Port Antonio and Jamaica will be showcased to an international audience, as the James Bond film, ‘No Time to Die’, is released in major markets around the world.
The 25th James Bond film, which stars British actor, Daniel Craig, premiered in London on Tuesday (September 28) and opens in various countries, beginning September 30.
Some of these are India, United States, Japan Korea, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Canada, China, Russia, France, and Spain.
A large portion of the movie was shot in the picturesque Portland capital, following the launch at Goldeneye in Oracabessa, St. Mary.
Captured are the colours and scenes of the country, including the green hills, white-sand beaches, blue tranquil waters, and the beautiful people, food, and music.
The owners of Geejam Resort, where members of the movie cast and crew spent six weeks of filming in April/May 2019, have been promoting the property and the parish as a famous movie destination, telling customers, “If you’ve never visited Port Antonio can you truly say you’ve been to paradise? #NoTimeToDie coming to theatres soon!!!”,
But perhaps no one is happier to see the release of the long-awaited film than businessman, Eustas “Piggy” Lindsay, who received support from the James Bond cast and crew to rebuild his jerk centre, after it was destroyed by fire.
“Our crowning moment was when the James Bond crew started coming, night after night, for our jerked chicken, and we were generating publicity, both locally and internationally,” he said in an interview.
“The entire film crew used to hang out here, during filming of ‘No Time to Die’ in 2019, giving the place a lot of publicity… notably in the overseas press,” he added.
Tragedy struck soon when the jerk centre was razed by fire, destroying four freezers, one standing fridge, a fan, and a stove, and putting the 15-member staff complement out of work.
Craig and the rest of the James Bond cast and crew came to the rescue, contributing £35,000 to the rebuilding effort.
“They were all extremely sad to hear about the fire and wanted to do something to help rebuild. They really wanted Piggy to get back on his feet, as quickly as possible. It was a lovely gesture,” Lindsay said.
“The assistance from the James Bond movie cast was very, very good. I will be forever grateful.”
The release of ‘No Time to Die’ was rescheduled three times from the original April 2020 date, as theatres were forced to close their doors, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.