The cranes at Harland & Wolff, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and the Giant’s Causeway are all being put forward as potential locations for a new James Bond blockbuster.
Hollywood screenwriter John Logan – whose Belfast parents emigrated to California – will be scouring both sides of the Irish border over the next few months and could well bring the world’s best known secret agent to these shores.
If suitably impressed, the man behind Skyfall and Gladiator could have OO7 dicing with death at the shipyard or risking life and limb on north Antrim’s famously wobbly walkway.
Other locations being suggested include Crom Castle in the Fermanagh lakelands and Belfast City Hall.
Should the Bond franchise set up camp in Northern Ireland, the man with a licence to kill could breathe new life into the recession-hit local economy – Skyfall alone is reputed to have had a budget in excess of £200 million.
One of those looking forward to the prospect is Belfast actor Dan Gordon
Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster yesterday, the Give My Head Peace star said the possibilities were endless.
“I think Titanic is the big, global name, and the cranes and the dock and around there.
“He could jump from crane to crane, and maybe paraglide off the City Hall – and if it was a designated day he could use a Union Jack parachute,” Dan joked.
Bond actor Daniel Craig has said he would like to see more humour in the next instalment of the money-spinning franchise.
“Hopefully we’ll reclaim some of the old irony,” he told Vulture magazine, “and make sure it doesn’t become pastiche. I can’t do shtick, I’m not very good at it.”