Wednesday 13 December 2017

Pay attention, 007! This Bond lair is opening a mountaintop cinema

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ice Q by Rudi Wyhlidal
ice Q by Rudi Wyhlidal
Ice Q at Sunset by Rudi Wyhlidal
An artist's impression of the new Bond Cinematic Installation set for the Austrian Alps
Daniel Craig as Jamed Bond in Spectre (2015). Photo: Alexander Tuma / Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. and MGM Studios
ice Q by Rudi Wyhlidal
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

The name's Q. ice Q. And it's opening a new James Bond cinematic installation on Austria's Gaislachkogl Mountain this winter.

The ice Q Restaurant in Sölden starred as the Hoffler Klinik in Bond movie Spectre (2015), and formed part of the snow chase sequence in the film.

Now Cable Car Companies Sölden is partnering with EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to create a bespoke new building housing the 007 installation.

ice Q (iceq.at) is a €4.5m fine-dining restaurant set at over 3,000m in the Otztal Alps. The glass cubic structure offers views across hundreds of picture-perfect peaks in Germany, Italy and Austria... perfect for your martini (shaken, not stirred).

ice Q by Rudi Wyhlidal
ice Q by Rudi Wyhlidal

It's a lair that would have any Bond villain licking their lips. 

And the price?

A three-course fine-dining menu starts at €44pp (five courses will set you back €58pp), while the bistro is a little more affordable with sweet treats like apfel strudel from €6, or a club sandwich at €19.

That's not counting your ski holiday in the Tyrol region, of course.

An artist's impression of the new Bond Cinematic Installation set for the Austrian Alps
An artist's impression of the new Bond Cinematic Installation set for the Austrian Alps

The new cinema installation has yet to be named (details of the visitor experience are expected later this year), but given that Cable Car Companies Sölden is responsible for the BIG 3 (viewing platforms on three different 3,000-meter-high mountains) and the two most powerful cable cars in Europe (the Gaislachkogelbahn and the new Giggijochbahn), you can expect state-of-the-art tech that would do Q proud.

Designed and built by award-winning architect Johann Obermoser, the innovative cinema space will literally be embedded into the top of Gaislachkogl.

Daniel Craig as Jamed Bond in Spectre (2015). Photo: Alexander Tuma / Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. and MGM Studios
Daniel Craig as Jamed Bond in Spectre (2015). Photo: Alexander Tuma / Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. and MGM Studios

The installation is inspired by the work of James Bond Production Designer Sir Ken Adam, and conceptualised by Bond Art Director Neal Callow (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre) together with Optimist Inc. Head of Design Tino Schaedler and his team.

Topflight (topflight.ie) and Crystal Ski (crystalski.ie) are among the tour operators doing ski packages to the Tyrol region from Ireland.

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