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Welsh politician condemns James Bond snub

A leading Welsh politician has criticized a decision to ban filming of the new James Bond movie inside the country's National Assembly building.

Producers of the latest 007 blockbuster, Spectre, had applied to the Welsh Assembly Commission for permission to film in the Senedd's main debating chamber in Cardiff, but committee members refused the request.

Top politician Andrew R.T. Davies, a member of the National Assembly and leader of the Welsh Conservative Party, has now condemned the decision, insisting a Bond shoot in the building would have given the country a massive tourism boost.

He says, "That's the sort of publicity money can't buy. TV and film-related tourism is a major industry, bringing fans of Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who to Welsh locations. It's a shame that Spectre won't be added to that list."

Committee members justified the decision by declaring the building is a place of work, "not a drama studio."

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