THE 25TH James Bond film is to provide a jobs boost in Jamaica.
The film, which remains untitled for now, was launched at Ian Fleming’s villa on the Caribbean island last week.
Fleming wrote all of his Bond novels on the island, which was also featured as a location for both Dr No and Live and Let Die.
Around 500 Jamaicans will be involved in the production of the highly-anticipated feature, according to Loop Jamaica.
Those involved will be employed to work across a variety of areas including production, as well as acting as extras.
“This will be a bumper year for the contribution of the creative economy to local GDP, and of course, we expect (and are ready for) more large scale productions, both local and international, to film on the island in the coming years,” Loop Jamaica reported Renee Robinson, film commissioner said.
She added: “It has been several months behind the scenes of scouting, meetings, negotiations, and planning – with our local production personnel working beside the international crews to confirm the location and ensure that production starts smoothly.”
BOND GIRL: Lashana Lynch
BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo hosted members of the cast and the production team, including director Cary Fukunaga for a live broadcast which introduced viewers to new members of the franchise and was intended to provide an insight into what is to come.
Filming has begun on the latest instalment and images have emerged of Daniel Craig, who will play Bond for the last time, on set in Jamaica.
Actress Lashana Lynch is among the new faces joining the franchise.
The Londoner previously played Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel.