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Three injured on Austrian set of Bond movie

Three crew members are reported to have been injured in an accident on the Austrian set for the latest James Bond film, Spectre, on Tuesday.

Three injured on Austrian set of Bond movie
Daniel Craig on the Spectre set. Photo: APA/Gindl

According to the Hollywood Reporter one of the injured men is second-unit director Terry Madden, who suffered multiple fractures.

During the filming of a stunt scene in Sölden, Austria, a car veered off the road and crashed into a camera platform.

The Austrian Press Agency reports that one British man was caught between the car and the platform and seriously injured, and two other crew members where thrown off the platform.

One also suffered serious injuries and the third man escaped with only minor injuries. Two of the men were airlifted to hospital and the third was treated by medics at the scene.

Police say that the three men, aged 28, 52 and 63 are all British, as is the man who was driving the car and lost control of the vehicle.

This is the second accident to hit Spectre. Last week James Bond star Daniel Craig injured his knee while shooting a fight scene at Pinewood Studios in London. 

Filming for the 24th James Bond film is taking place in various parts of Europe including Austria, London and Rome.

Associate producer Gregg Wilson has promised that Austria would be the site of “one of the major action sequences of the movie, a jewel in the crown so to speak”.

Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes and opens in the UK on October 23rd and worldwide two weeks later.

It also stars double Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz as the villain, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Dave Bautista.

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Waltz nominated for third Golden Globe award

Austrian-German double-Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz, who is due back in Austria shortly to start work on filming the latest James Bond movie opposite Daniel Craig, has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for the third time.

Waltz nominated for third Golden Globe award
Photo: APA (epa)

The actor previously won two Oscars, two Baftas and two Golden Globe awards for his supporting roles in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained".

Now Waltz has been nominated for a third time for his role as Walter Keane in Tim Burton's "Big Eyes".

He is competing in the category "Best Lead Actor in a Comedy".  Earlier this month, Waltz was honoured with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In December, Waltz was officially announced as the lead villain in the latest James Bond installment, which will start shooting in Austria later in the month.

The Bond film, known as Spectre, has been the subject of intense discussion over costs recently due to leaked emails from Sony studios, in which MGM Studios fought with producer Barbara Broccoli to reduce the budget by up to $50 million.

According to CNN, Spectre's budget was originally $300 million, but MGM president Jonathan Glickman insisted on cutting costs — which are shared with co-financing studio Sony Pictures.

The previous film in the franchise, Skyfall, also cost aound $250 million, and Glickman wanted a similar cost. He suggested changes that could reduce the budget, such as switching a night-time scene in a Rome villa to London; modifying a fight scene on a train from four carriages to three, and dropping a 'dramatic finale in the rain' to 'lower the cost of visual/special effects.'

“We recognize that this movie needs to build on the past few films — and there are expectations we must meet for the audience. Still, we must find further cuts,” Glickman said in an email, according to CNN. “This is not about ‘nickel and diming’ the production.”

Broccoli was not willing to compromise. She stated in her response that they “cannot find the cemetery or villa in the U.K.,” and refused to cut down the number of carriages in the train scene.

Pascal then sent a message direct to Glickman, stating: “It’s insane and you know with no script this movie is gonna go overbudget.”

The emails also reveal the film features a “lesbian bad lady”, and confirm that Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the boss of secret organization Spectre, will make an appearance — a role thought to be played by Waltz.

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