Since his first appearance on the slopes, James Bond has always had a link with skiing. He's appeared on the slopes in 5 different films and, after appearing in the Ötztal Valley in Austria during filming for Spectre (out 26th October 2015), it looks like there's more skiing in Bond's legs yet! Read on below to find out more about the history of Bond's skiing hijinks.
This 1969 epic sees George Lazenby’s first and last foray into the James Bond world and features multiple ski scenes. Most of the film is based atop Murren’s Schilthorn Mountain in Switzerland, which neighbours Wengen and Grindelwald which is used as Blofeld’s headquarters. There are a few ski scenes, including one of Blofeld’s associates getting churned up by a piste-basher and Bond skiing away from baddies on one ski! Rumour has it, ski legend Jean Claude Killy doubled as Bond for the ski scenes shot in Zermatt and Saas Fee, showing Bond's prestige.
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Likely the most iconic and impressive of Bond’s ski scenes. Bond, in his bright yellow snowsuit has to escape his Soviet attackers by skiing through the glorious off piste of St Moritz. He kills one with his pole/gun and evades the others by launching himself off a cliff (this part was filmed in Canada), only to unfurl the famous Union Jack parachute. The scene lives long in the memory of many and the cliff jump scene blew everyone away - a piece of stunting history.
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A scene filmed on the beautiful slopes of Cortina D’Ampezzo in the magnificent Dolomites, James is – as you might have suspected – on the run (or in this case on the ski) from baddies equipped with winterised motorcycles. He manages to force one to crash by skiing through trees, clothes-lining him with a pole between two tree trunks, and the other after a chase down a bobsleigh run, enabling his getaway.
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Bond used World Snowboarding Champion, Tom Sims as stuntman for this scene which helped popularise snowboarding. When his snowmobile is shot at by a helicopter, Bond is forced to abandon it before it explodes. One of the blades from the snowmobile lands next to him and he fashions it into a snowboard, escaping the bad guys by skating across a lake where their skis cannot get them across. This groundbreaking scene was filmed on a glacier bordering Switzerland and Italy, right by St Moritz.
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He may not be skiing in this scene, but Bond is sledding away on a cello case from a pack of baddies who are using the traditional equipment. He and the female lead, Maryam d’Abo, manage to make it to the Austrian border in the nick of time, flashing their passports to the border patrollers claiming they only have a cello to declare!
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Bond’s most modern ski venture, James has to evade the paraglide equipped skimobiles – used by Renard’s henchmen – that chase him down the couloirs of Chamonix. He manages to make two crash into trees and uses a cliff jump to slash his ski through the parachute of one, making it crash into the other in mid-air. Bond then uses his protective bubble to shield him and Electra from a mini avalanche caused by the crashing snowmobiles before they escape.
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