James Bond Museum Opens atop Austrian Mountain
Fans of the franchise can explore the history of the movies at an actual filming location
Could there be a more appropriate location for an exhibition dedicated to the history of James Bond than at the summit of a mountain? This permanent installation—dubbed “007 Elements”—sits on Austria’s Gaislachkogl Mountain, where a memorable scene from the most recent Bond film, Spectre, was actually filmed.
Located in a structure crafted by Austrian architect Johann Obermoser, the nearly 14,000-square-foot exhibition took cues from the work of Ken Adam, the late production designer who masterminded the Bond sets of the 1960s and ’70s, including the franchise’s first film, Dr. No.
“He very much designed for the camera,” Tino Schaedler, the museum’s head of design, said of Adam in an interview with Dezeen. “Specific angles and positions in the room make the designs shine as the dynamic nature of his compositions unfold at those points.”
Once visitors take a cable car to the top of the mountain, they enter the exhibition through a concrete tunnel, designed to immediately immerse them in the world of 007. The two-level structure features ten rooms, each dedicated to a specific facet of the Bond series, such as the Action Hall, which focuses on the films’ stunts and special effects.
The exhibition also features a spectacular pavilion with floor-to-ceiling windows set at an angle, offering guests an extraordinary view of the mountain below.
While the installation currently has a strong focus on Spectre, it’s designed to be updated over time. A hatch in the roof above the Action Hall allows for large props from the films (like an airplane from the most recent film, currently on view) to be removed and replaced as the exhibit evolves. That’s good news, considering a new installment (and possibly a new star) is already in the works.
See more images from “007 Elements” below.