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James Bond on location in Austria

4. April 2008

When the new James Bond film opens later this year, movie-goers with a keen eye may spot a well-known Austrian venue in the film: Daniel Craig's latest adventure features the famous floating stage from the Bregenz Festival.  

The 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace , will be heading to Austria for filming in Bregenz this Spring.

Bregenz is the capital of Vorarlberg, the westernmost federal state of Austria. The city is situated on the eastern shores of Lake Constance, on a plateau falling in a series of terraces to the lake at the foot of Pfänder mountain. As well as its natural beauty, Bregenz also features 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 Bond 22 production crew visited the Bregenz Festival and witnessed the production of Tosca, which is scheduled to be hosted on the floating stage until late 2008, complete with an enormous rotating eye and huge LED wall. The crew attended and filmed a piano rehersal of the Tosca production to determine whether the stage would work as a location in the film. The scene is rumoured to see James Bond visiting a performance of Tosca and intervening in some manner.

Although Vorarlberg is the second smallest province in Austria in terms of area, it is also Austria's top exporter. The total value of exports from Vorarlberg in 2007 was around £6 billion. The UK is Vorarlberg's fifth largest export market, valued at just under £236m. The province is also home to many of Austria's most successful enterprises including Wolford AG , Liebherr , and Zumtobel .

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