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  30th June 2013  

BOND WORLD 007 and PIZ GLORIA VIEW
open on the Schilthorn in Switzerland

Schilthorn Cableway Ltd. is committed to putting the spotlight on the stunning Alpine surroundings and James Bond. With the opening of the BOND WORLD 007 exhibition and the PIZ GLORIA VIEW observation deck on the Schilthorn, two extensive projects have reached completion and are now open to the public.

BOND WORLD 007 was inaugurated in style with a gala evening hosting some 300 guests, followed by Saturday’s Grand Public Opening, with some 1000 visitors taking advantage of the opportunity to attend autograph signings with George Lazenby and other personalities involved in the making of the iconic movie.

James Bond celebrities open Bond World 007 at Piz Gloria

ABOVE: (L-R) Peter Feuz, President of the Board Schilthorn Cableway, John Glen (second unit director/editor  OHMSS), Sylvana Henriques (Jamaican Girl OHMSS), Terry Mountain (Raphael OHMSS), Ambassador Sarah Gillett, host Annina Frey, George Lazenby (James Bond OHMSS) and Christoph Egger, CEO Schilthorn Cableway.

Schilthorn Cableway has been working on two pivotal projects in recent months – both of which were inaugurated and opened to the public on the weekend around 29 June 2013.

In 1968/69, the Schilthorn was the winter filming location for the 007 movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The revolving restaurant served as the villain Blofeld’s mountain headquarters and was duly named Piz Gloria in the film’s honour. With Schilthorn Cableway’s new BOND WORLD 007 attraction, the world of Secret Agent 007 on the Piz Gloria is now experiencing a revival.

The new PIZ GLORIA VIEW observation deck is going to be opened in the next days. Just a short walk away along the ridge, this attraction offers wraparound vistas of the Alpine environment. The views of the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant and the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are stunning and unrivalled, and the fixed photo point allows visitors to take their picture against the backdrop of these three legendary peaks.

Admission to the BOND WORLD 007 and PIZ GLORIA VIEW attractions is free of charge.

George Lazenby arrives by helcopter at Piz gloria

Upon arriving at the Schilthorn, the guests witnessed a deceptively authentic re-enactment of the legendary helicopter attack scene on the Piz Gloria, courtesy of two Air Glacier helicopters and firework displays. And of course actors and film crew members involved in the 1968/69 shoot were present too, which not only transported the guests back in time but also added an extra-special glamour factor to the evening with George Lazenby (James Bond), John Glen (Second Unit Director & editor), Terry Mountain (Raphael) and Sylvana Henriques (Jamaican Girl) as well as local stuntman and film producer Stefan Zürcher.

Ambassador Sarah Gillett, George Lazenby and Sylvana Henriqes cut the ribbon to open Bond World 007

Ambassador Sarah Gillett and George Lazenby cut through the ribbon together with Schilthorn Cableway CEO Christoph Egger to officially open BOND WORLD 007. The BOND exhibition addresses seven key scenes from the movie in a virtual or interactive manner. The guests were keen to try out the helicopter simulator or be filmed in an original movie bobsleigh.

The Bond theme set the scene for the evening’s culinary offering too: Piz Gloria host and head chef Thorsten Uffelmann created a special menu that whisked diners away on a culinary journey through the world of James Bond, starting out with 'From Russia with Love', a salad of asparagus served with OONA caviar and sturgeon from the Tropenhaus Frutigen project, followed by 'You Only Live Twice', a veal main course, and a sweet strawberry denouement aptly named 'A Quantum of Solace'. The guests also took the opportunity to explore the new BOND WORLD 007, chat in the informal atmosphere of the Bollinger Champagne Bar or try their luck at the casino specially set up for the evening’s festivities.

Bond World 007 display - Blofeld coat of arms designed by Syd Cain

Bond World 007 display area

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Bobsled at Bond World 007

Bond World 007 helicopter on display

A glorious firework display on the terrace of the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant was a fitting final act of the foray into the BOND world, followed by the cableway ride back to Mürren and Stechelberg against the backdrop of a starlit sky and sweeping views of the magnificent Swiss Alps.

Sylvana Henriques (Jamaican Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service) at the opening of Bond World 007 as Piz Gloria

PHOTOGRAPHS/ANDREA GEHRIG & GERI KRISCHKER


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