Although the focus this month may be largely on the Austrian Tirol as the Bond ‘SPECTRE’ movie opens with scenes shot there, it’s not the first time of course that Mr Bond has appeared in ski resorts on the big screen and one at least still remembers their time on the silver screen 46 years ago very well.
The Schilthorn Cableway has opened the new 007 Walk of Fame on the Schilthorn summit (2970m) in Mürren as the latest of many commemorative developments on the mountain that featured in the 1969 Bond classic On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The Schilthorn cable car and mountain-top Piz Gloria restaurant were originally built as Blofeld’s mountain hideaway in the film and the 007 Walk of Fame is seen as a finishing touch to the interactive Bond World which opened in 2013. It connects Piz Gloria and Bond World with a spectacular viewing platform via a circular path along the breathtaking narrow mountain crest.
Along the trail a series of information plaques have been installed that pay homage to each of the film’s protagonists, displaying their photograph, signature and hand imprint in weathering steel, a personal message about the film’s impact on their career, and anecdotes and impressions of their time in Mürren and on the Schilthorn back in the late 1960s.
“On the one hand, people are fascinated by the Bond actors and the classic characters such as the Bond girls and Miss Moneypenny,” said Schilthorn Cableway chief executive Christoph Egger, “On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget the many other contributors to the movie, who often have exciting background stories to tell.”
Celebrities in attendance at the official opening included George Lazenby (James Bond in the movie) as well as the film’s director and many other stars.
The 007 Walk of Fame and Bond World attractions are free of charge and open all year round (weather permitting), information: www.schilthorn.ch