1. Austria Prepped For James Bond Filming

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-04-29


    WARNING: Possible spoilers

    The Quantum of Solace production has made its way to Austria and James Bond is being welcomed with open arms.

    According to reports at and Monsters & Critics, Daniel Craig arrived along with several other cast and crew members to begin filming earlier today.

    As previously reported on, filming will be primarily be focused in Feldkirch and at the Seebühne Floating Stage and Festival Opera House in Bregenz.

    Floating Stage with 'Tosca' Set at Bregenz

    Floating Stage with ‘Tosca’ Set at Bregenz

    Eight photographs posted at Monsters & Critics show the Bond crew preparing for filming in Feldkirch. The town has been hit with Bond fever with carcboard cutouts of previous 007 actors constructed around the main city centre.

    A press announcement posted at Earth Times states that filming in Bregenz is expected to last until 9 May:

    Austrian town hit by James-Bond-fever

    Residents in the western Austrian town of Bregenz were keeping their eyes peeled Tuesday for actor Daniel Craig who is shooting several scenes for the upcoming James Bond movie in the town. A film crew will be in town until May 9 to shoot scenes for Quantum of Solace, the latest instalment in the movie series featuring the British secret agent.

    Filming Tuesday started with a chase scene in the city’s festival hall, a spokesman for the Bregenz opera festival said.

    The city’s annual opera festival, with its signature floating stage on Lake Constance, will play a prominent role in the movie.

    In the evening several streets in the medieval town, with a population of 30,000, will be closed off for filming, before filming on the floating stage Wednesday.

    For James Bond to chase his adversaries across the huge stage, which is dominated by elaborate props and a huge eye, festival organizers set up a complete performance of Puccini’s Tosca, complete with audience.

    The movie’s plot remains a closely-guarded secret until it hits cinemas in November.

    In addition, a brief video of stuntmen preparing for filming at the opera stage can be viewed here.

    Festival House in Bregenz

    Festival House in Bregenz

    As previously noted on CBn, Feldkirch is expected to be doubling as Bregenz in the finished film.

    At the floating stage (first brought up as possible shooting location in July 2007) in Bregenz, Bond will reportedly be interrupting an opera performance as he pursues one of the film’s villains across the grandstand and through the audience. The chase is expected to continue in the Bregenz Festival House.

    CBn will keep you updated with all the latest news and complete coverage of Quantum of Solace.