Whilst the world waits with bated breath to find out who the next James Bond will be, I believe I stumbled upon the ideal candidate on a recent trip to Murren:
The Swiss ski resort is about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Schilthorn cable car and the Piz Gloria, the building at the Schilthorn’s summit which claims to be the world’s first revolving restaurant.
The Piz Gloria ‘starred’ in the film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,’ as the mountaintop hideaway of James Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The film propelled the Schilthorn into the global limelight and its little wonder that these days Murren is a magnet for not only skiers, but all sorts of extreme sports fans like base jumpers and speed riders.
You can read about Mr Bond and the resort that hosted the first modern slalom in 1922, the first World Championships of Alpine skiing in 1931 and ran the first Inferno race in 1928 in my article Racing Pedigree for Skier and Snowboarder Magazine.