How Gloria seduced 007
Long before Daniel Craig’s Spectre, Bond saved the world at an Alpine restaurant — and he’s been there ever since, writes David Allsop
THE PIZ Gloria restaurant, 10,000ft above the Swiss village of Mürren on Mount Schilthorn, is still welcoming Bond fans nearly half a century after it became the villain’s hideout in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
It was here that Blofeld (aka Telly Savalas, complete with white cat) plotted to destroy the British establishment.
Bond fans from all over the world are drawn not just by its jaw-dropping mountain panorama, but because of its permanent interactive exhibition known as Bond World.
The film introduced Sean Connery’s replacement as former model George Lazenby — who was tasked with blowing up the place.
He recently returned for the first time since the film was made to lend his hand to a new Bond-themed experience known as the 007 Walk of Fame — quite literally as it turned out, because his palm and fist imprint are now permanently on display on a path leading to the viewing platform.
He was accompa-nied by costars Jenny Hanley and Catherine von Schell, now 68 and 72 respectively, along with other cast and crew members who recreated the scene in which Bond led a helicopter assault on the mountain stronghold, although this time they alighted a touch more arthritically.
Other Bond actors are expected to add their own imprints, signatures, personal messages and photographs, to create an Alpine version of the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.
Piz Gloria was intended to be the world’s first revolving high-altitude restaurant but work stopped when the money ran out. The production company then stepped in and offered to complete it in return for using it as
George Lazenby as Bond in 1969
Ice spy: the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant on Mount Schilthorn is the only Bond location that is still intact and open to the public