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Licence to Thrill: James Bond Exhibition in Sölden

An interactive exhibition titled „007 ELEMENTS” on the Gaislachkogel mountain goes behind the scenes of the 2015 James Bond film shoot in Sölden.

It was his search for the secret organisation "Spectre" that took the world's most famous agent around the globe on his 24th mission. Along the way James Bond stopped off not only in Mexico and Rome but also in Austria, where one of the most spectacular action scenes of "Spectre" was filmed in Sölden, Tirol, in early 2015.

The “007 ELEMENTS” installation, which is situated on the summit of the Gaislachkogl Mountain at a height of 3,050 metres, aims to bring the story behind the production of the most expensive James Bond film of all time to life in a unique and unforgettable way.

Fast Cars and Spectacular Locations

James Bond films are defined by certain characteristic elements, including fast cars, breakneck action scenes and spectacular locations, and all of these signature elements are fully explored in the installation. As the setting for scenes from "Spectre", Sölden plays a leading role in the exhibition, but other films from the Bond series also take the stage.

Auf den Spuren von James Bond 007 © Klaus Andorfer Auf den Spuren von James Bond 007 © Klaus Andorfer

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Licence to Experience

The installation extends over two levels, meaning visitors can enter a unique 1,300-square-metre world of Bond. Film screens, soundscapes and interactive exhibits appeal to all the senses and relate the Bond story in an engaging and educational manner. The various galleries are equipped with Bond-like state-of-the-art technology and bring unforgettable scenes from 007 films to life, allowing visitors to totally immerse themselves in the moment. The stark, futuristic structure, which visitors enter through an underground tunnel, is an integral component of the overarching concept, and blends seamlessly with the Alpine backdrop and offers the typical 007 combination of impressive architecture and breathtaking scenery.

Bond-esque Architecture

Sölden has the modern design of the “ice Q” restaurant on the Gaislachkogl to thank for the fact it was chosen as a film location. The rather surreal look of the building and the futuristic terminal of the Gaislachkoglbahn gondola, designed by the Tirolean architecture firm Obermoser, offer everything needed for a “spectre-cular” action scene.

Behind the Scenes Video

  • ice Q in Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi  Wyhlidal ice Q in Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal

Sölden's Filming Locations

Panoramarestaurant ice Q © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Panoramarestaurant ice Q © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal

The "ice Q” Restaurant

Enthroned on the summit of the Gaislachkogl is the stylish "ice Q” gourmet restaurant. This structure served as the location of the “Hoffler Klinik” in "Spectre", and acted as the workplace of the psychologist Dr. Madeleine Swann. This Bond girl is abducted by the evil Mr. Hinx, and 007 sets off in hot pursuit.

The restaurant is situated directly by the upper terminal of the Gaislachkoglbahn gondola. Skiers can stop off here for a gourmet meal or treat themselves to a "shaken, not-stirred" post-skiing martini. The stupendous panorama from the 3,058-metre summit is even mentioned in the film and is absolutely not to be missed.

