Newly promoted to 00 status, James Bond (Daniel
Craig) takes on his first mission in Casino Royale. Much of Craig's first Bond film (and the
21st in the series) was shot in the Czech Republic, key scenes were set in
Venice, and the cast and crew did descend on the canal-side city for a few days
of filming. The Venetian hotel in which Bond and Vesper are supposed to be
staying was actually a building in Prague, but the shots of them sailing their
yacht along the Grand Canal, between the Accademia and Rialto bridges, is
100 per cent Venice. The part of this sequence in which the boat is docked was
filmed at the Hotel Cipriani's private dock, just next to the alfresco Cip's
Terrace Restaurant, overlooking the Grand Canal; the crew rented the entire
terrace for the shoot of this scene and others along the Canal. Some of the
actors and filmmakers also stayed at the Hotel Cipriani during the shoot, with
Craig bunking in the Palazzo Vendramin section of the hotel, in room 76 - a beautiful suite with views of St. Mark's
Square. Restaurant Manager, Adamello Bianco, recalls the friendly actor dining
at Cip's three times during his stay, while Head Barman, Walter Bolzonella,
remembers Craig and co-star Eva Green coming in to the
Fortuny Bar for a drink. When the bartender offered the actor a Bond-style
Vesper Martini, Craig replied, For once in my life, I will have a Bellini!
The hotel offers a popular 'Venice: A Movie
Dream' walking tour, which takes guests to spots all over the city that were
featured in both classic and contemporary films.
Other LHW hotels which starred in Bond movies are:
Taj Lake Palace, India in Octopussy, Burgenstock Park Hotel in Goldfinger and
The Langham London in Golden Eye.