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James Bond Mountain a great place for adventure

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ENDURING BOND: Stars of the movie (L-R) Terence Mountain and George Lazenby

ENDURING BOND: Stars of the movie (L-R) Terence Mountain and George Lazenby


Switzerland's Schilthorn is a popular destination thanks to a classic James Bond film.


GEORGE Lazenby, along with an illustrious roll-call of cast and crew from the iconic James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, descended on the Schilthorn earlier this month to celebrate the movie's 50th anniversary.

Thanks to the movie, which was filmed from October 1968 to May 1969 in the village of Murren and on the Schilthorn summit, this peak is now often referred to as the James Bond Mountain.

Without the film, the Schilthorn as an excursion peak with its famous revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, wouldn't exist in its current form.

The summit restaurant served as the headquarters of the villain Blofeld and his global criminal organization Spectre.

The Bond films have amassed a global fan community whose members enjoy visiting the movies' seminal filming locations.

Some 280 Bond devotees congregated in and around Murren for the celebration, where among scenic carriage and helicopter rides, Erich Glavitza, the coordinator of the famous stock car race, shared his memories with the fans at the site where the scene was filmed.

The legendary Q The Music - James Bond Tribute Band rounded off the evening's entertainment, with the guests hitting the dance floor to the ever-popular classic Bond tunes.

The cast who attended the anniversary celebration included George Lazenby (James Bond), Catherine Schell (Nancy), Terence Mountain (Raphael), Helena Ronee (Israeli Girl), Jenny Hanley (Irish Girl), Sylvana Henriques (Jamaican Girl) along with stunt doubles and production crew.

Schilthorn Cableway has kept in step with the times during the last five decades with continuous updates, renovations and the addition of new attractions.

Original fixtures and fittings from the movie, such as the golden grille by the staircase in the revolving restaurant, still provide popular photo opportunities for visitors to the Schilthorn.

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