● EONs ninth James Bond film, "The Man with the Golden Gun" from 1974, features the first ever on-camera appearance of a Danish person. However, Janni Pia Christensen is not mentioned in the credits, nor has she any lines. The 20-year old Janni from Copenhagen can be glimpsed in a single shot as she is passing James Bond (Roger Moore) on the stairs of the The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong.
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According to the Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet, Janni also did an evening scene with Roger Moore and Britt Ekland at a restaurant in Bangkok. This sequence appears to have ended up on the cutting-room floor - unless it was staged for the benefit of the Danish press?
Janni Pia Christensen' got her walk-on in the Bond movie after winning the beauty contest "Årets pige" [Girl of the Year] arranged by Ekstra Bladet in 1973. On December 29, 1973 the tabloid printed a photo of Roger Moore apparently choosing Janni from a picture of the fifteen finalists aged 15 to 21. Moore was photographed in South Africa where he was shooting "Gold" for director Peter Hunt.
Janni met up with the Bond film crew in Thailand in May 1974, but after her return she told the monthly youth magazine Vi Unge as well as the weekly glossy Billed Bladet that her experience as the first Danish Bond babe had been a dispapointing one, and that Roger Moore with his "hollow knees" wasn't exactly her type. Later the same year she married and changed her last name to Nicolaisen and quietly disappeared from the limelight.
This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the release of EON Productions' "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969).
From May 25 to June 2, around 250 James Bond fans from 17 countries gathered for the fan event "OHMSS 50". The ambitious unofficial celebration, arranged by journalist and expert Bond travel guide Martijn Mulder from the web site On the tracks of 007, covered several of the film's locations in Portugal and Switzerland.
Eleven of the cast and crew members from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" returned to the scene as the caravan of fans reached Piz Gloria on the Schilthorn mountain in the Bernese Alps. Bond•O•Rama's Brian Iskov had the privilege of being an accredited member of the press for the concluding Swiss part of OHMSS50.
The rotating alpine restaurant Piz Gloria, only accessible by cable car, is of course famous as Bleuchamp's (Blofeld's) Institute for Allergy Research in EON's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Nearly all of the film's scenes in The Alpine Room were shot on location after the film crew discovered the half-finished building on the Schilthorn peak during a recce in 1968. Construction had come to a standstill due to financial woes. EON Productions saw that the location perfectly matched the script's demands and agreed to pay for the completion.
When the restaurant opened its doors to the public in 1969, around the time of the film's worldwide release in cinemas, Piz Gloria wisely took its name from the film. The site has capitalized greatly on the 007 connection ever since. In recent times an interactive exhibition (Bond World), a Bond Cinema and an outdoor Bond Walk of Fame has been added to the attractions at the Schilthorn. The crafty Swiss even got away with a unique clause in the contract which allowed them to promote Piz Gloria as an official Bond location - a right that EON Productions has never before or since granted anyone. Thus the gift shop is packed with 007 merchandise not available elsewhere.
The anniversary celebration "OHMSS50" culminated on Saturday June 1 with a stupendous party at Piz Gloria. George Lazenby (007) led the starry VIP line-up, and the magnificent-sounding cover band Q the Music incorporated several of John Barry's musical cues from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" into their triumphant live concert in the low-ceilinged foyer.
Theser are Bond•O•Rama.dk's exclusive pictures from OHMSS50 at Piz Gloria.
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