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James Bond in Sölden – Spectre-cular!

The interactive exhibition "007 ELEMENTS “ on the Gaislachkogl in Sölden gives insight into the filming activities for the latest James Bond film “Spectre”.

This time it is his search for the secret organization “Spectre” that takes agent James Bond around the globe on his 24th mission. Along the way, 007 makes stops not only in Mexico and Rome, but in Austria, where in early 2015 one of the most spectacular action scenes of “Spectre” was filmed in Sölden, Tirol. The installation “007 ELEMENTS”, on the summit of the Gaislachkogl Mountain, aims at bringing the story of the production of the most expensive James Bond film of all time to life in an unforgettable way.

 

Top secret

The content of the cinematic installation “007 ELEMENTS”, situated at 10,000 feet (3,050 metres) above sea level, is just as top secret as the precise opening date. But the name speaks for itself: James Bond films have certain characteristics: fast cars, breakneck action scenes and spectacular locations. All of these signature elements will be explored in the installation. The filming of “Spectre” in Sölden, of course, plays the leading role, but other parts of the Bond series will be featured as well.

 

Licence to experience

The installation will extend over two levels, creating a unique 13,993 square foot (1,300-square-metre) Bond world. Film screens, soundscapes, and interactive exhibits will appeal to all senses and relate the Bond story in an engaging and educational way. 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 you enter through an underground tunnel, is an integral component of the overarching concept, blending seamlessly with the Alpine backdrop and offering the typical 007 combination of impressive architecture and breathtaking scenery.

 

Bond-esque architecture

Talking about architecture: Sölden has the modern design of its “ice Q” restaurant on the Gaislachkogl to thank for being 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 a “spectre-cular” action scene needs.

The film locations in Sölden

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

The "ice Q"

Enthroned on the summit of the Gaislachkogl is the stylish gourmet restaurant “ice Q”. In “Spectre” this structure served as the location of the “Hoffler Klinik”, where Dr. Madeleine Swann works as a psychologist. The Bond girl is abducted by the evil Mr. Hinx, and 007 – as we expect – 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 post-ski martini in the best James Bond tradition: “shaken, not stirred”. The stupendous panorama from the 10,032 foot (1,3,058-metre) summit is even mentioned in the film and should not be missed

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

Parts of the movie were shot at the mid-station of the Gaislachkoglbahn gondola, at (7,132 feet) 2,174 metres above sea level. In the film, throngs of skiers are heading out to the slopes – oblivious to the dramas playing out around 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 was not 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. Which is not surprising: this is how inspiring Austria’s landscape is.

Additional film locations in Austria:

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

Obertilliach in Osttirol

“I packed my suitcase with fast cars, an airplane and a barn.” The film crew arrived in Obertilliach fully laden for the elaborate action scene. They even brought along a barn they had dismantled in Styria and then rebuilt on the ski slope of this East Tirolean village, population 700. It took two months to construct the film set, which James Bond then smashes through with his plane in a fraction of a second to free Bond girl Dr. Madeleine Swan from the clutches of evil. “Right now, Dr. Swann, I am your best chance of staying alive,” says Bond. Any man who goes to these lengths can be taken at his word.

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

Incidentally, the village was also selected because of its historic centre with its 300-year-old wooden houses, which are protected as 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 quieter in Altaussee. This was the location for a scene with no crashes or explosions, but one that was crucial to the film’s plot: James Bond pilots a boat to a hunting lodge on lake Altausseer See. There he meets Mr. White, a former member of Quantum who Bond hopes can supply him with information that will lead him to the organization 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, one can glide across the scenic lake to the “Jagdhaus Seewiese” and hear all the stories of the Bond shooting first-hand. Like the one of 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, has also many exciting Bond insights to share while you enjoy his fish and strudel specialties and fantasise about a secret agent’s life in front of the original remains of the film set.

007 facts about shooting the James Bond film in Sölden

007 facts about shooting the James Bond film in Sölden

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007 Elements

Gaislachkogel
6450 Soelden

Fax: +43 (0) 57200 201

007 Elements

Gaislachkogel
6450 Soelden

Fax: +43 (0) 57200 201

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