Prague Filming Locations: Mission Impossible (1996)

The 1996 re-make of the TV series was mainly set in Prague and London and I certainly wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to scout out the filming locations while I was in the former. Once I’d done a couple of Casino Royale spots I found myself at Hotel Europa at Vaclavske namesti 25 which was the headquarters of mysterious arms dealer Max.

A bit further down the same road and just past Wenceslas Square is the National Museum; the ‘American Embassy’ where the teams first operation commences as they infiltrate some fancy reception.

Liechtenstein Palace is just a stones throw from Kampa Park (as featured in ‘The Bourne Identity’ and mentioned in ‘Prague Pt II’) and was not where I thought it was. I’d actually given up on finding it but on my descend from Prague Castle I found it by chance. It was actually this place that provided the exterior shots of the ‘American Embassy’ as the real embassy was no doubt deemed to not be glitzy enough for the movie.

Undoubtedly the city’s (and indeed the films) major attraction is the world heritage Charles Bridge which connects the Old Town with Prague Castle. It’s here that things really go wrong with controller Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) plunging into the Vltava having taken a bullet on the bridge. This famous bridge was also used music video’s by Linkin Park (Numb) and Kanye West (Diamonds From Sierra Leone) as well as 2002’s XxX. It’s here that Vin Diesel comes up with an out-of-this-world stunt to save the bridge and the city of Prague from a deadly bomb though his movie career sunk without much trace!

London Pt III: Mission Impossible Filming Locations can be seen here.

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Prague Filming Locations: The Bourne Identity & Amadeus

Most of the main Prague locations will be mentioned in ‘Prague Pt III’ and ‘Prague Pt IV’. This entry will include the rest and we start with Kampa Park across the river from the Old Town which featured in the opening 11 minutes of The Bourne Identity and is where Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) duffs up a couple of Zurich policemen (as Prague was used as a substitute for the Swiss city) after they wake him up from his sleep on a bench by the Certovka stream near Charles Bridge. He then runs away through the park passing the tree which I am lurking behind in a menacing way below! The screenshot is below my picture.

   

Nearby were a trio of sculptures which were just crying out for this type of photo (above left) to be done!

It seems that Prague is rarely ever used to portray itself as it fills in for Vienna in the 1984 film Amadeus. I’ve not seen it but it features in a lovely book I got from my parents for Christmas. Maltese Square was supposedly the setting of a lively market scene but when I was there it was far from lively. Almost empty in fact! St. Giles’ Church at Husova 8 was where Mozart and Constanze got married in the film. Hopefully that will mean something to someone!