The film was shot mostly in Portugal for coastal scenes and Switzerland for ski and mountain scenes.
In the opening sequence, Tracy was rescued by James Bond at Guincho Beach at the Portuguese municipality of Cascais. It is a coastal town 30 kilometers west of Lisbon, a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. Estoril Coast running west from Lisbon is a stretch of coast which has long been popular with ex-pats. Since the early 20th century it has been important mostly as a tourist destination.
The famous Estoril Casino is one of the largest in Europe. During World War II, it was reputed to be a gathering spot for espionage agents, dispossessed royals, and wartime adventurers. It was the inspiration for Ian Fleming's 007 novel Casino Royale. James Bond stayed at a five star "Hotel Palácio" (Palace Hotel) near the casino. The final scene where Bond and Tracy enjoyed their brief marriage moment was shot at Arrabida National Park, near Setúbal. This beautiful protected area covered with pines and rich Mediterranean vegetation...
The Alps were shot at Lauterbrunnen and Saas Fee in Switzerland. Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland. Saas-Fee, at which slopes the ski sequences were shot, has some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere, from 4000m peaks to a range of stunning glaciers. Much of this territory is shared by its illustrious neighbor, Zermatt. And good snow is guaranteed, even late in the season. The resort itself has maintained more of its traditional village charm and is traffic-free.
A chase through a skating rink and Christmas festival was shot in Grindelwald.
Piz Gloria on the top of mountain Schilthorn in the Bernese Alps was shown as Blofeld's headquarters in the Alps. This is the world's highest revolving restaurant. It gives you three hundred and sixty degree views of the three big mountains, along the Bernese Alps to Mont-Blanc and as far as Germany's Black Forest, also over 200 mountain peaks and countless glaciers and lakes.
Photographer: Rick_c on Flickr