[Ed. – Nice that Mexico can afford it. Can the U.S. now ignore its request for $137 million in foreign aid for FY 2015?]
The country of Mexico offered the makers of the next James Bond film $20 million in incentives to make important changes to their upcoming movie, Spectre.
The country asked for a number of changes to the Bond movie including the addition of a Mexican Bond girl and replacing the Mexican police with a special force. They also asked that the Bond movie’s villain Sciarra not be Mexican, and that the assassination target be changed from the Mayor of Mexico city to someone else, according to Tax Analysts.
Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM’s motion picture group, told Tax Analysts the incentives included a number of money saving tax cuts for the upcoming Bond movie.
“We are currently facing a budget that is far beyond what we anticipated and are under immense pressure to reduce the number to $250M net of rebates and incentives. This is not about ‘nickel and diming’ the production. As of now, our shooting period is $50M higher than Skyfall and the current gross budget sits in the mid $300Ms, making this one of the most expensive films ever made.”
The website Tax Analysts published the report after analyzing emails leaked from Sony.