Monday, August 20, 2012

Istanbul in the Movies: This Fall

I love when Istanbul gets spotlighted in a film, and this fall, the city is the star in several movies. The streets have been busy, bustling with film crews and top actors. There are some specific locations that film directors seem to love - like the rooftops of the Grand Bazaar.

(That scene is getting old for me. Remember when Clive Owen did it in The International? )

I digress. Here are the trailers:

Taken 2, with Liam Neeson.

In the movie, his daughter runs across the rooftops of the grand bazaar. (Does she always have to be barely dressed?) Of course, I would have preferred if there were some good guys from the city too, but this film seems to get off the roofs and into the streets of today's Istanbul. I give lots of points for that.

Then there's the latest James Bond, Skyfall, where Daniel Craig falls off a bridge in Adana, and yet somehow ends up riding a motorbike on top of the grand bazaar. (Well, I love the bridge scene anyway.)

And lastly, Argo with Ben Affleck, which has scenes set in Iran that were actually filmed in Turkey. I'll actually have to watch this one to see if I recognize anything but the mosque in the trailer.

Here's hoping there are no scenes on the Grand Bazaar rooftops.


Sarah said...

So interesting, Carolyn. It's a very picturesque place for an action scene, but I can see how you'd be sick of seeing the exact same location popping up in all these movies without necessarily showing the rest of the city! Also, yeah ... it might be nice to have some actual well-rounded characters from there, too.

Golden Eagle said...

It's really cool that Istanbul is the setting for these movies!

LTM said...

It seems like the coolest movies always have an Istanbul connection, don't they? I can't wait for SKYFALL or ARGO. They both look amazing! :o)

Connie Keller said...

I'd love to go to Istanbul! My daughter has a college friend who grew up there, and I loved hearing him talk about it. said...

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