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Spectre's Grand Opening Scene Cost Mexico City Millions

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 02, 2015

Spectre's Grand Opening Scene Cost Mexico City Millions

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Getting a Hollywood film production to come into town is usually a boon for the local economy. That hasn’t exactly been the case for Mexico City, which may lose up to $24 million thanks to the upcoming Spectre.

The Guardian’s Ben Beaumont-Thomas points to that remarkable figure when describing the grandiose opening scenes that are being shot within the capital city.

Beaumont-Thomas writes, “With segments in the likes of Rome and the Austrian Alps already in the can, the Spectre team are working on the film’s opening scenes in the city, described by Bond producer Michael G Wilson as the ‘biggest opening sequence we’ve ever done.’”

Bond movies are renowned for their frantic and high-paced opening scenes, which set the stage for some truly captivating films.

To that end, the report states 1,500 extras were asked to mill about streets donning Day of the Dead wardrobe. While this lends some clue for fans of what to expect for the upcoming film, it has proved to be a headache for local businesses.

The report states those businesses affected by the closed streets were compensated $130 a day, but that has been discounted as a pittance for the kind of money usually garnered on a daily basis.

The report quotes Canacope, which serves as the chamber of commerce for small businesses in the city: “The closure of streets and pedestrian malls (in the historic old town) is directly and indirectly affecting (for the worse) more than 6,627 businesses.”

Sky News’ Joe Michalczuk was on location to cover the Mexico City shoot:

And the report reminds that film crews were already under fire for alleged conduct aboard its chartered flight to the country.

As we previously noted, the Spectre crew were taken to task for what was colored as a debaucherous drunken party aboard an Airbus A330.

As for the report on money lost, Beaumont-Thomas writes, “production was offered $20m in tax incentives to film in the country, and the film features a ‘Bond girl’ role for Mexican actor Stephanie Sigman.”

Producer Michael G. Wilson demands, per The Guardian, that the country didn’t have any influence creatively in the film.

In any case, local businesses will be happy when the production packs up and leaves the congested city, allowing them to get back to earning money, which seems a far more lucrative enterprise than playing host.

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