2 Blockbuster Movies Shot in Istanbul – coincidence?

In the past few days I have had the opportunity to watch 2 movies: Taken 2 and James Bond: Skyfall. Love both Liam Neeson and Daniel Craig (drool~~~~). Some says they are old, but ahem! Moi happen to like older men… hahahahaha

Taken 2 (October 2012)
Source: http://ia.media-imdb.com

James Bond: Skyfall (October 2012)
Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com

I couldn’t help but notice that both movies have scenes on the rooftops of Istanbul’s residences. In Taken 2, there was 2 men chasing a girl, and in Skyfall (which Bond did it better) there are motorcycle chase. Apart from that, car chases through the spice / fabric markets are also seen in both movies. In James Bond, there were oranges and people flying everywhere (of course. Or else it’s not a Bond movie is it?? :P).

Now that gets me really interested in this city as I have never been there before. Google search images of some pictures below:


Romantic shot of the Mosque and bridge
Source: http://www.upgradetravelbetter.com

I love the idea of walking paths on the rooftops. It’s always refreshing standing at a high point looking down on the world around you.

Have you been to Istanbul before? Any travelling tips for Turkey? 🙂


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