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  1. Casino Royale: Shooting at Strahov Monastery

    Strahov Monastery

    Strahov Monastery

    In an article about how "James Bond has become public enemy number one in
    Prague",

    Ananova
    reports some interesting tidbits on location shooting in the Czech
    capital. It seems the Bond crew currently isn’t filming at Barrandov Studios, as
    previously reported, but at Modrany Studios, which are located in a former
    industrial site in the east of the city.

    Residents living around the studio where Casino Royale is being filmed
    complained their lives are being made a misery by the noise and traffic. They
    claim that "high performance cars constantly speed down the roads, weaving
    between stretch limos carrying the stars and huge lorries carrying stage props".

    Less than a week after filming started, a petition was handed to officials at
    the town hall by angry residents demanding they take action to stop the noise.
    Officials at the local council also admitted that the phones have been ringing
    non-stop from people complaining about the racket. Now, after sending some
    experts to the studio, the council has backed the residents, and ordered
    controls on the comings and goings around Modrany film studio. Production
    company Stillking insists all noise and traffic levels are within the agreed
    limits but has pledged to take more care in future to avoid upsetting locals.

    Strahov Library

    Strahov Library

    The article also states that "Filming at Modrany is due to continue for the
    next 10 days. It will then be shot at Strahov monastery before the crews move to
    the Bahamas." Strahov monastery is a locale that has never been mentioned
    before, but it seems to be a very interesting place with a lot of history. "The
    Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov" is one of the oldest monasteries
    of the Premonstratensian Order in the world. It has been a working monastery
    ever since 1143.

    The most valuable parts of monastery complex are a gigantic library (unique
    library from 1143), reminding the visitor of the world famous library of Trinity
    College in Dublin, the Basilica of Our Lady (Mozart improvised on the organ in
    1787) and a picture gallery that contains one of the truly great private
    collections in the Central Europe and which was established in 1836. Rumours are
    that Strahov is going to double for a location in Montenegro.

    After heading to the Bahamas for three weeks, cast and crew will return to
    Prague in early March and work at the Barrandov film studio, the city’s main
    studio.

    Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond film produced
    by franchise holders Eon Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production
    began shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on 17 November 2006.
    Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, it is currently being filmed in the Czech Republic,
    the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.

    Tim Roth @ 2006-02-03
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