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Locarno: Before Pierce Brosnan got to be James Bond

By: Anders Frejdh
Verzasca dam GoldenEye
I visited the Dam of Lake Verzasca near Locarno in Switzerland in 1987 during a European bus trip with my grandfathers company and its employees in order to celebrate the company being 20 years old.

Back then I wasn't a hardcore Bond fan as I am today although my Bond fandom started during that time one could say.

Little did I know then, that this place was to become the first film location in the first James Bond film of the Brosnan era, GoldenEye (1995).

For those of you who may not know, the top of the dam is where you can see James Bond running, make a bungee jump to end up in a toilet in Russia in the pre-title sequence of the film.

Although we only stayed for a couple of hours at this place it was memorable and I still remember it well to this day.

The village of Locarno was very charming and I remember we bought these small and very special cups as souvenirs.

For those of you who may want to try bungee jumping here, check out Trekking Team.

Anders Frejdh © 2004 From Sweden With Love



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