Bond's Balkan fans amused by
lavish Montenegro
Tue 12 Dec 2006

BELGRADE (Reuters) - James Bond fans in the Balkans
seem as pleased as any by the darkness and edge of
their hero in Daniel Craig's new 'Casino Royale'
portrayal, but some cannot suspend their disbelief when
the plot gets him to Montenegro.

At one Belgrade cinema, the audience, familiar with the
real Montenegro, tittered as Bond and his love interest
glide through mountains in the soft-lit dining car of a
21st century express train, quaffing Chateau Angelus,
Premier Grand Cru Classe Saint-Emilion.

They laughed out loud when the pair disembark at an
impeccable old luxury hotel with valet parking and
Bentley limousines, to be politely greeted by spotless,
uniformed staff.

Newly independent Montenegro has high hopes for its
tourism industry and money is pouring into
much-needed infrastructure projects. But most
backdrops are as much Socialist-era concrete as old
Mediterranean stone, and its railways are antiquated.

Bond's Montenegro was actually filmed at the old
Kaiserbad spa in Karlovy Vary, in the Czech Republic and
on the well-heeled shores of Lake Como, in Italy. None
of the movie's scenes was filmed in Montenegro.