The first footage from the eagerly anticipated new James Bond movie, Spectre, has been released, showing the cast and crew shooting a climatic action sequence in the mountains of Austria.

Actors Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista feature in the behind the scenes video, which takes place during a shoot in the remote snowy region of Sölden. Whilst little footage is teased, we do see what looks like a car chase, as well as a black-clad Daniel Craig knocking out a henchman and firing his gun at another target off-camera.

Associate producer Gregg Williamson says of the scene being shot there, "We have to deliver an amazing sequence and this is going to be one of the major action sequences of the movie, a jewel in the crown so to speak.

"It's going to be spectacular and Austria seemed to offer everything that we needed to pull it off," he added.

Dennis Gassner, the film's production designer, noted that the mountain landscape gave an epic feel to the new movie.

"The thing that Sam and I talked about was how we are going to top Skyfall, it's going to be Spectre and so far it's a great start. I think that we are going to continue the history of the Bond films, making things that are exciting for the audience to look at and what could be more exciting than to be on top of the world," he said.

Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, will see Daniel Craig reprise the role of the famous British spy for a fourth time. The movie will also feature Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott.

Spectre will be released in the UK on 23 October 2015.