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James Bond fans converge on Austrian mountain for new Spectre show

007 fans are meeting in Sölden, Austria, for a new cinematic installation about how the secret agent movies are made. The most recent Bond film, Spectre, was shot on location at the ski resort.

In Spectre, the most recent James Bond film, agent 007 — played by Daniel Craig — follows the daughter of a former syndicate member, thinking she will lead him to the movie's chief villain.

Bond visits the fantastic mountainous landscape of the Ötztal, a glacier region in Tyrol, in Austria.

High up on a mountain there stands a futuristic building of glass and steel where the two are supposed to meet.

But when Bond realizes the woman is being kidnapped, a high-speed car chase quickly ensues along the icy roads, the secret agent pursuing the hostage takers in a small plane.

The scenes taken from the sky and through the snowy forest made the Austrian ski resort of Sölden world famous.

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Making Bond films

Since the film's release in 2015, the village — an hour from Innsbruck — has become a pilgrimage site for James Bond fans.

Movie-goers can now visit "007 Elements," the village's brand new James Bond museum. 3,050 meters (10,000 feet) above sea level, it promises a cinematic insight into the workings of the film Spectre - and of the other Bond films made to date.

Fans will ride the same the cable car that Bond technician "Q" (Ben Wishaw) took. Then they can visit Ice-Q, the futuristic luxury restaurant on the summit of mount Gaislachkogel, which director Sam Mendes appropriated as the "Hoffler Clinic" in the film.

Numerous galleries inside allow movie goers to see all the filmmaking components in James Bond films: title sequences and dramatic music scores, jaw-dropping action sequences, gadgets, vehicles and technology - and the vast array of compelling characters.

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Multimedia for all the senses

The multimedia installation was created with the help of Neal Callow, set designer on Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. Along with Mendes and Craig, he is credited with giving the nearly 60-year-old movie franchise a new lease on life.

"The aim of '007 Elements' is to tell the story of the making of 007 films through an "ultra-modern, emotive and engaging experience while using the incredible location to place guests in Bond's environment and bring the stories to life in a unique and unforgettable way," claims the '007 Elements' website.

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