British spy movie to be filmed in Bahrain

Bulldog Drummond was the original inspiration for James Bond, project to create jobs
TFG is currently scouting potential film locations in Bahrain.
By Shane McGinley
Mon 09 Jul 2012 12:17 PM

London-based Twickenham Film Group (TFG) will film part of a new blockbuster spy movie in Bahrain, it was reported Sunday.

TFG, which earlier in the year announced plans to set up a film academy and studio in the Gulf state, is currently scouting potential film locations in the kingdom, the Manama-based Gulf Daily News reported.

The action film, which will follow the adventures of a fictional British spy named ‘Bulldog Drummond’, is based on a series of novels published between 1920 and 1954. James Bond author Ian Fleming has admitted he used the character as inspiration for his own series of novels and films.

“We are even planning on shooting parts of the new movie Bulldog Drummond: Hero for Hire in Bahraini waters… It will be a James bond style action movie,” James Black, founder of TFG, said.

The company is also looking for a plot of land of around 30,000 sq m to build its Bahrain studio and academy, he added.

“The Bahrain Film Studios and Academy will have four sound stages of different sizes… We are ready to make a move to Bahrain and are just looking for any Bahraini company or person that has 30,000sqm of land to sell that is not near [Bahrain International] Airport,”

Around 50 jobs will be created as a result of the development of the studios, which are expected to be operational by the end of the 2013.

US-based construction firm Sprung, which has built studios for Universal Studios and Sony, is believed to be in talks to build the complex, the report added.

The firm in February said it would look to cast Hollywood actor George Clooney to play the title role in its multimillion dollar movie, Saladin. Saladin tells the story of the 12th century warrior king and his fight against Richard the Lionheart in the Third Crusade. The movie is due to go into production in the third quarter of 2013 and will be partly shot in Jordan.

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