With its astonishing visual backgrounds, colorful venues, and historical significance; we can state that Istanbul can be described as one of the perfect places to host a movie. This city draws attention with its importance of being a popular destination for filmmakers. Istanbul has taken place in thousands of productions due to having unique cultural heritages such as Hagia Sophia, Eminönü, Kapalıçarşı, and many other places which adds beauty to the white screen.
The film adaptation of the novel written by Dan Brown has taken place in different parts of Istanbul; including the Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt Square, Kennedy Street, and Istanbul University’s main gate. The film is telling a story about Robert Langdon, played by oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, and his effort to prevent a biological attack that is planned to destroy the entire world.
The 23rd James Bond film was shot in the Spice Bazaar, the Grand Post Office, and Sultanahmet Square. Daniel Craig, an English actor, played James Bond for the sixth time in the film. The fantastic atmosphere depicted in Skyfall once again demonstrated that Istanbul can be considered a cinematic city.
Skyfall was not the first time James Bond has seen in Istanbul’s fascinating streets. Produced in 1963, From Russia with Love is about legendary MI6 agent James Bond’s adventures of searching for a stolen device. We assure the watchers that the movie’s Istanbul parts which were filmed at Hagia Sophia, Sirkeci railway station will make you want to wander through those places.
Taken II, the second movie in the French action thriller Taken trilogy, follows the story of a retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and the kidnapping incident which is also addressed in the first film: Taken I. In Istanbul scenes of the movie: Eminönü and Beyazıt were filmed in November 2011