No sooner have they announced No Time To Die as the title of the latest, 25th, James Bond adventure than the whole production circus has moved to one of the key locations in Italy.
The ancient south-eastern Italian town of Matera will reportedly provide the location for the film’s opening pre-titles sequence.
Once a neglected slum, the Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano districts of Matera are now a picturesque tourist trap.
Prehistoric whitewashed caves from the Paleolithic era underpin a historic town of cafes, street markets and a maze of alleyways, looping streets, arches, piazzas, and courtyards.
Wonder Woman, The Passion Of The Christ and the remake of Ben Hur all previously filmed here.
This opening title sequence clearly features at least one stunt set-piece, as we can see from these spy photos of Craig’s stunt double in action.
One thing still to be confirmed is the identity of the title singer.
The Girl With The Golden Voice
However earlier this year Years and Years singer Mikey Goldsworthy let slip some news in a radio interview which named Eon Production’s preferred performer, it was taken with a pinch of salt.
He named pop-songstress Dua Lipa as the chosen performer this time around. She’s pretty big right now, with a number of global top ten singles, two best selling albums and a Breakthrough Brit Award under her belt. She’s also a highly sought out collaborator for many of the biggest names in current pop music like Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.
This rumor appears to be backed up with the news coming out of Italy. Apparently, permits are in for Dua Lipa to shoot a music video in this exact location.
According to the paperwork this video will be shot between now when the Bond crew is on location and the end of September.
Locations named as the Sassi di Matera and the Terrazza Ulma square in front of the rupestrian church of Madonna de Idris, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Piazza Duomo, Sexantio and Marina di Pisticci around the Riva dei Ginepri-Porto degli Argonauti.
These are all locations mentioned in 007 news updates regarding shooting in Italy. Adding to this speculation the permits cover a luxury car chase to be filmed from the roofs of the houses in the Sassi of Matera, and meetings in cave churches.
No Time To Die is out April 8th next year.