Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.8 million (2.6 million within the metropolitan area, nearly one third of Austria's population), and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. The city makes its first official Bond appearance in John Gardner's 1986 James Bond continuation novel Nobody Lives For Ever and is subsequently featured on-screen in the 1987 film The Living Daylights.
At the novel's outset, Bond is on leave, traveling in his Bentley across Europe en route to a medical facility in Vienna to visit his ailing and convalescing housekeeper, May. Bond eventually learns that May and Miss Moneypenny (who was visiting Bond's housekeeper) have been kidnapped by SPECTRE to lure the agent into the organization's clutches.
During the events of The Living Daylights, James Bond crosses the Austrian border from Bratislava and travels to Vienna with Kara Milovy. During his brief tryst with Milovy in Vienna, Bond stays at the Hotel Im Palais Schwarzenberg, a late Eighteenth-Century palace destroyed in World War II converted into a lavish hotel. 007 visits the world-famous Wiener Prater, the internationally renowned amusement park (which was also seen in Carol Reed's classic, The Third Man), to meet with head of section "V" (Vienna), Saunders. As he leaves their meeting, Saunders is killed by the assassin, Necros. Bond and Kara promptly leave for Tangier.
Since Slovakia was still part of Czechoslovakia and behind the Iron Curtain at the time of filming, many of the Bratislavan sequences were actually filmed in Vienna. The outside shots of the Bratislavan concert hall are actually of the Volksoper (lit. People’s Opera House) in Vienna. The inside shots of the concert itself are not the Volksoper, but Vienna’s Sofiensäle (which notably burnt down in 2001). The tram sequences set in Slovakia were shot in Gersthof, Vienna.
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