Most people would freely suggest that James Bond films are synonymous with ski scenes, but you may be surprised to learn that of twenty-four films, only six actually contain any skiing. This may have something to do with the relatively short season for shooting, or the massive amount of disruption that a huge film crew probably cause to an alpine village. Nevertheless, for the film connoisseur when James appears on the big screen dressed to kill in his onesie, it can’t help but put a smile on your face.
We reveal the six classic Bond films with a notable ski scene…
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
(filmed in Murren, Switzerland)
Showcasing retro skis and skiing techniques, this scene involves Bond being chased by an army of gunmen. Having attempted to trick the evil Blofeld into leaving Switzerland in order to gain his arrest, and failing, he attempts to escape his henchman by skiing down Piz Gloria. Halfway down James loses a ski, where he then reveals his skills as a monoskier.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
(filmed in St.Moritz, Switzerland)
Arguably the most memorable opening sequence of any Bond film, sees James skiing down a magnificent stretch of off-piste. Needless to say it doesn’t take long for his Soviet attackers to follow suit. More of a classic ski chase scene, this showcases his full range of talents as he hits the freestyle with a reverse backflip. Eventually killing off one and escaping the rest of his pursuers Bond skis off the cliff edge revealing his famous Union Jack parachute.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
(filmed in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy)
With Bond hitting a ski jump hill, gunmen on motorbikes and a bobsleigh track this scene has it all. Having ventured to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites to seek out Greek businessman Aristotle Kristatos, James attracts the attention of his niece Bibi, who pulls out the all the stops in seducing him. Spending time together on the slopes Bond encounters Kristatos and his men including biathlete Eric Kriegler, who seems to have super-human strength. They chase him for several minutes down the slopes, but needless to say James is always one step ahead.
A View To A Kill (1985)
(filmed in Iceland & the Swiss Alps)
In this film Bond exposes his multi-snowsports talent as he takes to the slopes first on regular skis and then on a homemade snowboard (a broken piece from a skidoo). Whilst tracking and recovering a microchip in Siberia he is chased by Soviet troops on skis and in a helicopter. Surfing the pow with ease James escapes capture and eventually takes out the helicopter with a flare in true JB style.
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
(filmed in Chamonix, France)
Travelling to Azerbaijan, Bond meets with Elektra King at the construction site for one of her oil pipelines. Whilst surveying the site from the top of a nearby mountain they are ambushed by Renard’s henchman on parahawks (a kind of skidoo with parachute attached), and a ski chase ensues. Bond strategically leads them into the trees where they inevitably meet their fate.
(filmed in Solden, Austria)
The latest edition, ‘Spectre,’ was filmed from late 2014 and well into early 2015. Some of the shooting took place in and around the creatively designed Ice Q restaurant, with all-glass walls offering fantastic views from over 3000m. If you’re bound for Solden on a ski trip any time soon, then make sure you have your camera at the ready.