James Bond mu­seum opens on Aus­trian Alps

Oman Daily Observer - - WORLD -

VI­ENNA: The first mu­seum ded­i­cated ex­clu­sively to fic­tional Bri­tish Se­cret Ser­vice agent James Bond has opened on the Aus­trian Alps, where scenes for Spec­tre (2015), the most ex­pen­sive in the long-run­ning spy se­ries, were shot.

The fu­tur­is­tic 007 El­e­ments mu­seum is on the sum­mit of Gais­lachkogl Moun­tain at an el­e­va­tion of 3,048 me­tres (nearly 10,000 feet), Efe news re­ported.

The mu­seum shares the moun­tain’s sum­mit with the ice Q gourmet restau­rant, which of­fers panoramic views of the Aus­trian Alps and ap­peared in the film as the work­place of psy­chol­o­gist Dr Madeleine Swann, one of the Bond girls fea­tured in Spec­tre. The Bond mu­seum has a cin­e­mato­graph­i­cal am­bi­ence and the build­ing, cre­ated to house the ex­hi­bi­tion, looks like a vil­lain’s hide­out, Neal Cal­low, who de­signed the mu­seum and served as artis­tic di­rec­tor for the 007 films Casino Royale, Quan­tum of So­lace, Sky­fall and Spec­tre told EFE.

The high-tech steel and glass build­ing, which sprawls over 1,300 sq me­tres can only be reached via a moun­tain gon­dola from the Solden ski area.

Ad­mis­sion to the mu­seum costs $25.80 for adults and in­cludes trans­porta­tion on the ski lift.

The mu­seum’s nine gal­leries im­merse vis­i­tors in the world of Agent 007, us­ing lights, shad­ows, clips from the Bond films and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays.

In May, it was con­firmed that Bri­tish ac­tor Daniel Craig would be back to play Agent 007 in “Bond 25” the still-un­ti­tled next in­stal­ment of the fran­chise based on Ian Flem­ing’s char­ac­ters.

Craig, who will be star­ring in his fifth Bond film, ended months of spec­u­la­tion in 2017 over who would star in the next in the se­ries, con­firm­ing that he was re­turn­ing as Agent 007.

Spec­tre grossed $880 mil­lion at the­atres around the world, Box Of­fice Mojo re­ported.

EON Pro­duc­tions and Met­ro­gold­wyn-mayer Stu­dios, which own the film rights to the 007 sto­ries, said in a state­ment in 2017 that the next Bond movie would be re­leased on Novem­ber 8, 2019, in the US.

The Bond fran­chise dates back to Dr No (1962), which starred Sean Con­nery as the iconic se­cret agent. — IANS

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