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Bond film disappoints shopkeepers in Adana

Written By THA on Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 22:11

Some streets and avenues were closed to traffic during the month of ‘James Bond’ shooting. Shopkeeprs say that they did not see much profit from the filming. AA photo

Shopkeepers in Adana Residents of the the southern province of Adana, which recently hosted the shooting of some scenes for the latest installment of the James Bond 007 series, “Skyfall,” had hoped the filming would help to promote the city to the world.

Residents of the the southern province of Adana, which recently hosted the shooting of some scenes for the latest installment of the James Bond 007 series, “Skyfall,” had hoped the filming would help to promote the city to the world. But shopkeepers in the city have said that are experiencing hard times because some streets and avenues were closed to traffic during the month of shooting.

The filming of the Bond scenes did not make an economic contribution to shopkeepers in Adana, Adana Union of Chambers of Merchants and Craftsmen Chairman Kazım Barışık said, speaking to Anatolia news agency. He did say, however, that the film could contribute to the cultural promotion of the city.

“The filming was advantageous for the cultural promotion of the city, we cannot deny that. I live in a place where streets were closed to traffic during the shooting. We had some problems, but it will be useful for our city. But I can’t say that the filming made any economic contribution to the city. [The film crew] only contributed to the economy through the places where they stayed and ate. Small shopkeepers did not [see much profit from] the filming,” Barışık said.

Adana Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association Chairman Süleyman Sönmez said that some shopkeepers suffered, but they tolerated it, believing that the Bond film will benefit Adana in the future. “Even if it is a nice thing for the development of our region, some shopkeepers suffered, because some streets were closed to traffic,” he said. Sönmez said it is natural that streets need to be closed to facilitate a project like the film, and that of course some problems will result from it. “This is inevitable. We did not see the Adana scenes of the film; we don’t know anything about it. The James Bond series has been a classic in the world for 50 years. I hope that the shopkeepers’ losses will turn into future earnings,” he said. (Hurriyet Daily News)
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