The cast and crew of the latest James Bond film, ‘Skyfall’ have recently descended upon the streets of Sirkeci, or what many tourists know as Sultanahmet. Roads have been closed, sets have been built and a staff of 300 people (including Daniel Craig) are currently in Istanbul for this production. Buildings were restored, a fake bazaar was built around the edges of the infamous Spice Bazaar and the city and its visitors await to see what happens next. Rumors have spread about the millions of dollars that have been given to shopkeepers impacted by the filming. Durum shops have been kept open to feed the crew and ensure the illusion of authenticity. The filming has already created a stir. A motorcycle stunt damaged the storefront of a infamous jewlery shop near the Grand Bazaar, and the outdoor sets were destroyed by the harsh winds that overtook Istanbul two weeks ago.
Here are some pictures of the set: