FLY: SkyWork Airlines flies daily from London City Airport to Bern. Prices start from £115 one way. flyskywork.com/en RAIL TRANSFERS: Prices from £104 for a return 2nd class journey. swisstravelsystem.co.uk VISIT: The Skyline Walk. This is a transparent platform that juts out over the cliffside giving an unhindered mountain panorama. Look down if you dare.
the tour includes the Walk of Fame, hairraising helicopter simulations and lots of memorabilia a film location. As it turns, diners get views of the Eiger, the Monch, the Jungfrau, and 197 other mountain summits. And it is almost certainly the only fictional Bond location still intact and still open to the public. Much of the décor remains unchanged in 46 years, such as the steel rings of the staircase balustrade into which Diana Rigg was thrown. It is common to see fans photographing each other with their heads stuck in the rings.
One floor down, visitors can try their hand at throwing Bond’s trilby on to the coat stand in Miss Moneypenny’s office, take a ride in a bobsleigh simu-
BOND tends to acquire more stamps in his passport than he does conquests.
The most travelled of all Bonds is Sir Roger Moore, according to travel agents Hayes and Jarvis. He has notched up 305,516 miles, including lator, or fly a helicopter into the side of the mountain.
Visitors can arrive via the Schilthorn cable car over Mürren, and enjoy views of ancient chalets and Victorian hotels, a trip to the moon in Moonraker. Daniel Craig is nipping at his heels with 48,742 miles, including journeys in Spectre to London, Austria and Rome. Pierce Brosnan comes in third with 36,451, while Sean Connery is fourth with 30,815. to Piz Gloria and breathtaking Alpine landscape — and be greeted with the sound of the Bond theme tune.
The mountain top is also the beginning of its most infamous ski race — “The Inferno” — which is held in mid January. It is the oldest and longest amateur ski race in the world with up to 19,000 participants. Depending on snow conditions the course can be either six miles long to Mürren, or a stamina-sapping 11 miles to the floor of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Among the racers dressed as gorillas and bananas there are a predictable number of Bonds in full evening attire — and even kilts (as worn by Lazenby in the film).
And it seems there is no shortage of ingenuity in the costume stakes: Blofeld often turns up with a stuffed white cat pinned to his shoulder.
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