1. Czech Shooting Titbits

    By Heiko Baumann on 2006-05-12

    Various German Newspaper picked up a report from dpa (Deutsche Presseagentur) on the Casino Royale shooting in the Czech Republic. The crew is currently filming in a former military hospital in the Czech town of Plana. Bond gets injured during the events of Casino Royale and receives medical treatment there. One can assume that these are the hospital scenes which, in the novel, take place after the torturing of Bond by Le Chiffre. Karel Vrzala, Mayor of Plana, is delighted to see a Bond movie shooting in his town, but admits that the presence of 15 equipment trucks and 40 other vehicles for a whole week causes minor problems in the small town of 5000 inhabitants. The fee of 700 Euros per day helps a bit, but earlier statements were repeated, that officials would very much prefer the hospital to be put back to its original use.

    Czech Ministry of Transport

    Czech Ministry of Transport

    Before moving to Plana, the crew was shooting in front of the “Ministerstvo dopravy” (Ministry of Transport) in Prague. The building will double as a museum in Miami, in which a “Body Worlds” exhibition takes place. The building itself had been decorated with giant “Body Worlds” posters, huge palm tress, Miami phone booths and newsstands. Bond himself will arrive in a yellow Miami taxi (No. 1413), dressed in leather jacket and beige trousers, and hurry through a crowd of 70 extras towards the museum.

    After Plana, the Crew is going to move to Loket and Karlovy Vary, where shooting will take place at the Mill Collonade and the Kaiserbad.

    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.