‘Spectre’ producer Michael G Wilson has denied the script was changed to secure incentives in Mexico.
According to the website Tax Analysts, leaked emails show Mexico made suggestions about a number of aspects of the eagerly-awaited new James Bond movie, including the nationality of an actress and the villain, as well as the villain’s intended victim and some specific shots.
However, the producer of ‘Spectre’ – which will see Daniel Craig reprise the role of the iconic action hero – has denied the claims, saying: “There is nothing in the script that we hadn’t had before. The villain was always an Italian … we already shot that in Rome.”
He also refuted accusations that Mexico had insisted on having a Mexican actor in a role known as ‘Estrella’ in exchange for possible incentives.
Wilson said: “We always had a Mexican actress [Stephanie Sigman] playing this part.”
He did, however, admit there were incentives linked to ‘Spectre’, but said they weren’t anything unusual in the film industry.
He added: “Everywhere we go we have incentives.
“Sometimes they’re taxes; sometimes they’re other kind of incentives. You can get co-operation, you can get things you would usually pay for for free and all that.”