29 March, 2009

Quantum of Kazan

The latest James Bond film claims to have a scene in Kazan, Russia. My wife had already heard of this and was excited to watch it. She was somewhat disappointed that after extended scenes in Siena, Italy; some other part of Italy; Bolivia (Chile really); and England, the scene of Kazan occurs at the very end, in only two or three minutes.

Even more offensive is that it wasn't even Kazan—not, at least, any part of Kazan that she recognized. Seeing as how she lived there for thirty-two years, that does seem odd. It's a shame, too, since Kazan has some gorgeous architecture, both around the Kremlin and on Baumann Street.

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