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James Bond skiing action is in Sölden, Austria, for Spectre

 

James Bond on skisRoger MooreReviewer Heyman


04-12-2014
Well, it seems that Barbara and the Bond crew have listened to my plea. The next Bond movie called "Spectre" partly takes place in Sölden, Austrian Alps. That can only mean one thing: Bond is back on skis!

15-11-2012
It’s been 14 years since legendary spy James Bond was last skiing. Everybody knows that skiing is like riding a bike: once you’ve mastered it… But 14 years! Time for 007 to put his skis back on in the next Bond movie.

Save the world or ski

It’s obvious that skiing is an obsession with Bond. In no less than 5 movies he is engaged in a ski chase, while he has never done any other sport in more than 1 movie. He has a Swiss mother, so skiing is in his blood, which is proven by the famous opening scene from “The Spy Who Loved Me”.Movie The Spy Who Loved Me Why in the world would our spy leave the cosy little ski cabin where a strikingly beautiful blond lies naked on a bearskin about to exclaim “Oh James!” and risk her immediate betrayal. Only to do some serious skiing. Albeit in a rather ridiculous looking all-yellow skisuit. But hey, he skis off that cliff in the end, eventually opening his parachute feauturing the Union Jack, which makes for one of the most breathtaking shots in movie history. An order from MI6 or the necessity to save the world from destruction could always wait a few hours if Bond sees the opportunity for some action with the ladies. But not skiing. Skiing cannot wait.

The ski chase routine

That last time Bond put on his skis, he was going to inspect a pipeline in the Caucasus with Elektra King in the movie “The World Is Not Enough” (the ski scene was actually shot in Chamonix, not the Caucasus). This scene follows the normal James Bond routine.The world is not enough First a dazzling start: they jump from a helicopter. Then they show off their ski skills while having fun freeriding in breathtaking surroundings. Suddenly out of nowhere the bad guys arrive at the scene. They chase Bond and his beautiful companion, this time using some sort of flying snowmobiles. Explosions follow and our spy desperately tries to outrun the baddies, killing a couple of them in the process. Nevertheless he has time for a quick remark and a smirk while skiing for his life. Then the inevitable avalanche burries the couple under a huge amount of snow. Fortunately 007’s special ski jacket made by Q-branche covers them in a balloon and saves them from certain death.

In other Bond movies there are memorable ski chases as well. Who can forget the scene in “For Your Eyes Only” in which 007 is skiing down a bobsleigh track followed by motercross bikes?Movie For Your Eyes Only All filmed by Willy Bogner by the way. Yes, Bogner, the one who makes the flashy very expensive ski clothing. But it all started with the movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. It’s the first time Bond arrives in winter alpine scenery when the villain’s henchwoman Frau Bunt takes him up to the Piz Gloria station in a helicopter, saying the memorable words: “Now up into zze Alps.” This film even features 2 ski chases. First Bond escapes at night from the villain’s headquarters partially on one ski. Later he and Contessa Teresa get chased by day. She is an expert skier which must be the reason that she becomes the only ever Mrs Bond. But only for a short time as we all know.

Speedskiing

The Bond film producers are always looking for sports that are new and risky. In “A View To a Kill” Bond is snowboarding, which at the time in 1985 was a controversial sport still in its infancy.A View to a Kill In a future Bond film 007 could do some speedskiing for example. Speedskiing is that sport where you have a little parachute above you, so you alternitavely ski and fly and get killed every so often. The Bond film producers are always looking for big company sponsors as well. Ski manufacturers have done their bit of product placement in Bond movies in the past: Rossignol in “The Spy Who Loved Me” and Olin in “For Your Eyes Only” (By the way, Olin has completely disappeared from the market. Does anybody know what happened? I would be glad to have that information). Who will be the new ski sponsor? Will it be a top notch ski brand like Lacroix or Volant? Or are the big boys stepping in, like Head or Atomic?

A little advise

It’s not only because I’m a ski fan that I think the next James Bond movie should feature a ski scene again. It’s also because it would add to Daniel Craig’s performance what is missing until now. I mean that panache, that sophistication, that suave aproach to life. All of which Roger Moore had so much, maybe a little bit too much in the end and Craig has nothing. After carefully rebuilding Bond’s character in the last 3 films, he has reached maturity again. Now is the time for the final touch. Skiing will undoubtedly do the trick.

The last film “Skyfall” introduced a new Miss Moneypenny and a new “M” in his old office, which exactly resembles the one from the Connery and Moore era. Time for “M” to give  007 a new assignment involving his old hobby skiing.

So Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond movies, I know you’re reading this: put Bond on skis!

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