How to holiday like a special agent: With its rugged mountain peaks and stunning panoramic views, it is easy to understand why the jaw-dropping Alpine setting of Sölden was chosen as the setting for shooting action-packed mountain scenes for the 24th film of the Bond franchise.
The ski resort of Sölden is set to reap the benefits of serving as the backdrop to dramatic action sequences in the latest James Bond film, with its mountain peaks and a dazzling glass cube restaurant splashed across movie screens around the world. After you saw “Spectre”, you probably will want to know if the Hoffler Klinik is a real place. It is. Sort of. The spectacular Ice Q, an eye-catching fine dining restaurant on top of Gaislachkogl Peak at 3,048 meters, hosted the futurist private hospital. If the state-of-the-art gondola, which cast and crew used for uphill and downhill rides, is real, too? And how much effort it took to shoot the very spectacular and thrilling chase with planes and range rovers on the Glacier Road? The team of Set Jetting TV answers all these (and more) questions in this video:
It is an endorsement that few advertising budgets can buy: A placement in Spectre, the 24th Bond caper. Jack Falkner, head of the Soelden mountain railway company, considers the Bond filming “a lottery win”. After scouting mountain-top locations across Europe, Bond production designers settled on the ski resort town of Sölden in Tirol’s Ötztal Valley, not only for its jagged mountain peaks but also for its Ice Q Restaurant, a three-storey glass-enclosed cube that stands glinting in the sun at over 3,000 meters above sea level. For Spectre, the futuristic Ice Q Restaurant doubles as a private clinic. But something is different—in reality, the building is much smaller than seen on screen. In fact, the Klinik was a composite of a real location, a studio, and CGI effects. The rest of the interior scenes were shot at a studio in London. The lofty peaks of the Ötztal Alps that were a stunner in the movie’s plane landing scene are definitely real—and do look larger in reality than it seems from the screen.
To recreate Bond’s journey, start at “Das Central”, a family-owned Five Star Hotel in the heart of Sölden. It was here where Jack Falkner shook hands on the filming deal with director Sam Mendes. Das Central is a luxurious Alpine hideaway, geared up as much for exploring the superb ski resort on its doorstep, as pampering and indulgence. It is on one of Sölden’s Gaislachkogl cable cars where the filmmakers shot another key scene of Spectre, starring Ben Whishaw as the MI6 boffin “Q”. All actors and crew taking part in the film shooting also used this state-of-the-art gondola for uphill and downhill rides, as this is the only way to access the Ice Q location.
The spectacular snowy Glacier Road with its imposing mountains and exciting tunnel was the setting for the action-packed car/plane chase scene, with two Britten Norman Islander planes and 45 Range Rover Sport SVRs. During the winter months, a slope next to the Glacier Road takes skiers down the mountain. With a little imagination, you can almost see the cars tearing across the road. Crowned with a shootout and a crashed aircraft, the Spectre production was quite a challenge to the ski resort of Sölden, which is used to host spectacular events. With a beautiful woman and action-packed scenes, the world’s favourite spy has been taking Sölden by storm during the filming of the franchise’s 24th Hollywood blockbuster, Spectre.
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