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Goldfinger 60th Anniversary exhibition at Hotel The Chedi in Andermatt, Switzerland

By: FSWL team
Published:
2024-06-10
Goldfinger, exhibition, Hotel The Chedi, Andermatt
Hotel The Chedi in Andermatt, Switzerland - one of the filming locations for Goldfinger (1964) - is hosting a special exhibition to mark the film's 60th Anniversary from 9th June until 17th October 2024.

With this exhibition, Hotel The Chedi is not only presenting unique photos and exhibits to the general public that have never been exhibited before, but also showing the weekly newsreels that went missing from the filming of the Goldfinger Alpine sequence in Switzerland.

Goldfinger, exhibition, Hotel The Chedi, Andermatt
Part of the Goldfinger 60th Anniversary exhibition at Hotel The Chedi in Andermatt, Switzerland.

The BP petrol station from the filming location in Andermatt, is seen at the exhibition as a 1:1 model. There are also original documents, letters, exhibits and costumes that round off the exhibition perfectly.


Goldfinger, petrol station, Hotel The Chedi, Andermatt
The original petrol station in Andermatt which featured in Goldfinger.

Goldfinger, the third adventure in the Bond film series, was a game changer back in 1964 and sparked a worldwide James Bond fever. The film fitted perfectly with the historical and social realities of the sixties. The role of Switzerland in the film and the perception of the country in the world at that time were almost synonymous - and that wasn’t exactly positive. Filming under the conditions that prevailed in July 1964 would be simply unthinkable today for a production of such dimensions. The whole shoot was largely unshielded, took place in public and could be viewed and documented by journalists at their leisure. The hotel staff or local assistants were practically part of the film crew, and tourists who happened to be present mingled undeterred.

Under these circumstances a masterpiece of popular culture was created, and it is exactly these circumstances that make this exhibition and the exhibits, film and image material so special. The Swiss photographers Hans Gerber of Comet- Photo AG Zürich, Josef Ritler of the tabloid newspaper Blick and the German film journalist Erich Kocian practically covered the whole eight days with their photographic work. In addition, there are private photographs of hotel employees in the accommodation of the film crew, which they took as souvenirs and have now made them available after all this time.

(Special thanks to From Sweden with Love reader Steffen Appel for the head's up about this exhibition.)

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