Speaking of the VLT

Is this facility friend or foe to James Bond? Find out on November 14th at a theater near you.
Courtesy ESO.
When it comes to new movies, I tend not to read a lot about them in magazines or on the Web — at least for ones I really want to see. I'll put aside the Entertainment Weekly cover story about a new big-budget sci-fi movie (say, the forthcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still) until after I see the film, because I don't trust the article writers to keep plot points to themselves. I don't want to spoil any surprises. This is the reason I haven't sought details about the upcoming new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. I've seen the trailer, but that's all I want until I go see it after it opens in theaters in four weeks.

That said, I know there's an astronomical angle to the movie. Some of it was filmed at European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT), as seen at right. They're having quite a year, being also featured on the National Geographic Channel tonight. I don't know exactly how VLT will be used in the film, though it's probably some kind of weapon — and I don't want to know! But, if you're not like me, check out ESO's promotional stuff about the movie at Bond@Paranal. The Flash movie "trailer" is quite cute, but I'm not going to watch any interview with producers just yet.

One thought on “Speaking of the VLT

  1. The Cydonian Knight

    Seems like the bad guys might use the scopes mirror as a heat ray agianst James bond. LOL!

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