How did Bob Dylan end up in ‘The Bridge’?

Bob Dylan is set to feature in the coming third season of Swedish-Danish Nordic Noir hit 'The Bridge' – because the US music legend himself wrote to creators asking to get involved.

How did Bob Dylan end up in 'The Bridge'?
US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Photo: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

The co-produced Scandinavian crime series has fans around the world. And it turns out that singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is one of them after a Swedish creator of 'The Bridge' revealed the American's passion for the Nordic Noir show on Thursday.

“We got an email from Bob Dylan's agent where they wrote that Bob Dylan liked our series and wondered if we could include a song in it,” scriptwriter Hans Rosenfeldt told public broadcaster SVT just days before the third season hits television screens in the Nordics.

Dylan's song 'The Ballad of a Thin Man' is going to be played on a car radio at some point during the third season of the crime series.

“I have never experienced anything similar. We got the rights to use the song for a very much symbolic sum compared to how much music rights usually cost,” said Rosenfeldt.

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The long awaited third instalment of The Bridge hits Swedish television screens on Sunday, September 27th, but it will be missing one half of the Danish-Swedish cop duo that has been the focus Scandinavia's biggest crime show since it launched in 2011.

Copenhagen-born actor Kim Bodnia quit the programme after the second season because he did not like the way his character Martin Rodhe developed. But Sofia Helin, who plays Saga Norén, the unusual autistic Swedish investigator assigned to work alongside him, will return.

But anyone keeping their fingers crossed for an on-screen appearance by Dylan himself as a Danish or Swedish police officer should not get their hopes up too much.

“It could easily become somewhat of a gimmick. I was not super-fond of Keith Richards in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and all that. I think you should be careful, it's not certain that it would really fit into our universe. You would have to find a very good reason to have him there so that it would not just become a gimmick to get a bit of publicity. But you should never say never,” said Rosenfeldt.

The Bridge, which is jointly funded by Danish television network DR as well as SVT became a cult hit across Scandinavia four years ago and also has a strong following in the UK and Germany.


The Bridge’s Porsche 911 to be auctioned for charity

The Porsche 911S driven by lead character Saga Norén in hit Danish-Swedish series The Bridge will be sold at auction, with profits going to charity.

The Bridge's Porsche 911 to be auctioned for charity
Saga Norén, played by Sofia Helin, with the 1977 Porsche 911S from The Bridge. Photo: Carolina Romare/Bonhams

With the series having concluded earlier this year, the iconic 1970s sports car is now set to be given a new home, Danish broadcaster DR reports.

The olive green car will be sold at the Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale in Goodwood in the United Kingdom on July 13th, with money raised to be donated to WaterAid, a Swedish NGO which aims for the entire world to have access to clean water by 2030.

Production companies Filmlance International and Nimbus Film, who collaborated with DR and its Swedish counterpart SVT on the series, agreed to give up funds raised from the sale to the cause.

Actor Sofia Helin, who played Saga in the all four seasons of the series, which began in 2011, is an ambassador for the charity.

Helin will be present at the auction of the Porsche in the UK next month.

“Saga’s Porsche is a big part of my life as an actor and is also a part of television history. I’m happy that this iconic car can also be beneficial after The Bridge,” Helin told DR.

Saga Norén's car on the Öresund Bridge. Photo: Jens Juncker/Bonhams

“(The production companies) have been very generous to agree to everything. They’re the ones that own the car, so in theory they could have sold it themselves and kept the money,” she said to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The Nordic Noir series was hugely successful in both Scandinavia and the UK and several other countries have created their own series about police work across borders.

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