Gourmet Royale

  • Panoramarestaurant ice Q © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Panoramarestaurant ice Q © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • Soelden IceQ Essen © Bergbahnen Sölden Soelden IceQ Essen © Bergbahnen Sölden
  • Soelden IceQ Sommer © Bergbahnen Sölden / Alexander Lohmann Soelden IceQ Sommer © Bergbahnen Sölden / Alexander Lohmann
  • Soelden Ice Q Sommer © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Soelden Ice Q Sommer © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • IceQ © Ötztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann IceQ © Ötztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann
  • Soelden IceQ Paar auf Terrasse © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Soelden IceQ Paar auf Terrasse © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • Soelden IceQ Sommer © Bergbahnen Sölden / Alexander Lohmann Soelden IceQ Sommer © Bergbahnen Sölden / Alexander Lohmann
  • Ice Q Restaurant in Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Alexander Lohmann Ice Q Restaurant in Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Alexander Lohmann
  • Soelden IceQ Sommer © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Soelden IceQ Sommer © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • Sölden IceQ Innenansicht © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Sölden IceQ Innenansicht © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • Sölden IceQ Innenansicht © Ötztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann Sölden IceQ Innenansicht © Ötztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann
  • Soelden IceQ Sommer Gipfelkreuz © Ötztal Tourismus Soelden IceQ Sommer Gipfelkreuz © Ötztal Tourismus
  • Ice Q-Restaurant in Sölden © BBS / Rudi  Wyhlidal Ice Q-Restaurant in Sölden © BBS / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • Soelden IceQ Sommer © Ötztal Tourismus Soelden IceQ Sommer © Ötztal Tourismus
  • Soelden IceQ Sommer Aussenansicht © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Soelden IceQ Sommer Aussenansicht © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • Sölden IceQ Food © Das Hotel Central / Rudi Wyhlidal Sölden IceQ Food © Das Hotel Central / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • Iceq im Sommer © Ötztal Tourismus Iceq im Sommer © Ötztal Tourismus
  • Enjoy a delicious meal and a spectacular view from the IceQ Restaurant in Sölden © Ötztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann Enjoy a delicious meal and a spectacular view from the IceQ Restaurant in Sölden © Ötztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann
  • Soelden IceQ Gourmetrestaurant © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Soelden IceQ Gourmetrestaurant © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • ice Q Sunshine © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal ice Q Sunshine © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • James Bond Elements © 007 TM Danjaq. All rights reserved / Architekturbüro Obermoser James Bond Elements © 007 TM Danjaq. All rights reserved / Architekturbüro Obermoser
  • Sölden James Bond Elements © 007 TM Danjaq. All rights reserved / Architekturbüro Obermoser Sölden James Bond Elements © 007 TM Danjaq. All rights reserved / Architekturbüro Obermoser
James Bond Spectre © 2015 Danjaq, LLC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Columbia Pictures Industries / Inc. SPECTRE James Bond Spectre © 2015 Danjaq, LLC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Columbia Pictures Industries / Inc. SPECTRE

The Gaislachkoglbahn Gondola

A few scenes were shot at the mid-station of the Gaislachkoglbahn gondola, at 2,174 metres above sea level.

In the film, throngs of skiers are heading out to the slopes – oblivious to the drama playing out, with the protagonists pushing their way through the crowds.

James Bond Spectre © 2015 Danjaq, LLC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Columbia Pictures Industries / Inc. SPECTRE James Bond Spectre © 2015 Danjaq, LLC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Columbia Pictures Industries / Inc. SPECTRE

The Glacier Road

Chase scenes are an integral element of any James Bond film, and it is difficult to top one in which a vintage airplane flies alongside Austria’s highest glacier road and then crash-lands to capture the villains and rescue the girl.

Initially this scene wasn't even in the script. The location manager glimpsed the Ötztal Glacier Road from the gondola on her way to view the “ice Q” and knew it would be perfect for a chase scene. The idea was immediately integrated into the script. Further proof, if ever it were needed, of just how inspirational Austria's landscape is.

Other Austrian Film Locations

  • Filmset in Obertilliach © Tourismusverband Osttirol Filmset in Obertilliach © Tourismusverband Osttirol

Obertilliach in East Tirol

The film crew arrived in Obertilliach fully prepared for the elaborate action scene, complete with fast cars and an aeroplane. They even brought along a barn they had dismantled in Styria and rebuilt it on the ski slope of this East Tirolean village, which boasts a population of 700. It took two months to construct the film set, but just a fraction of a second for James Bond to smash through with his plane in order to free Dr. Madeleine Swan from the clutches of evil.

The aeroplane chase scene also took Bond through a corridor-like forest clearing. The previous year, numerous trees had fallen over under the weight of the snow, creating enough room that even an airplane – which was pulled by two cables during filming – could pass through it.

