The Contra Dam, Verzasca, in the southern Swiss Canton of Ticino.
Located a few miles up the valley from the tourist centre at Locarno, this spectacular Dam was used as the location of one of the most audacious stunts ever filmed. The pre-credit sequence for the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye starts with the shadowy figure of a man running along the top of a dam. Pausing only to tie a rope to his ankles, attaching the other end to railings, he launches himself into the abyss. After a breathtaking descent towards the floor of the valley, he pulls a gun from his jacket and fires a roped piton hook into a building located beneath him. Before the elasticated bungee cord can whisk him back to the top of the dam, a small winch on his weapon winds the rope in and slowly pulls him onto the roof of the building.
For the sum of only 255 Swiss Francs (£105) you can follow in the footsteps of 007 and plunge 220 metres down the face of a Dam in Switzerland.
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