For many decades, James Bond has been considered the world's best-known secret agent, thrilling masses of viewers movie after movie. Especially the filming locations are spectacular. Unique backdrops with that certain something and often the world's most beautiful and hidden places are used for the movies since ever as a location. Austria has already been a frequent location for James Bond films in the past. For example, the film "The Breath of Death" was shot in 1987 at Lake Weissensee in Carinthia. For the Bond film "Spectre", which was released in 2015, three breathtaking locations in Austria serve as a setting for the exciting film.
Especially for action scenes high in the Austrian Alps, Sölden served as an ideal filming location for the James Bond makers in 2015. Breathtaking footage for "Spectre" was shot on the highest road in the Alps. The head of Söldner Bergbahnen Jakob Falkner himself took the opportunity to place Sölden as a James Bond filming location. When he heard that the production company was interested in Sölden as a film backdrop, he made contact with the filmmakers via the Austrian film commission "Location Austria". Thanks to his commitment, the collaboration went smoothly. In the middle of the ski resort of Sölden in the Ötztal Alps, the mountain station made of curved steel ribs as well as the unique summit restaurant in ice cube design were used as a backdrop for the spectacular scenes. Even the glacier road and especially the 1.8-kilometer-long Rosi Mittermaier Tunnel were opened exclusively for filming in winter.
Under strict safety regulations, the scenes with lead actor Daniel Craig, Bond girl Léa Seydoux and Mr. Hinx Dave Bautista were already shot in January. In the following weeks, scenes with stuntmen followed, and after about three weeks of shooting, the fast-paced car rides and shootouts against the white mountain backdrop were completed.
Besides Sölden, the tranquil community of Obertilliach in East Tyrol also became the setting for James Bond footage. The film crew arrived there with artificial snow, a sports plane and a barn from Styria. For the elaborate filming, a barn in Styria had been dismantled and rebuilt especially for the scenes at the top of a slope in the Golzentipp ski area. In total, filming for "Spectre" took place at four different locations in Obertilliach. For this, even leading actor Daniel Craig was personally on location for three days.
In addition to the rebuilt Stadl, which was referred to by residents of Obertilliach only as the so-called "Bond House", the listed village center also served as a film set. For a particularly wintry backdrop, artificial snow was added there. Filming also took place directly on the slopes, for which the ski lift was closed for two days. Particularly spectacular are the shots from a wooded area near the Golzentipp ski resort, where a sport plane was chased through. In general, the preliminary work for the shoot was very elaborate, which is why it began back in September 2014.
Altaussee was also chosen as the film set for the James Bond film "Spectre" in 2015. However, during this filming it was comparatively quieter, as there was no ruckus or explosions. Here at the beautiful Altausseer See, a pure game scene was shot. For this, the tranquil Altaussee was transformed into the film location of "Spectre" in January 2015. Lake Altaussee was unceremoniously declared a restricted zone, as the production team arrived in Altaussee with several hundred employees as well as numerous trucks. The main filming took place directly on the deep wintry lake and the Seewiese at the far end of Lake Altaussee. There, a scene crucial to the plot of the film was shot. James Bond sets off in a boat, a so-called Plätte, to a hunting lodge on Lake Altaussee. In the hut he comes across Mr. White, a former member of Quantum.
Even though the Romantik Hotel Seevilla is not directly featured in the film, the Seevilla still plays a major role, as the view from the hotel is the film's backdrop. In addition, the Romantik Hotel accommodated the stars of the James Bond film for the duration of filming and also lead actor Daniel Craig was a guest in person for two days in the idyllic hotel on the shores of Lake Altaussee. Due to the high level of secrecy regarding the movie content and filmed scenes and the famous hotel guests, the lakeside villa became a kind of high-security tract for this period. Fans and curious onlookers besieged the hotel during these days to catch a glimpse of the coveted guests. For the hotel staff, too, the filming was an exceptional situation and at the same time a very exciting experience to welcome James Bond actor Daniel Craig personally to the hotel.
You can also experience the James Bond feeling at the Romantik Hotel Seevilla on Lake Altaussee and admire the breathtaking film set of the movie "Spectre". The 4-star superior Romantik Hotel offers its guests a relaxing stay thanks to the hotel's own swimming beach and wellness area and is an ideal starting point for the many activities in the area. The hotel offers breakfast on the Plätte as a highlight. The Plätte is a traditional wooden boat, which is also used in the James Bond film "Spectre". Directly on Lake Altaussee guests can enjoy a unique champagne breakfast in the heart of nature.