Naomie Harris says Skyfall isn’t `that big on locations’

Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe were quizzed by reporters on Feb. 12 at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards about Skyfall. The questions were pretty routine. But Harris may have confirmed, unintentionally, that Skyfall won’t be filming at as many locations as some earlier 007 films.

When the subject of locations came up, Harris said, “We’re not that many…We’re really not that big on locations this year.” It comes up at the 1:42 mark of this video on YouTube that was uploaded by Absolute Radio:

This isn’t exactly startling. Skyfall’s first unit, after three months of a six-month shoot, hasn’t left the U.K. while a second unit has filmed scenes in China. However, given news reports such as THIS ONE saying Skyfall’s budget was cut compared with Quantum of Solace (something Eon Productions co bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson denied at a Nov. 3 news conference) Harris’s comment was interesting. Not very detailed, but interesting.

UPDATE (Feb. 14): According to this THIS U.K. STORY the first unit of Skyfall has finally departed the U.K. to do location filming in Turkey.

007’s homage to The Deer Hunter?

Over the weekend, two Bond fans (including one on our own staff) registered surprise when we said there was an homage to 1978’s The Deer Hunter in 1985’s A View To a Kill. Maybe we’re reading more into it, so judge for yourself.

A View To a Kill, in addition to being Roger Moore’s farewell to the 007 role, also included Christopher Walken as villain Max Zorin. Walken had won an Oscar as best supporting actor in The Deer Hunter. That movie had plenty of intense scenes, including this one where Walken and Robert De Niro, as American soldiers in the Vietnam War, are forced to play Russian Roulette by their captors:

Flash forward seven years to A View To a Kill. Deep into the movie, Zorin kills an official on his payroll. At the 1:27:19 mark of the film (or about 11 seconds into this video), Walken seems to briefly reference his Oscar winning performance: