Can new 007 film make Mexico’s capital cool enough to be a ‘Bond city’ ?


Daniel Craig and the cast and crew of the upcoming 007 film “Spectre” have transformed Mexico City’s main square into an action-packed thrill ride filled with explosions, chases and a massive Day of the Dead parade that included thousands of extras.

A few weeks ago, the production stumbled amidst a growing scandal that allegedly involved Mexico City officials granting Sony Pictures and MGM Studio executives millions of dollars in tax incentives in exchange for altering the movie’s plot and portraying Mexico in a favorable light. That wasn’t accurate.

At the beginning of his term in 2012, President Peña Nieto tasked several powerful businessmen from the tourism and advertising sectors with developing a plan to improve Mexico’s image abroad.

He got a bunch of suggestions, but there was one he particularly liked: bring James Bond to Mexico.


The idea, a proposal from businessmen Miguel Aleman Magnani and Daniel Chavez Moran,  was…

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