The 360° Panorama-Revolving-Restaurant Piz Gloria, lying on an elevation of 9748 feet (2971m) is an El Dorado for us Bond fans. You really don’t know where to go first. So, to get attuned properly, let’s start with the ‘Touristorama’. At the pillar in the centre of this cinema-like room two buttons are installed. With one you can switch on a multivision slide show (17 projectors) presenting a spectacular Alpine panorama. If you press the button with the inscription ‘007’ a movie show with the most thrilling excerpts of OHMSS starts. Seeing 007 and Blofeld chasing around and hearing John Barry’s splendid Bond-theme puts us into the right mood to continue our exploration of Piz Gloria.
Above the escalator to the next floor we discover another trace of OHMSS: Blofeld’s elaborate coat of arms (ARAE ET FOCI) is painted on the wall. In the James-Bond-Bar on this floor an imaginative range of snacks for smaller appetites is available. The walls of the room are decorated with a coloured painting of an action-scene and three black-and-white murals of Bond, Tracy and Blofeld (although you have to admit that Diana Rigg looks much better in the film than in that picture). In the adjacent gift shop Bond-souvenirs like T-shirts, mugs, postcards etc. are on sale. On the same level as the James-Bond-Bar lies the sun terrace, which we of course know better as the heliport, where Bond, posing as Sir Hilary, and the girls spent their spare time curling. Since the filming some modifications have been made. Instead of quadrangular it is now nearly round and the lateral stairs, which led to the basement, are gone. Here we are amid grandiose, mountain scenery. The famous peaks of Eiger, Monch (monk) and Jungfrau (virgin), which are almost always thought of as a trio, lay directly vis-à-vis.
The most appropriate way to admire this majestic, Alpine wonderland is to enjoy it while having a meal in the solar-powered Revolving Restaurant Piz Gloria. Ascending the stairs along the gilded grating like Bond, you enter the restaurant on the top floor of the building. The ring of tables along the windows takes an hour to do one complete revolution. Among others a ‘James-Bond breakfast’ and ‘Spaghetti James Bond’ are on offer. A nice souvenir for free are the menus and paper napkins with 007-logos. Relishing a tasty dinner (for a reasonable price), while the marvellous landscape passes by, is a really unique experience. There is much controversy within the Bond community how to evaluate OHMSS. Some almost neglect it completely, some think it is the best Bond film ever made. However that may be, about its principal location Piz Gloria atop Schilthorn mountain, there cannot be any argument, it’s without any doubt one of the most outstanding locales in the whole world.