400 flown from James Bond mountain after Swiss cable car breaks down

Tourists are seen in front of the world's first revolving restaurant, known as Piz Gloria from the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which was filmed there, on the peak of the Schilthorn mountain at the Bernese Oberland, Switzerl
Tourists are seen in front of the world's first revolving restaurant, known as Piz Gloria from the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which was filmed there, on the peak of the Schilthorn mountain at the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, on Aug 7, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

ZURICH (REUTERS) - Helicopters airlifted about 400 people off the Swiss mountain featured in the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service on Thursday (June 21) after a cable car broke down, stranding them briefly at about 10,000 feet above sea level.

The tourists were atop the 2,970-metre Piz Gloria mountain when a technical defect disabled a gondola further down the mountain, the Schilthorn AG company, which operates the cable car system, said in a statement.

The guests were then taken in a separate cable car to a nearby ridge, where four helicopters were enlisted to ferry them the rest of the way down the mountain to the ski station of Muerren.

Despite their unscheduled flights, the tourists had an easier time of it than Australian actor George Lazenby's fictional Bond character did in the classic spy film when he was pursued down the frozen slopes below Piz Gloria by a gang of machine-gun-toting bad guys on skis.

The helicopter transports began about 1130 GMT, with all 400 tourists transported safely to Muerren by 1500 GMT, Schilthorn AG spokesman Ruedi Bravand said.

While the view from the mountaintop is stirring, there was no word on whether the guests were shaken by the incident.