Mexico City businesses take a hit from Bond

31st March 2015, Comments 0 comments

Thousands of businessmen in Mexico City's historic center are griping that they have lost nearly $24 million due to filming of the upcoming James Bond flick.

The megalopolis had been buzzing with excitement about hosting the latest 007 film, which will include scenes shot at the old Senate building in the historic center and the sprawling Zocalo Square facing the ornate National Palace.

But "the closure of streets and pedestrian malls (in the historic old town) is directly and indirectly affecting (for the worse) more than 6,627 businesses," which have lost $24.6 million, said Canacope, the local small business chamber of commerce.

Filming started two weeks ago and wraps on Wednesday.

The businesses were paid $100 to $130 a day as compensation for the shutdown, but they are now complaining the amount was ridiculously small, Canacope said.

Stephanie Sigman will be the the first "Bond Girl" from Mexico. "Spectre" premieres November 6.

© 2015 AFP

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