Further Quantum Details, Pics, Video

Things have been busy on the set of “Quantum of Solace”, the upcoming 22nd James Bond film which has spent the first part of May shooting a key scene in Bregenz, Austria.

The scene in question has Bond attending a performance of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ at the legendary theatre where he first spots the film’s villain Dominic Greene and figures out he’s communicating with other members of Quantum over earpieces – forcing him to improvise in procuring one.

It eventually has Bond interrupting the performance as he pursues one of the film’s villains across the grandstand and through the audience. The action sequence will also run through the kitchens of the festival hall, and involve one of the henchmen falling off the top of a building at the opera stage.

The shoot required a complete performance of the opera staged over several evenings, including over 1500 soloists and extras, orchestra, chorus members, technicians and audience. Several major media outlets got to attend the Austria shoot and you can read their reports at IGN Movies, Rotten Tomatoes.

There’s also some new pics of Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko and the rest of the cast at the Austrian press conference at Spoiler TV, MI6 and ORF. Further official stills from the movie can be found by clicking either of the shots below:

Other recent updates from the production:

Filming took place last month at the Torre di Talamonaccio in Tuscany (pics here) for a scene where Bond and Camille (Olga Kurylenko) interrogate Mathis (Giancarlo Gianni).

– British actor Simon Kassianides has joined the cast as Yusef, a character who meets with Bond in Moscow and carries an Algerian Love Knot similar to the one Vesper Lynd had in her possession in “Casino Royale”. TV actress Stana Katic will play the vixen Corinne Veneau in the same scene.

– A fascinating in-depth article about the stunt that went wrong in Italy last month details not just the accident but much of the film’s opening 15-minute car chase sequence. Originally the scene had two trucks and two cars, both Alfa Romeos, involved in a spectacular metal-wrenching crash.

Finally comes a new official viral video widget which you can stick on your own site or profile. Production moved back to Pinewood Studios in the UK over the weekend where filming will continue for seveal more weeks.