Australian George Lazenby, along with an illustrious roll-call of cast and other protagonists in the iconic James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, descended on the Schilthorn in Switzerland over the weekend to celebrate the movie’s 50th anniversary.
Thanks to the movie, which was filmed from 21 October 1968 to 17 May 1969 in the village of Mürren and on the Schilthorn summit, this peak is now often referred to as the James Bond Mountain and has a firm place on the world map.
"Without the film, the Schilthorn as an excursion peak with its famous revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, wouldn't exist in its current form”, explains Schilthorn Cableway CEO Christoph Egger.
The Bond films have no doubt amassed a global fan community whose members enjoy visiting the movies' seminal filming locations. To celebrate the anniversary of On Her Majesty's Secret Service in style, ‘On the Tracks of 007’, which is an anniversary tour initiated and led by Martijn Mulder, took in film settings and locales in Portugal before culminating in the event on the Schilthorn – Piz Gloria on Saturday, 1 June 2019.
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), John Glen (2nd unit director, editor, director of five Bond films) and Steven Saltzman.
How did Bond end up on the Schilthorn?
The producer of the sixth Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service tasked the location scout Hubert Fröhlich with finding a mountain setting that was suitable for filming dramatic, action-packed scenes. A hotel concierge in Grindelwald showed him a picture of the nearby Schilthorn. Fröhlich approached the then Schilthorn Cableway director Paul Eggenberg and chairman of the board Ernst Feuz, and their talks quickly paved the way for the implementation of the project.
Once the location had received the go-ahead of the producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Eon Productions and director Peter Hunt, the Schilthorn's destiny was sealed, with the film project playing a vital contribution towards the completion of the cableway and revolving summit restaurant. The summit restaurant served as the headquarters of the villain Blofeld and his global criminal organization Spectre and was called Piz Gloria in the film. The movie propelled the excursion peak – which retains the Piz Gloria moniker to this day – to instant fame.
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