The James Bond Museum, located at the top of Schilthorn mountain in Switzerland, memorializes the 1969 movie In Her Majesty’s Secret Service, starring George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, and Telly Savalas.
The museum is part of the revolving Piz Gloria restaurant, which is an incredible piece of engineering built at 9,744 feet.
To get there, first take the train from Interlaken to Murren, then go up the next 4,000 feet by cable car, dangling from frozen wires.
The viewing platforms at Piz Gloria provide unobstructed views of the Bernese alps, including the Eiger (13,015 feet), Mönch (13,474 feet), and Jungfrau (13,642 feet) mountains. Tourists crowd these platforms, where a misstep could be fatal. Only slim iron railings separated us from the cloud-obscured abyss below.
The museum includes movie clips and props, including a helicopter where you can try your hand at shooting down Bond’s enemies. Cardboard cutouts of George Lazenby, as well as more recent Bond star Daniel Craig, are popular for selfie shots.
Ski scenes on this rugged terrain were filmed by cameramen skiing backwards or dangling from a helicopter. Piz Gloria, which was still under construction at the time, was blown up in the movie. In reality, only a small model of the restaurant was destroyed.
After visiting the museum, we enjoyed lunch at the rotating restaurant, topped off by the welcome warmth of Irish coffee.
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