we
usually do is we work out some sort of advertising arrangement where they will guarantee a certain
spend in advertising.

ELEANOR HALL: Film producer Barbara Broccoli speaking to Brendan Trembath.