'Spectre' to promote Mexico City: Mayor
The filming of parts of the latest James Bond film ‘Spectre’ in Mexico's capital will provide the city with good global publicity, said Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.
Mexico City: The filming of parts of the latest James Bond film ‘Spectre’ in Mexico's capital will provide the city with good global publicity, said Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.
At a joint press conference with Mexican Minister of Tourism Claudia Ruiz Massieu on Thursday, the mayor boasted that Mexico City was chosen as the location for the opening scenes of the 007 film over such cosmopolitan centres as New York and Singapore, Xinhua reported.
"It makes us proud to have Mexico City form part of the opening scenes, because the whole world would see us. Everyone knows the reach James Bond has worldwide," said Mancera.
In response to media reports that Mexico has spent up to $14 million to ensure it gets favourable publicity from its role in the feature film, Mancera said the city had no economic stake in the film but that it was supplying locations and helping production with such logistics as re-routing traffic.
According to Ruiz Massieu, the capital's cameo in the latest Bond movie is part of the ministry's national promotion strategy, which has in the past two years attracted more than 53 million international visitors.