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Palace of VersaillesWell, well... it would seem that our Gallic cousins are plotting to lure away the production of the 23rd James Bond film by offering discounted rates on the hire of some of the world's most beautiful and historical buildings, including the Palace of Versailles (pictured).

As The Times has quietly reported (wait until the Daily Mail gets hold of it), the Paris region film commission is attempting to woo the producers of the as-yet untitled movie by suggesting plot ideas, offering tax cuts and renting some magnificent locations at the knockdown price of €4,500 a day (that's for your common or garden chateau - to hire the Sun King's Palace would set you back over three times as much).

Find out more after the jump... Palace of VersaillesWell, well... it would seem that our Gallic cousins are plotting to lure away the production of the 23rd James Bond film by offering discounted rates on the hire of some of the world's most beautiful and historical buildings, including the Palace of Versailles (pictured).

As The Times has quietly reported (wait until the Daily Mail gets hold of it), the Paris region film commission is attempting to woo the producers of the as-yet untitled movie by suggesting plot ideas, offering tax cuts and renting some magnificent locations at the knockdown price of €4,500 a day (that's for your common or garden chateau - to hire the Sun King's Palace would set you back over three times as much).

"We want to give the producers some ideas, because it would be great to have James in the magnificent decor of the château," Stéphane Martinet, the deputy director of the Paris region film commission, told The Times.

The local purists, however, are not taking the idea lightly, having already raged in disgust at the increasing commercial use of their historical sites (although no-one complained when the Eiffel Tower was saved by Superman in Superman II).

Anyway, I doubt you'd get much resistance in this country, so it remains to be seen whether the Film Council muscle in and offer cut-price hire of some of the UK's most desirable places. For instance, you could imagine an explosive pre-credits sequence set in Dorset's Monkey World that ends with the destruction of Treetops Cafe and a smirking quip from Daniel Craig. Or maybe later on he could exchange the casino for a night out at Blackpool's Flares nightclub where he could attempt to infiltrate a hen night.

So, come on, Film Council... get on the phone to Hollywood and make the Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum in Uffculme, Devon, sexy again.