James Bond movie to be filmed in Rome

007 to parachute onto Rome's Ponte Sisto

Several scenes from the upcoming 24th film in the James Bond series will be shot in Rome between February and March next year.

The most dramatic scene will feature 007, played by British actor Daniel Craig, landing by parachute onto the 15th-century Ponte Sisto pedestrian bridge between Campo de' Fiori and Trastevere.

Bond will also appear in a number of high-speed car chases on Borgo Vittorio near the Vatican, on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II between Piazza Navona and Campo de' Fiori, and on the Lungotevere along the river Tiber.

The movie is being directed by Britain's Sam Mendes – who was behind the most recent Bond film Skyfall – and is due for release in autumn 2015.