Mexico City is a huge city, providing a home to an estimated population of 19 million. Like in so many Middle American countries, the Mexican economy leaves an immense gap between a relatively small group of rich people, and a huge group of poor people. This latter group is clearly present in the capital and the ‘rich’ foreign traveller will undoubtedly suffer the inconveniences of attempts of pick-pocketing and swindling. But don’t let this spoil your enthusiasm, because Mexico has far too much to offer to just ignore this country.
Around the Plaza de la Constitución you find the old centre of Mexico City. This is the typical touristy area, with beautiful buildings, ancient excavations, museums and lots of craftsmen shops. In this highly interesting area the attentive Bond historian might stumble upon two locations worth mentioning. First we have the city theatre, or Teatro de la Cuidad. Its monumental facade was used in the exterior shots of Sanchez' casino headquarters. Because the theatre is located in a very narrow and busy street, the facade was rebuilt in the studios for use in the close up sequences, when Bond climbs the building to attach an explosive substance underneath the windows of Sanchez' office.