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QoS - Bregenz Opera House Exterior

Exterior shots of the Seebühne, as seen in Quantum of Solace (2008).

The Bregenz Opera House, named the Seebühne (or floating stage), is a real-world 7,000 seat open-air amphitheatre situated on the shores of Lake Constance. The location is one of several venues used for the Bregenzer Festspiele (Bregenz Festival), a performing arts festival held every July and August in Bregenz, Austria. The Seebühne was prominently featured in the 2008 James Bond film, Quantum of Solace and its video-game adaptation of the same name as a meeting place for members of the Quantum organisation during a performance of Tosca. In both versions, half the place gets shot up as a result of a battle between Bond and Quantum's minions; in addition, Bond also blows up a dock and the stage is collapsed in an attempt to kill him.

Behind the scenes

Quantum of Solace - Marc Forster on set

Director Marc Forster on the set of Tosca at the Seebühne.

Filming took place at the floating opera stage at Bregenz, Austria, from 28 April – 9 May 2008. The sequence, where Bond stalks the villains during a performance of Tosca, required 1500 extras.[1] In addition, crowd creation was done for the scene by Machine FX, to make the performance look like it had sold out.[2] The production used a large model of an eye, which Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster felt fitted in the Bond style, and the opera itself, an operatic thriller about love, power and jealousy by Giacomo Puccini, has parallels to the film.[3] Forster edited the opera scene to resemble The Man Who Knew Too Much.[4]

References

  1. "Production Diary (10)", MI6-HQ.com, 8 February 2008. Retrieved on 9 February 2008. 
  2. Bill Dawes. "Back into Bondage", fxguide, 16 November 2008. Retrieved on 22 November 2008. 
  3. "'Quantum of Solace' set visit: filming in Austria; Craig's next Bond moves; 007's new foes; rumors laid to rest", MSN, 8 May 2008. Retrieved on 16 May 2008. 
  4. Edward Douglas. "Marc Forster Finds His Quantum of Solace", ComingSoon.net, 10 November 2008. Retrieved on 10 November 2008. 

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