Further reports indicate that
the 22nd James Bond film is likely to be heading
to Austria for location filming in the Voralberg
region of the country...
Bond 22 Pre-Production Diary (12)
23rd September 2007
It appears that the 22nd
James Bond film
will be heading
to Austria for location filming, as the production team
spent further time in the country last week. More specifically,
location scouting took place again in Voralberg, the westernmost
state of Austria.
Though it is the nation's second smallest state in terms
of area (Vienna is the smallest), Voralberg borders Germany,
Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Bregenz is the capital of
the Voralberg region, which also is one of the five cities
(the other four are: Dornbirn, Hohenems, Feldkirch and
Above: Location scouting focused
on the city of Bregenz in the Voralberg region of Austria.
Last month, MI6
reported that the production team had already visited the city
of Bregenz to take in a rehearsal performance
of "Tosca" a unique Opera stage which floats on the
water (known as the "Seebühne"). The stage is
a key tourist attraction of the region, and due to the expensive
sets used in the productions, each opera is featured for two
consecutive years. The production team also visited the Festival
Opera House in the city during the August trip.
Above: The impressive set for
the production of Tosca on the floating stage in Bregenz,
Local news reports now state that city organisers are looking
to take advantage of Bond's location filming in a tourism push
for the region's festivals. If plans move ahead, a contract is
due to be signed in November which will cover location shooting
in and around a performance of "Tosca" on the floating
Location, Location, Location
During the past week, production representatives were
also interested in the modern architecture around the
Rhine Valley region Ländle.
The location scouting
also took in the art gallery in Bregenz, the area of
Bodensee around Lake Constance, and the nearby Friedrichshafen
airport across the border in Germany.
Axel Renner, press spokesman for the festival, confirmed
that scouting had taken place between the cities of Dornbirn
Renner also told local radio that
the production team were particularly interested in
the industrial plants and modern architecture in the
region. He stressed though that no firm decisions
had been made yet. Confirmation is expected in November.
Above: The art gallery in Bregenz
was a specific point of interest for location scouts.
Above: Across the border in Germany,
the nearby Friedrichshafen airport was also visited.
Appearing on "The Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson
on CBS (USA) to promote his new film "In the Valley of
Elah", writer Paul
Haggis was quizzed about his work on the new 007 movie.
When asked how far along he is in re-writing the first draft
script by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Haggis
am on page 45". This is "no where near" half
way, according to Haggis, which indicates Bond 22 may have
a long running time akin to "Casino Royale". He joked
that "shooting doesn't start until December,
so I have plenty of time", and hinted that traditional
Bond gadgets may come back in the new film - "they might,
they might, but I won't tell you", he teased. Haggis revealed
he is heading to Italy to get some writing complete. "It's
nice that people can't get you on the phone. Because they're
9 hours behind [in Los Angeles] I can
get a lot done".