A crucial locale, whether a demand of story or director's vision, typically entails serious location fees as well as the cooperation of multiple government entities or private property owners.
"Each city is significantly different in response to movie crews," says producer Pat Crowley, now lensing "The Bourne Ultimatum," third in the Bourne series that has shot worldwide from Goa, India, to Manhattan.
Following a template set up in "The Bourne Identity," filmmakers take an oblique approach to establishing location, which often sets up the next plot intricacy. "There's a conscious effort to avoid a postcard look or landmark approach to a city," Crowley explains.
If the Eiffel Tower is used, it's in a small corner of the frame, as Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) needs to move about unobserved. Train stations are essential locations, as Bourne tends to avoid airports. In London, "The Bourne Ultimatum" filmed at Waterloo Station but only during the off-commute hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "The Waterloo fees were not big, and we got the production value of all that architecture," Crowley says.
Gotham's Waldorf-Astoria's film credits stretch back 62 years, including recent work for "The Tourist" and "The Bourne Ultimatum." "We give them a sense of history and an establishing shot of New York City," says Anton Moore, the hotel's director of entertainment sales. "No matter where you are in the world, you know our name and building."
"The Bourne Ultimatum" needed a specific London bookstore for a major sequence. The store's asking price was £20,000 ($39,000) per hour. "We had to bite the bullet," Crowley says. "You can get held up the same way in downtown Los Angeles or anywhere. If they smell you're hungry, you have to pay for that appetite."
Loder (MTV): What do you think about some of today's action franchises, like the "Bourne" pictures?
Pegg: I think you wouldn't have the current incarnation of Bond if it wasn't for the Bourne franchise. It's set the standard for your sort of butt-kicking spy type. I think Matt Damon really inhabits those films well. He's a great leading man.