On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Trivia: All of the guards at the clinic on the mountain have the Olympic rings on their orange tracksuit tops.

Trivia: While Bond is meeting with Sir Hillary, the Bond family motto is briefly mentioned: "The World Is Not Enough".

Trivia: In the scene where Draco is talking to Bond in Draco's office, look closely at the picture in the portrait frame on the bookcase in the background. The lady in the picture is Diana Rigg's mother. (Possibly an "in-joke" by the Bond production team?)

Trivia: George Lazenby's first and only appearance as James Bond. He was offered a seven-film contract, but his agent convinced him that because of the counter-culture of the late 1960s, the character of Bond would soon be obsolete, so he did not return for the next film.

Trivia: When Bond is taken to a locker room by Draco's men, they pass a janitor who is whistling a very distinct tune. The tune is "Goldfinger," the third official Bond film tune.

Trivia: Bond (Lazenby) rescues Diana Rigg from her attempted suicide on the beach but then is attacked by two men. While he is busy punching it out with them, Rigg jumps into her car and drives away. Emerging victorious from the brawl just in time to see her vanish over the horizon, he mutters, "This never happened to the other fellow" - a reference to his predecessor Connery's movie successes with the other sex.

Trivia: "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is the longest Bond film made of the series. It is both longest in terms of running time (136 minutes) and longest in terms of the time it took to shoot the movie. Filming began at Schilthorn, Switzerland, on 21st October 1968, and finally "wrapped up" at Pinewood Studios, England, on 20th June 1969 - one day short of eight months later.

Trivia: The first shot immediately after the opening titles shows a shiny brass plaque "INTERNATIONAL EXPORTS LTD". Look closely at the reflection just visible in the bottom left of the plaque, and you'll see a man walking past. It's the film's director, Peter Hunt, making a "blink and you'll miss it" cameo appearance.

Trivia: When Bond is in his office he takes out some gadgets. The music that plays when Bond takes out the gadgets matches the film they are from.

Trivia: Contrary to popular belief at the time, the film was not a flop in the U.S. In fact it was the ninth most profitable film of 1970.


Trivia: During production, the British press tried to play up rumours of a feud between George Lazenby and Dame Diana Rigg. An internationally reported story claimed that Rigg had intentionally eaten garlic to annoy Lazenby in a love scene. In reality, the 'scandal' consisted of a humorous comment made by Rigg to Lazenby whilst having lunch: "Hey George, I'm having garlic for lunch, I hope you are!"

Trivia: Although Australian George Lazenby received mixed critical reception for his portrayal of James Bond in 1969, producer Albert R. Broccoli was so impressed with the actor that he offered Lazenby a contract to star in the next seven (7) James Bond films. If Lazenby had accepted the contract, it would have erased Sean Connery's return in 1970 and Roger Moore's participation in James Bond film history through the year 1983. As it happened, Lazenby's agent poorly advised him that the James Bond franchise would never survive the 1970s, so Lazenby turned down Broccoli's extraordinary contract offer.

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Trivia: George Lazenby was not allowed to do any of the actual skiing seen in the film due to insurance liabilities.

Trivia: Ilse Steppat, who played Irma Bunt, passed away on 22 December 1969, just four days after the film's release.

Trivia: Before being cast as James Bond, George Lazenby was known in Britain as 'The Big Fry Man' after the chocolate bar commercials he starred in, carrying an outsize bar on his shoulder.

Trivia: While probably not an intentional reference, it's interesting that the opening gun barrel sequence foreshadows Lazenby being the only Bond who proposes marriage and would leave the franchise after only one movie. Not only does he drop to one knee to fire at the barrel, but he also disappears from the sights when the blood begins to ooze down over the lens.

Trivia: Both wedding rings have "All The Time In The World" engraved on them, and only two were made for the film.

Trivia: One perceived problem with George Lazenby as James Bond was that he did not exude the same self-confident charm and humor as Sean Connery's James Bond (who always quipped some memorable and comedic sound bite, particularly after killing a villain). Lazenby's humor-deficiency was acknowledged during production of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"; toward rectifying this apparent lack of humor, Lazenby was allowed to do something no other James Bond ever did: Addressing the viewing audience with the line, "This never happened to the other fellow," which was a direct in-joke reference to his predecessor, Sean Connery.

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Trivia: Telly Savalas replaced Donald Pleasance as Blofeld because the producer felt Pleasance would not be able to perform the physical demands of the role.

Audio problem: In the opening scene, Bond sees Tracy in the ocean and drives his Aston Martin onto the beach to rescue her. When he stops, we hear screeching tyres, but he is driving on sand.

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Sir Hilary Bray: Our methods are very exacting. We never like to speak until we're absolutely certain that there can be no possibility of error on our side or... forgery on anyone else's.
James Bond: I hope I can live up to your high standards.

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Question: When Bond saves Tracey in the beginning and she drives off he comments "This never happened to the other fellow". I know this is a joking reference to Sean Connery, but what is Bond supposed to mean within the context of the film? Connery references aside, why would he be saying this?

Answer: It's an entirely intentional aside to the audience, the one occasion in the entire Bond series where the so-called 'fourth wall' (i.e. the cinema screen itself) is broken. As such, within the context of the film itself, it doesn't really have much of a meaning.


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