AUSTRIA – Vienna, the Volksoper & Bond’s “sniper room” // The Living Daylights (1987)
There are uglier places for an assassination: This Vienna spot offers both a chocolate shop and a superb opera house!
Why Bond was here
James Bond (Timothy Dalton) is assigned on a mission in Bratislava. He is supposed to take out a young Soviet sniper – in fact the cellist Kara Milovy (Maryam d’Abo). She has a play at the Bratislava opera, in fact the Volksoper in Vienna. And Bond hides in an apartment across the street, in fact a famous Vienna sweets shop. He soon realizes, that Kara is not a professional killer but a mere KGB tool – and a bigger conspiracy unfolds behind her back.
Both locations – the Volksoper and the “Sniper Room” – are real and on location just like in the movie. Okay, they are in Vienna though, not in Bratislava.
The Volksoper is at Währinger Straße 78, the “Sniper Room” in the apartment above Confiserie “Zum süßen Eck” (“At the sweet corner”) at the junction of Währinger Straße and Schlagerstraße.
You can scroll around both locations right here:
Good to know
The best – and Bondiest – way to reach the Volksoper is with tram line 42. This is the same tram line, that is used in the movie to get to Karas apartment in the “Antonigasse” (read more about that location here). The tram stop is named “Volksoper”, just like the location. Metro line U6 also stops here and connects “Volksoper” to the city center.
The Confiserie, or chocolate shop, was closed due to renovation, when we were there. But folks in Vienna told us, it is one of the best places to shop sweets in town. So when you are up for a night at the opera – come early and get your treats at the Confiserie “Zum süßen Eck”.
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