The village was also selected because of its historic centre with its 300-year-old wooden houses, which are protected historic landmarks. This backdrop gives the story a crucial dramatic element. Daniel Craig was on location in Obertilliach for three days of filming, but the entire stunt scenes took a full three weeks to shoot.

  • Seewiese Altaussee © Altaussee-Schifffahrt Seewiese Altaussee © Altaussee-Schifffahrt

Altaussee

Things were a bit more sedate in the spa village of Altaussee in Styria. There were no crashes or explosions, but the resort was the location for a scene integral to the film's plot. James Bond pilots a boat to a hunting lodge on Lake Altausseer See, where he meets Mr. White, a former member of Quantum, who Bond hopes can supply him with information that will lead him to the organisation known as “Spectre”. In return Bond must promise that he will protect White’s daughter, who is to accompany him on his quest.

The solar ship that operates as a passenger ferry on the lake served as the director’s control centre. James Bond fans can retrace the footsteps of 007 on a ride on this ship. Accompanied by seasoned boatmen who were present during the filming, you can glide across the scenic lake to the Jagdhaus Seewiese hunting lodge and hear all the stories of the Bond shooting first-hand. Such as that about the firemen who had to make artificial waves in order to prevent the lake water from freezing. Paul König, the owner of the hunting lodge, also has many exciting Bond insights to share while you enjoy his fish and strudel specialties in front of the original remains of the film set.

Spectre-acular shots

  • Ice Q panoramic restaurant in Soelden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Ice Q panoramic restaurant in Soelden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • James Bond Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Christoph Nösig James Bond Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Christoph Nösig
  • Elements 007 Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Christoph Nösig Elements 007 Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden / Christoph Nösig
  • James Bond Sölden Gaislachkogel & IceQ © Bergbahnen Sölden / Christoph Nösig James Bond Sölden Gaislachkogel & IceQ © Bergbahnen Sölden / Christoph Nösig
  • 007 Elements © Bergbahnen Sölden / Christoph Nösig 007 Elements © Bergbahnen Sölden / Christoph Nösig
  • Big 3 Skirallye Tiefenbach © Ötztal Tourismus / G. E. Big 3 Skirallye Tiefenbach © Ötztal Tourismus / G. E.
  • James Bond Sölden Luftaufnahme Gaislachkogelbahn © Ötztal Tourismus / www.wagnerphoto.de James Bond Sölden Luftaufnahme Gaislachkogelbahn © Ötztal Tourismus / www.wagnerphoto.de
  • James Bond Sölden IceQ Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden James Bond Sölden IceQ Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden
  • James Bond Sölden IceQ Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden James Bond Sölden IceQ Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden
  • Sunset at the IceQ restaurant in Soelden, Tirol © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal Sunset at the IceQ restaurant in Soelden, Tirol © Bergbahnen Sölden / Rudi Wyhlidal
  • James Bond Sölden IceQ Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden James Bond Sölden IceQ Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden
  • James Bond Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden James Bond Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden
  • IceQ im Winter © Ötztal Tourismus / Anton Klocker IceQ im Winter © Ötztal Tourismus / Anton Klocker
  • Soelden IceQ Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden Soelden IceQ Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden
  • James Bond Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden James Bond Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden
  • James Bond Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden James Bond Sölden © Bergbahnen Sölden
  • James Bond Spectre © 2015 Danjaq, LLC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Columbia Pictures Industries / Inc. SPECTRE James Bond Spectre © 2015 Danjaq, LLC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Columbia Pictures Industries / Inc. SPECTRE
  • View of Sölden during Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden View of Sölden during Winter © Bergbahnen Sölden
  • Skifahren in Sölden © Ötztal Tourismus / Isidor Nösig Skifahren in Sölden © Ötztal Tourismus / Isidor Nösig
  • One of Austria's most famous skiing regions - Sölden © Ötztal Tourismus / Isidor Nösig One of Austria's most famous skiing regions - Sölden © Ötztal Tourismus / Isidor Nösig
  • Soelden Winterpanorama © Bergbahnen Sölden Soelden Winterpanorama © Bergbahnen Sölden

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