FLY: SkyWork Air­lines flies daily from Lon­don City Air­port to Bern. Prices start from £115 one way. fly­sky­ RAIL TRANS­FERS: Prices from £104 for a re­turn 2nd class jour­ney. swis­strav­el­sys­ 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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