While all eyes are fixed on Soelden where the Bond crew is currently on their final day of filming according to the schedule with hiring skiers for background action, the small village of Obertilliach prepares for the filming of the action scenes which will be shot there next week. Test shots at the purpose-built “Bond House” had been done on Friday in perfect sunshine and slightly too warm temperatures: a damaged plane, plane parts and a Land Rover had been placed on the set, six crew members in climbing irons had pulled the plane over a snow ramp with the help of a rope and pure virility.
Naturally, some Bondfans on holiday in the region were eagerly observing the scene – among them members of the James Bond Club Switzerland and James Bond Club Germany who were also interviewed by German TV and used the scenery around the film set to pump themselves up for the upcoming 007 adventure. Right in the middle of their photo session, they ran into none other than Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould who had begun his time with 007 in 1977 on the set of ‘THE SPY WHO LOVED ME’ from where he worked his way up as part of the Special Effects crew. Since ‘GOLDENEYE’ (1995), Corbould has been Special Effects Supervisor for every following James Bond film.
While Obertilliach had been covered under a thick blanket of snow same time last year, the situation in the village doesn´t look that promising now. A lot of snow is needed for the filming next week and Josef Lugger, manager of the Obertilliach cable car company, said: “We cover everything with artificial snow at full speed. Right now, 15 snow cannons are in operation to satisfy the film crew as well as our guests.” As an additional measure, fresh snow had been brought in from other regions over the past few days and even special film snow will be used.
As seen on the first photo, the scenes that are to be filmed in Obertilliach include a plane. Since the planes used for filming are apparently too big to be stored in the village, a nearby airfield was chosen for temporary storage. “A hangar tent for two planes will be put up at Nikolsdorf airfiel in the upcoming days. The planes are supposed to start from there, heading to Obertilliach”, reports an informant.
On Thursday, materials and props arrived almost hourly in Obertilliach which occasionally produced traffic jams and road closures. This was handled with an own traffic control system. Filming of the spectacular action and stunt scenes in Obertilliach is scheduled from January 14th – 17th with Daniel Craig on location, the filming will however continue until February.