Full details on the filming confirmed for the floating Opera stage in Austria, plus a complete round-up on the latest "Quantum of Solace" news...

Production Diary (10)
8th February 2008

MI6 first reported that the opera stage "Seebühne Bregenzer" was scheduled to host James Bond with filming of a "Tosca" performance way back in July 2007. Talks were still underway to secure the unique location in Bregenz, Austria, for the film back in December last year, and although no contracts had yet been signed, in January notices for extras casting were posted. With "Quantum of Solace" now three weeks in to production, and casting for the 1,500 extras already complete, agreements have finally been settled to shoot on the stage.

Above: The impressive set for the production of Tosca on the floating stage in Bregenz, Austria

Austrian theatre chiefs that run the spectacular floating stage have confirmed that part of "Quantum of Solace" will be filmed there. The filming will take place on Lake Stage Bregenz, a huge platform floating on Lake Constance, and James Bond will fight his enemies during a performance of Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca.

The 200-man-plus film crew will be in Bregenz for 10 days from April 30 to May 9, and 1,500 extras have already been recruited, Swiss production company Unicorn Media confirmed in a Friday statement confirming rumours that have been circulating for some time.

Director Marc Forster and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson visited the Seebuehne in Bregenz for a dress rehearsal last summer and were very enthusiastic about the location.

"The Seebuehne is really an extraordinary place, the scenery is spectacular," Broccoli said. Wilson added: "What we saw in July 2007 was very impressive. James Bond movies have always taken the cinema audience to special locations - and the gigantic eye of the Tosca scenery is absolutely unique. The Tosca scenery with the huge blue eye fits the story of the new James Bond movie perfectly."

Daniel Craig himself revealed that he is also looking forward to filming at the Seebuehne.

He said: "I've never been to Austria, and I'm very happy that my career is finally taking me there. The Seebuehne and the Bregenzer Festspiele are world famous, and we will spend more than a week there to shoot one of the movie's most-important scenes."


Above: The central 'eye' rotates in the stage backdrop

Above: The 7000-strong audience watches from inclined seating

Previously, Unicorn chief Leonhard Gmür said that "in the final film, the scene on the floating stage will last a maximum of five minutes". Local reports indicate that the sequence will involve 007 interrupting the opera performance by chasing a villain through the grandstands before moving in to the Bregenz Festival House. The nearby town of Feldkirch has also been selected for filming, but for a minor scene.

Above: Sir Richard Branson with "Casino Royale"s Caterina Murino


Bond Will Do Virgin - Again
Sir Richard Branson was on London's LBC radio station earlier this week where he mentioned "Quantum of Solace". Branson told host Nick Ferrari his Virgin Atlantic Group has secured further product placement branding in the latest adventures of 007. Sir Richard made a brief cameo appearance in "Casino Royale".

He went on to say Bond (Daniel Craig) will be seen in at the bar of the first class section of one of the Virgin Atlantic aircraft. Branson also joked that he'll not be making an appearance in this one. "They haven't asked me!" He quipped. Adding, Branson stated having Virgin be part of Bond is a very good set of advertising.

Rival airline British Airways cut Sir Richard's cameo out of the film when they aired "Casino Royale" on their in-flight entertainment, and also airbrushed out the Virgin logo.

BA last flew 007 in 2002's "Die Another Day".

Teaser Poster Unveiled
The first teaser poster for the 22nd James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" has been officially unveiled. Released by AOL and 007.com, the teaser poster features the shadow of James Bond. It shows 007 in a similar pose to which he ended the previous film "Casino Royale", whilst interrogating Mr White. The new film will start moments later. Perhaps a side-effect of the production deciding on "Quantum of Solace" just a couple of days before the press conference, the poster does not feature the new title, simply stating "007" and "November 2008".

007.com has also launched three wallpapers based on the teaser poster:
- 800x600 resolution
- 1024x768 resolution
- 1280x1024 resolution