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Museum dedicated to James Bond opens on Austrian mountain

Vienna, Jul 11 (efe-epa).- The world's first museum dedicated exclusively to James Bond opens this week in the Austrian Alps, where scenes for "Spectre" (2015), the most expensive in the long-running spy series, were shot.

The futuristic 007 Elements museum is on the summit of Gaislachkogl Mountain at an elevation of 3,048 meters (nearly 10,000 feet).

The museum shares the mountain's summit with the ice Q gourment restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the Austrian Alps and appeared in the film as the workplace of psychologist Dr. Madeleine Swann, one of the Bond girls featured in "Spectre."

"007 Elements has a cinematographical ambience and the building, created to house the exhibition, looks like the hideout of a Bond villain," Neal Callow, who designed the museum and served as artistic director for the 007 films "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace," "Skyfall" and "Spectre," told EFE.

The high-tech steel and glass building, which sprawls over 1,300 sq. meters (13,974 sq. feet), can only be reached via a gondola from the Sölden ski area.

The museum's nine galleries immerse visitors in the world of Agent 007, using lights, shadows, clips from the Bond films and interactive displays.

In May, it was confirmed that British actor Daniel Craig would be back to play Agent 007 in "Bond 25," the still-untitled next installment of the franchise based on Ian Fleming's characters.

Craig, who will be starring in his fifth Bond film, ended months of speculation last year over who would star in the next film in the series, confirming that he was returning as Agent 007.

"Spectre" grossed $880 million at theaters around the world, Box Office Mojo reported.

EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, which own the film rights to the 007 stories, said in a statement last year that the next Bond movie would be released on Nov. 8, 2019, in North America.

The Bond franchise dates back to "Dr. No" (1962), which starred Sean Connery as the iconic secret agent.

Admission to the museum costs 22 euros ($25.80) for adults and includes transportation on the ski lift.

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