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Cerro Paranal, home of the ESO Very Large Telescope, has been chosen as one of the settings for the newest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, the 22nd in the series.
The Bond production was attracted by the special location and the exceptional architecture of the award-winning Paranal Residencia, a true oasis in the desert.
In addition to the shootings at the Residencia, further action will take place at the Paranal airstrip.
The film crew present on Paranal includes Englishman Daniel Craig, taking again the role of James Bond, French actor Mathieu Amalric, leading lady Olga Kurylenko, from the Ukraine, as well as acclaimed Mexican actors, Joaquin Cosio and Jesus Ochoa. This cast from across Europe and Latin America mirrors the international staff that works for ESO at Paranal.
Follow the links above to find out more about Cerro Paranal and the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world's most advanced optical observatory. Explore the astronomical universe from this mountaintop in the Atacama Desert and discover the unique Paranal Residencia.
"It's a stunning place!
We were very lucky to be up there...
It has been extraordinary!"

                                Daniel Craig