On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Trivia: While filming a chase sequence through the back streets and over the roof tops of London, George Lazenby injured his arm scaling a wall. In the scene, Bond discovers one of Blofeld's men spying on his meeting with Hilary Bray at the College of Arms and gives chase. The entire sequence was deleted from the final cut.

Trivia: George Lazenby was 29 when he was cast as James Bond, making him the youngest actor to date to play 007.

Trivia: During production, George Lazenby (Bond) was messing about on horseback and caused Bernard Lee (M) to fall into a fence and cut his leg open. There was no doctor available so Lee's injury had to be stitched up by a local vet.

Trivia: Gabriele Ferzetti plays Diana Rigg's father in the movie, even though in real life he's only 13 years older than Rigg.

Trivia: When Bond is pretending to be Sir Hilary Bray, George Lazenby is dubbed by George Baker.

Trivia: At the end of the film, Tracy is shot and killed by Irma Bunt. This was intended to be the opening scene of the next Bond film, "Diamonds Are Forever".

Trivia: This is the only Bond film that is entirely set and filmed in Europe.

Deliberate mistake: Blofeld doesn't recognize James Bond in this film, even though they met face-to-face in the previous movie, "You Only Live Twice." There is a production-related reason for this. Ian Fleming wrote "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" in 1963 (in which Bond and Blofeld met for the first time), and he wrote "You Only Live Twice" in 1964. However, "You Only Live Twice" was adapted for film first (in 1967), and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was adapted afterward (in 1969). Because the 1969 film was so faithful to its source material, Blofeld and Bond are basically meeting for the first time...again. The producers were aware of this continuity problem and intended to have James Bond undergo plastic surgery for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (which would conveniently explain Blofeld not recognizing him, as well as the fact that Sean Connery had been replaced by George Lazenby in the lead role). But the plastic surgery idea was discarded in faithfulness to the novel, resulting in a glaring continuity problem between the 1967 and 1969 films.

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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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