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 Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

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

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