Early in the morning, the larger part of the ‘SPECTRE’ Crew left Altaussee for Soelden, leaving behind the Second Unit to shoot some additional material of the lake and scenery. The distance between Altaussee and Soelden is 350 km which, a drive of approximately 4 hours with 25 trucks and many cars.
The morning in Soelden began with the lockdown of the 3S cable car as well as the IceQ restaurant on the 3040m high peak of Gaislachkogl – the webcam image showed the now familiar security guards and helpers in yellow jackets preparing the area for filming. An additional feature had been added to the IceQ which resembles a garage but is more likely a modern, futuristic looking entrance. I remember seeing it during my visit on December 23rd. In the image below, glass doors are clearly visible now. All webcams at Gaislachkogl stopped broadcasting fresh images from 09.30am onwards.
The weather in Soelden was very good today, despite a few clouds in the morning at -3°C in the valley and freezing -6.8°C on the peak of Gaislachkogl. The filming, scheduled from January 7 – 11 could once again be subjected to changing weather conditions: stormy wind from the south-west and changeable weather is expected for Friday and so the film crew will have to use every timeframe carefully.
A little discontent could be observed with just a few ski tourists of the region since the 3S cable car Gaislachkogl II, two slopes (1 & 1b) and the IceQ are completely closed for the duration of the filming. However, this seems a rather small price to pay compared to the plus in revenue the Bond crew brings to Soelden.
To mark the start of filming in Soelden, a photocall was held for members of the press at the peak of Gaislachkogl together with Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux and Dave Bautista. It is understood, that filming will commence tomorrow.
Photos: Starpix, Alexander Tuma – @gulfnewstabloid – Reuters, Dominic Ebenbichler – APA, Barbara Gindl – Joe Klamar, AFP – REUTERS – ANSA