Is James Bond Costing Mexico City $24 Million?
The next installment to the James Bond series, Spectre, arrives in November, and is currently in production around the globe.
A small business organization in Mexico City is claiming that the city will suffer $24 million in losses because of the production.
According to The Guardian, Canacope, the Chamber of Commerce for small businesses in Mexico City said, “The closure of streets and pedestrian malls (in the historic old town) is directly and indirectly affecting (for the worse) more than 6,627 businesses.”
Businesses have reportedly been paid $130 a day for the inconvenience and Canacope said the sums are not properly compensating the owners. The producers of the film were offered $20 million in tax incentives to film in the country.
This controversy comes on the heels of the Spectre teaser trailer being released and heating up the web.
The film, which stars Daniel Craig in his fourth return as 007, centers around the secret group Spectre which have been no stranger to the Bond franchise as they have appeared in Dr. No, Thunderball, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The latest Bond film also stars two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Finnes, Naomie Harris, and Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman.
Take a look at the trailer below: