In case you weren’t aware, there’s a new James Bond movie out this week. Will we finally get to see Daniel Craig on skis?
Sean Connery, the original James Bond, was never actually involved in a chase on skis. The closest he got to the snow was driving down a mountain road by Andermatt, in Switzerland (video above).
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George Lazenby, who only played Bond once, was the first 007 to evade the bad guys on skis, in the 1969 movie, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.
Since then, a number of James Bond movies have involved a skiing scene. Which is your favorite?
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
A night-time ski scene from On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969) in which Bond and his allies assault the Piz Gloria to rescue Tracy from the villain “Blofeld.”
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
In Austria, Bond escapes an ambush by Soviet agents, killing one of them in a downhill ski chase that concludes when he skis off a cliff and falls only to open a Union Flag parachute.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Bond (Roger Moore) skis down the mountain pursued by assassins on motorbikes in For Your Eyes Only. Filmed in Cortina, Italy, the motorbikes’ wheels were fitted with special spike-laden tires to ensure they could grip the snowy ground while traveling at 50mph.
A View to a Kill (1985)
MI6 agent 003 has been killed in a snowy mountainous territory of Siberia. He was carrying a microchip with some important information inside it. MI6 has ordered James Bond to locate 003’s body and recover the microchip. Bond reaches the point and after a slight searching, finds the body. He gets the microchip too inside a locket of the agent. Suddenly Bond is seen by a Soviet soldier patrolling in the region. The whole brigade becomes alert. A deadly chase erupts between Bond and the Soviet Troops. Bond takes down the soldiers, destroys their helicopter, and at last, manages to escape the area and gets into an iceberg-looking mini-submarine …
The Living Daylights (1987)
Bond evades the Soviets with Kara Milovy.
The World is Not Enough (1999)
There’s going off-piste, and then there’s going off-piste 007 style. This sequence from The World Is Not Enough was filmed in Chamonix, France.
Not a ski scene as such, but still a chase on snow!
Honorable Mention: Seven Sunny Days