Rome residents charge Bond fans admission fee

February 16, 2015 | By | In News

James Bond is known for being something of a jetsetter and the character’s latest outing in the 24th Bond film – Spectre – is no different. 007 will make appearances in London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier in Morocco and the Austrian ski resort of Solden. But it’s not the British spy’s antics in London that are under the limelight now, but his exploits in the Italian capital – as those living in properties alongside the route of one of the film’s high octane car chases are charging Bond fans 1,000 euros (£739) to view the action from their homes.

Actor Daniel Craig, is appearing as the British spy for the fourth time, and with fans queuing up for a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming film, local residents are looking to cash in on the film, which is set to bring Rome to a standstill. With a four-day shoot booked in for next month, flat owners on Via Nomentana, where the chase will take place, could be able to make thousands from tourists looking for their Bond fix, ahead of the film’s launch in cinemas. Those renting out their properties could make up to £4,000 per apartment, with particular demand from well-heeled Russians.

Everyone in my building is very excited because they have a fantastic view of the street, and are selling tickets for the night and inviting friends for big parties.

The car chase in question will see Bond stop outside Italian dictator Mussolini’s private residence, Villa Torlonia, before being chased through a network of secret tunnels, built to protect Mussolini and his family. With many of Rome’s most historic streets being shut down for filming, 800 security guards are primed to keep the area under control.

Local porter Giuliano Pintus told the Mirror: “Everyone in my building is very excited because they have a fantastic view of the street, and are selling tickets for the night and inviting friends for big parties.

“They will charge a lot, but at the moment they are trying to decide how much!”

Shooting in Rome for the new film is set to start on March 7 ahead of Spectre’s release in November.

Picture: YouTube / Fresh Movie Trailers

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