Switzerland’s ‘James Bond mountain’ set for new cable car link

The cable car service which takes visitors up to the Piz Gloria restaurant that starred in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service is set for a makeover.

Switzerland’s 'James Bond mountain' set for new cable car link
The Piz Gloria was the world's first revolving restaurant. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

The plan is to replace the existing cable car link with a faster, more frequent service.

The arrival of the new cable car service would see the transit time from Stechelberg to the top of the 2,970-metre mountain (a spectacular climb of 2,103 metres) cut from 32 minutes to just 19 minutes.

The new three-stage service would “not be bigger, but better,” said the cable car operator in a press release.

The existing Stechelberg-Gimmelwald-Mürren cable car service will keep running to ensure regular public transport connections on the valley floor, Swiss regional daily Berner Zeitung reported.

The Piz Gloria restaurant – which was still being built when it was used as a location for On Her Majesty's Secret Service– is popular with James Bond fans, even offering a James Bond brunch. It offers stunning views of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch summits.

In the 1969 film – the only Bond movie to star Australia’s George Lazenby as the world's most famous secret agent – the restaurant, which revolves 360 degrees every 55 minutes, was the lair of Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

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