Holness says Govt will facilitate shooting of films in Jamaica

Saturday, April 27, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says the Government is open to finding ways to stimulate the production of blockbuster films in Jamaica.

Speaking in relation to news that shooting of scenes in the 25th Bond film will begin in Jamaica shortly, Holness said that the island's enviable location, as well as its contribution to pop culture, should be leveraged and converted “to our economic benefit”.

“Film is one way this can be done. I believe that having parts of the James Bond movie shot here is a start in Jamaica getting a foothold in developing a presence in the movie industry,” Holness said.

Jamaica has been featured in the first James Bond movie, Dr No, as well as Live and Let Die.

Holness described the James Bond movie franchise as “distinctly Jamaican in its origin” and noted that it is a “compliment to the country and a great honour that the producers and owners of the James Bond brand would seek to do Daniel Craig's final outing as the hero in Jamaica”.

“Jamaica has always been an exotic location and we have name recognition, so people are always very curious to see what the island has to offer. Our scenery, the flora and fauna are distinct, once they appear on screen,” Holness said.

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