1. Welcome to Austria, Mr. Bond

    By Heiko Baumann on 2008-01-03


    Talk about Austria as shooting location for the 22nd still unnamed James Bond
    movie first came up in July, when CBn
    reported that an Eon team
    with producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson and director Marc Forster had
    visited the Floating Stage at the Festival site in Bregenz.

    Vorarlberg Online
    and various Austrian and Swiss media report today that
    both Bregenz Festival speaker Axel Renner and local production manager Leonard
    Gmuer of Unicorn Films have confirmed that both the Floating Stage in Bregenz for
    a major scene and the previously
    nearby small town of Feldkirch for a minor scene have been chosen.
    However, both say that still no contracts have been signed, but that this would
    be only a matter of a few minor details and a few days.

    Floating Stage with 'Tosca' Set

    Floating Stage with ‘Tosca’ Set (Image copyright Bregenz Festival, Karl Forster)

    As previously reported, a
    casting of extras will take place. Now the details for this have been announced:
    1,200 to 1,500 extras for the Bregenz shooting and 25 to 30 extras for the
    Feldkirch shooting are wanted, the casting will take place at the
    Kornmarkttheater in Bregenz on January 18th, 19th and 20th, each day from 9.00
    AM to 5.00 PM. They are looking for a "mixed audience, from 18 to 70", dress
    code from "well dressed" to "tres chic" (dressed for a theatre visit), as the
    extras will have to impersonate a real Festival audience. A bit of stamina and
    patience is required, as shooting will take place on several nights in the
    timespan from 28th April to 10th May 2008. Also wanted are athletic types who
    could act as security people, and the producers are also looking for cars, so
    people can bring pictures of their cars to the casting. Applicants will have to
    fill in a questionnaire and a picture of them will be taken and then, everything
    left to do is waiting and hoping. "People are people" says Leonard Gmuer, "Not
    only local residents but also people from nearby Germany and Switzerland are
    invited to take part."

    Gmuer can’t promise that people will actually be able to catch a glimpse of
    Daniel Craig, as he will be protected and it has to be secured that he’ll be
    able to work concentrated. But he will certainly be shooting scenes on location.
    As it is common use, he’s not allowed to tell any details, but he revealed that
    Bregenz will be Bregenz in the movie and not double for any other place. Welcome
    (back) to Austria, Mr. Bond.