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Just a mere 2 kms off the shores of Lago Maggiore - or 5 kms by the road - to the northeast of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in southern Switzerland, the narrow valley of the river Verzasca is blocked by a huge concrete wall. This 220m (722ft) high hydro-electric dam was erected between 1960 and 1965, creating Lago di Vogorno and holding back some 100 million cubic meters of water.

This is where - in the opening scenes of the 1995 James Bond movie "GoldenEye", placing the dam in the far north of the Soviet Union - the Pierce Brosnan double set a world record in bungy jumping off the ground. 220 meters (722 feet) in seven-and-a-half seconds reaching 120 kmh (75 mph)!! In 2002 voted 'Best movie stunt of all time'.

Today YOU can re-enact this stunt 5 days a week during high Summer (mid-July to mid-August). It's still world record for jumps off the ground and this is almost the fastest a human body will free fall. And then you bounce back...

And that's just what this young lady is doing somewhere in the middle between top and bottom. My son did the jump, but when I tried to catch him on camera - I was standing on top - he just disappeared out of sight (see WS). This angle gave a much nicer point of view.

Now I'm gathering courage to do this next year!

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