New this week 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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New this month 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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