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Monday, December 1, 2008

James Bond in Bolivia

Well Joe and I finally went to see the newest James Bond flick. For those of you who that think you saw Bolivia in the movie, you didn´t. It was filmed in Peru, Chili and Panama. Bolivia wouldn´t let them film here. I wish they would´ve because you would´ve been impressed with the view from the La Paz airport. It´s the highest international airport in the world at over 13,450 feet of elevation. The drive down into the bowl of La Paz is truly breath taking.

Anyway, back to the movie. I won´t comment on the political aspects of the movie. I wanna talk about the physical parts of the movie. There definitely are NO roads here that look like those. The roads in the movie were wide, paved and had painted stripes. Haven´t seen those here. The taxis and the buses in the movie were all clean and without wild paint jobs and the blessings of Pachi Mama and/or the Catholic church. That´s different. Also, no one was trying to hawk their wares. And every thing was really clean. Very different.

I found a Panama travel website that was upset that Panama was used to represent Bolivia. The author said Panama City was a boom town and Bolivia is an economic mess and they are nothing alike. You can read more of the comparison for yourself here:

http://www.costaricapages.com/panama/blog/note-to-james-bond-panama-aint-bolivia-153

I find it amusing that they didn´t want to appear to be like Bolivia in any way. Pretty funny stuff.

I love Bolivia....warts and all as they say. I hope one day you all will get a chance to see it for yourselves.

2 comments:

angiewashington.com said...

We mustn't overlook the police motorcycles with sirens. :o)

The Holmans In Bolivia said...

Oh yeah, I knew I was forgetting something. Thanks for reminding me Angie.
Everyone in our theater laughed when the police said ¨Sus Documentos, por favor¨ too. Funny stuff.
See you on Friday!!