Bridge in Turkey to figure in Skyfall’s pre-credits sequence?

The Hurriyet Daily News, an English-language newspaper in Turkey, has a story about a railroad bridge that may figure in Skyfall’s pre-credits sequence.

Here’s an excerpt:

The historic Varda Railway Bridge in the southern province of Adana’s Hacıkırı village will be a filming location for scenes for the next James Bond film, the longest film series in the world that is celebrating its 50th year in 2012.

The 172-meter-long and 98-meter-high bridge, which was built in 1912 by Germans, will feature in the opening 15-minute part of the series’ 25th film along with Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum and the Aegean province of Fethiye.

Of course, Skyfall is the 23rd film in the Eon Productions-produced series, not the 25th. Earlier, the production team was looking at India to film a train sequence and that didn’t happen. However, Skyfall producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have been to Turkey as production of Skyfall was being prepared.

Titan Books’ Matt Helm deal doesn’t include The Dominators


The Dominators, the unpublished 28th Matt Helm novel by Donald Hamilton, isn’t part of Titan Books’ plans to reissue the series of novels starting in 2013.

Gordon Hamilton, son of the late author, relayed the news to a listserv concerning the literary Helm. Here’s the full text of the short message:

” That is not part of the present deal, but l am working on getting it edited, and then we’ll see.”

The first 27 Helm novels were published from 1960 until 1993, with the first five published 1960 to 1962. Donald Hamilton wrote The Dominators around 2001-2002 but couldn’t secure a publishing deal. Hamilton died in 2006.

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