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From Suffolk with Love – Could Danny Boyle bring new James Bond film to Suffolk?

PUBLISHED: 19:17 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:17 07 August 2018

Danny Boyle working on set in Halesworth Thoroughfare - but could he return to Suffolk with filming for James Bond?
Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Danny Boyle working on set in Halesworth Thoroughfare - but could he return to Suffolk with filming for James Bond? Picture: NICK BUTCHER

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Bosses at Suffolk’s filming service are hoping director Danny Boyle will bring filming for the new James Bond movie to the county, after enjoying his experience here over the spring.

Danny Boyle during filming Picture: SCREEN SUFFOLKDanny Boyle during filming Picture: SCREEN SUFFOLK

The Oscar-winning director, who shot the likes of Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, brought filming for his new Richard Curtis-penned movie to Suffolk during the spring.

The 61-year-old praised locals for how they welcomed the film, and now Screen Suffolk – the county’s one-stop filming service which organises elements such as filming permits, local talent and location scouting – is hoping the director may bring the new 007 movie here.

Screen Suffolk CEO Karen Everett said: “We are delighted that Danny Boyle has found Suffolk to be as film friendly as we’d promised.

“We’re also delighted that he has responded so beautifully to the county, by, as he says, employing the place, not just using it as a backdrop, so that many real Suffolk faces are set to end up on screen.

“We are hoping that Danny Boyle will consider setting a few scenes for the next Bond film in Suffolk.

“We’ve got all the facilities, infrastructure, expertise and space that he could need for air, water and land-based stunts, from Bentwaters airfield, to old war trenches, coastline, rivers, the docks at Felixstowe, grand manor houses and nature reserves.”

Producers behind the Bond franchise confirmed in May that Danny Boyle will be directing the as yet untitled new thriller, which features Daniel Craig returning as the suave spy.

Bond production has previously visited the county in the mid ‘90s when RAF Lakenheath was the scene of shooting for Tomorrow Never Dies starring Pierce Brosnan.

The 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Speaking of his experience in Suffolk, the director said: “People are really enthusiastic about us being here, genuinely. And we’ve tried to be on our best behaviour. Everyone’s very conscious of trying to treat everyone very respectfully locally.

“But even not withstanding that I think people are genuinely exhilarated you can feel it, that we’re here.

“A film production company like we are, coming with a story, you realise that you have a responsibility both to respect a place and employ it not just use it as a backdrop. And you get an extra flavour by doing that.”

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