Thursday, 25 September 2014

Bilbao, Spain

         
The first four minutes of THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH are set in Bilbao, the largest city of the Spanish Basque Country. James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) visits a Swiss bank, not quite by accident located across from the Guggenheim Museum, the city’s eye catcher. The museum was designed by Frank Gehry and is situated on the banks of the river Nervión.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 30 May 2014
The building is a construction made out of titanium, glass and limestone. It was opened by king Juan Carlos on 18 October 1997. A few days earlier an assault was prevented when members of ETA disguised as gardeners tried to place a bomb inside ‘Puppy’, a 12 meter high sculpture by Jeff Koons. This piece of art, a terrier made out of living flowers, is in front of the museum’s entrance.

In the first scene James Bond walks on the Calle Iparraguirre towards the Guggenheim Museum and Puppy is also visible. Filming took place between 16 and 18 February 1999 and attracted large crowds of people, note the spectators behind fences in the background. The weather did not help either, Bilbao has a sea climate and it often rains, also when we were visiting.

The World is not Enough, 0:00:30
Calle Iparraguirre, Bilbao, 28 May 2014
The World is not Enough, 0:00:37
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 28 May 2014
'Puppy', Jeff Koons, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 28 May 2014

During the meeting in the bank on the sixth floor (in real life it is a law firm) James Bond is being attacked but he manages to escape in a spectacular way by jumping from the balcony with the help of a curtain cord and one the bank employees. When he walks on the bridge Puente de la Salve the museum is seen again from a different angle. Since the movie was shot another work of art by Jeff Koons was added (bottom right on the photo). ‘Tulips’ consists of seven giant, shiny tulips. On the occasion of the museum’s tenth anniversary the bridge was also given a work of art, ‘L’arc rouge’ by French artist Daniel Buren. At night a light show can be seen on the red arch.

The World is not Enough, 0:03:59
Bilbao, 28 May 2014
The World is not Enough, 0:04:25
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 28 May2014
'Tulips', Jeff Koons, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 28 May 2014
The World is not Enough, 0:04:28
Puente de la Salve, Bilbao, 28 May 2014
'L'arc rouge', Daniel Buren, Bilbao, 28 May 2014
Screenshots © EON Productions

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Poulsbo WA, USA

         
The pilot episode of TWIN PEAKS was broadcasted on 8 April 1990 by ABC Television. In this first part Pete Martell (Jack Nance) goes fishing and discovers a body wrapped in plastic. The local authorities are alarmed and when the victim is identified as Laura Palmer, a high school student, the town is in shock.

Twin Peaks, pilot episode, 0:07:43
The scene were Pete discovers Laura's body was filmed in Poulsbo, a small town in the state of Washington located northwest of Seattle. The Blue Pine Lodge, the house where Pete lives with his wife Catherine (Piper Laurie) and sister-in-law Josie (Joan Chen) is in real life the Kiana Lodge.
This luxurious venue with its large garden and terraces accommodates weddings and other special events. The interior of the building can be seen in the series as The Great Northern hotel (see Snoqualmie WA). The Kiana Lodge is situated at 14976 Sandy Hook Road.

When we arrived at this location it was not clear if it was a public or a private property. To go to the waterside we had to walk through the building. The staff was busy preparing with what looked like a wedding and we suspected that they thought we were involved because they all greeted us very friendly. Feeling not quite comfortable we quickly went outside where the log where Laura was found still remains. There is even a small sign that indicates that a ‘pivotal scene’ of Twin Peaks was filmed here.

Twin Peaks, pilot episode, 0:02:39
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, 16 July 2010
Twin Peaks, pilot episode, 0:03:28
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, 16 July 2010
Twin Peaks, pilot episode, 0:03:38
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, 16 July 2010
Twin Peaks, pilot episode, 0:03:39
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, 16 July 2010
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, 16 July 2010

Through the website In Twin Peaks we were already informed that the bird, a female varied thrush seen in the opening shot of every episode, was filmed here. We were not able to find the same branch, if it does still exist at all.

Twin Peaks, pilot episode, 0:00:02
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, 16 July 2010

The garden of the Kiana Lodge is decorated with wooden statues, including a totem pole, seen in one of the later episodes.

Twin Peaks, season 2, episode 21, 0:32:33
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, 16 July 2010
Twin Peaks, season 2, episode 21, 0:32:37
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, 16 July 2010

From the photos and videos I made at the Twin Peaks locations that we visited I made the compilation video below, combined with images from the series.


Screenshots © Lynch Frost Productions/Spelling Entertainment