According to today’s statement from the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI), Truenorth Norway which will handle production services in Norway for Bond’s Eon Productions, is the recipient of the NOK 47m grant, which takes the lion share of the NFI’s full Tax Incentive Scheme budget of NOK75m (€7.72m) for 2019. 

The last project that received the biggest grant in 2016 was Thomas Alfredson’s The Snowman, with NOK 40.5m. More recently, Paul Greengrass’s 22 July received NOK17.1m, and Paramount Picture’s Mission Impossible 6, a grant of NOK6.3m.

“We are pleased that filming of the film with the preliminary title B25 is considering being shot in Norway,” said Stine Helgeland, NFI Executive Director, Promotion & International Relations, confirming that the NOK47m grant is “the largest in the incentive scheme’s history.”

According to imdb, Bond 25 to be directed by Cary Fukunaga stars Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Rory Kinnear. The film’s cinematographer is Swedish-born Linus Sandgren, 2017 Oscar winner for La la Land. The preliminary release date is set for February 2020. 

Besides the mega project B25, two local series received support:

  • Wilderness (Villmark) (8x45’) was granted NOK22m (€2.2m).  The dramedy is produced by Finn Gjerdrum of Paradox AS and REinvent Studios for HBO. The dramedy set up north in a former mining community, is written by seasoned writer Kim Fupz Aakeson.  
  • Fenris (8x45’) was granted NOK5,950,000 (€613,151)  The series is produced by Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen of Nordisk Film Norway for Viaplay.  Simen Alsvik (Lilyhammer, Next Summer) is attached as director. The story focuses on 28 year old Emma who gets her first job as wolf mapper in the forest along the Swedish border. Things take a dramatic turn when a young boy disappears and DNA is detected from a wolf where the boy’s bloody jacket is found.  

Helgeland says she is pleased that two Norwegian series with international distribution through HBO and Viaplay have received support. "This means that the productions will get a good international exposure which is part of the goal of the incentive scheme."

Founded in 2016, the NFI tax scheme has been very popular and each year, the demand for support far exceeds the annual budget, set by the government.

This year 11 projects applied for support worth a value of NOK 497 million. To comply with all the demands, the Norwegian incentive scheme would have needed a full budget of NOK124 million, far superior to this year’s NOK75m budget.

“Naturally we would have preferred a fully automatic scheme without a limit, but we’re still very pleased with this incentive which each year attracts major local and international projects to Norway,” told Helgeland to