James Bond SPECTRE in Sölden
THE HOTTEST WINTER OF ALL TIME

James Bond discovered ice Q on the Gaislachkogel as an exclusive filming location. In January and February 2015 Daniel Craig alias James Bond and five hundred of his colleagues and film crew came to Sölden – the hotspot of the Alps. And it is little wonder – barely anywhere else is there a more spectacular venue. The abundant snow and the glacier tunnel provided a noteworthy setting for the action-packed pursuits. This is something director Sam Mendes was aware of – and the valley of the three-thousand metre mountains, as Ötztal is often called, without further ado, became the backdrop for key and speedy action scenes in the new blockbuster. The gourmet temple ice Q at 3048 metres altitude was not only significant as a luxurious dining area for the actor. The futuristic architecture also had a key role to play in the film – but not as a gourmet restaurant, but as a futuristic clinic, where Bond’s opposite Christoph Waltz got up to evil doings.

Secret star in the new James Bond – ice Q
THE MOST STAND-OUT FILMING LOCATION IN SPECTRE

James Bond SPECTRE shooting location ice Q on the Gaislachkogl in Sölden
Pure action

007 on the summit of the Gaislachkogl

A building such as ice Q, which sparkles so uniquely in the midst of the Ötztal Alps, is an eye-catcher per se. There is no longer any doubt that director Sam Mendes would find the right scene – you couldn’t find a more breath-taking 007 backdrop in the entire alpine area. “It is surreal; it’s like something from a painting”, said actor Dave Bautista, who could barely believe his eyes. It’s no wonder then that ice Q played such a key role in the new Bond blockbuster. The sophisticated 900 square metre gourmet castle became a futuristic hospital – a place where Bond’s opponent Christoph Waltz forged sinister plans.

At the same time the exclusive location at 3048 metres altitude, with its superb range of gourmet delights, became a stylish base camp of fine taste for James Bond and his colleagues. On offer, Martini – of course. And how do you like yours? Enjoy yourself like he agent of all agents. In ice Q. The number one address for unforgettable moments.

Official James Bond trailer
VIDEO OF SPECTRE

Facts about the filming of SPECTRE
A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE NEW JAMES BOND

Expectations after the filming of a blockbuster

Sölden & SPECTRE. A successful duo.

Sölden as the venue for bitter struggle. One agent who knows no mercy. Turbulent, action-packed, no compromises – the idyllic mountains of Sölden become the venue of a spectacular showdown with wild pursuits and bags of adrenaline. Happily only in the film. But what does this international media attention mean for tourism and for the adventure-packed area of Sölden?

“A huge amount of global media mentions from and about Sölden in the context of James Bond and SPECTRE has been great for enhancing its image. The PR value for Sölden is huge in any event”, revels Jakob Falkner, head of Bergbahnen Sölden. The area will in future gain a great deal of interest from the film sector, since such fantastic winter settings as there are in the valley of the three-thousand metre mountains are not something you come upon often. Even Sam Mendes, director of the new Bond film was impressed: “We are taking Bond back to the Alps, to the snow again, to Sölden in Austria.”

You can barely imagine how invaluable this is for the region as a whole. In the first public ‘Behind the scenes’ video from Sony Pictures the filming location of Sölden was shown to its full advantage. As an opener Bond girl Léa Seydoux had this to say about the scene: “We are in Austria in a beautiful place called Sölden.” Within just a few weeks the video has many million hits and became a viral hit.

Behind the scenes in Sölden in ice Q
THE VIDEO

Behind the scenes in Sölden in ice Q
Equipment at the James Bond SPECTRE shooting in Sölden

FILMING LOCATIONS IN SÖLDEN

  • Gaislachkogl intermediate station: 3S-Bahn station
  • Gaislachkogl: ice Q restaurant and on the summit
  • Glacier: road tunnel between the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers as well as the adjoining glacier road
  • Duration of the work by the first and second unit: 15 days

FILM CREW IN SÖLDEN

At peak times a 600-strong filming crew were at work. The production was very big, even for Sölden which is accustomed to big events.

EQUIPMENT ON SITE

  • 80 lorries with technical equipment & general equipment
  • 80 mini-vans, 50 pick-ups, 45 Range Rovers
  • Two Britten-Norman Islander aircraft
  • Close to the Gaislachkogl valley station an area spanning many thousands of square metres was set up for trucks, trailers and equipment.

From set to film
IMPRESSIONS OF THE JAMES BOND FILMING IN SÖLDEN

Sölden – Bad Guys
THE SPECTACULAR FILMING LOCATION – ice Q

A place too good to be bad
THE VIDEO

Video - Too good to be bad - ice Q in Sölden
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