Full details on the locations used by the Casino
Royale production in the Czech Republic, plus a look
ahead at the shooting schedule...
Casino Royale Production Diary #4
14th February 2006
Czech Republic Shooting
On Monday 30th January 2006, when
filming began, the first scenes where Daniel Craig played
James Bond involved an intense fight. According to an AFP
report, the brutal scrap takes place inside the Liberian Embassy
where Bond has to fight off several goons. Misha Olexova, Stillking
Films marketing chief confirmed, "it was an action scene,
a very tough fight". Two days later, the first shots of a
bloodied and bruised Craig in 007-attire were leaked
by Getty Images.
Shooting continued in the Czech Republic this week, with action
taking place at the Strahov Monastery.
The monastery encompasses a 770 square meter large area,
which is now being occupied entirely by the production.
The area has been transformed with tents, trailers, make
up rooms and production offices by the British company Translux.
The filming is taking place inside the building, in the
monastery's famous library.
The scene itself has been kept top-secret and despite intense
interest from the press, no information has leaked in recent
media reports. Since the film "lensed" on 30th
January, details of the filming has been kept relatively
under wraps (although the Latino Review website blew the
plot wide open in a recent script
from local residents over the level of noise and traffic
generated by the production, local government reportedly
imposed conditions on the filmmakers in an attempt to come
to a working compromise. Local mayor Petr Hana told reporters
this week that the people who were complaining "should
be proud that that James Bond raises the area's reputation".
Above: Strahov Monastery
Another councilor, Martin Salek, added that the production was only
based in the vicinity of the monastery for a short time, and that
they got paid a fee of 250 Euros a day - which was a welcome additional
income for the administrative department.
Above: Loket Castle
Filming in and around the Modrany film studio is expected
to wrap this week, with the production to move next to the
German border region and the spa town of Karlovy Vary. Location
work will also take place at Loket
Castle, 15 km from the town and 135 km from Prague.
Casino Royale production will shift to the Bahamas in a
few days, and will then move on to Italy, return to the
Czech Republic in March for major studio work in Barrandov,
and then finally relocate to Pinewood Studios in England
for two weeks with principal photography scheduled to wrap
House, a secluded and magical estate nestled in the Southwest
corner of New Providence in the Bahamas, has the honour of being
the first location to be used for several scenes.
The art department will be based in Coral Harbour on
New Providence Island, and are already in the process of
transforming local beachfront properties and dressing sets
- one of which is a facade of a large ocean-view building.
Areas of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force facility has been
taken over with production trailers and large cranes.
A popular hotel in the Bahamas is about to be transformed
into the Liberian Embassy in Madagascar — a perplexing
development considering Madagascar's location off the coast
of Africa. The Buena
Vista, a 200-year-old mansion with a legendary restaurant,
will double for a location in Casino Royale.
Above: Coral Harbour
Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon
Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is
scheduled for release November 17, 2006. Principal photography
started on January 30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech
Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British
actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond. He is the
sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.
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