On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Tidbits

  • Though killing Bond’s wife makes this entry oddly morose, it does introduce a recurring device for his anger and bachelorhood. He visits her grave in For Your Eyes Only, and in License to Kill, he declines to catch the garter at a wedding.
  • Lazenby announced before the movie was released that it would be his only Bond film, which made selling this episode a nightmare.
  • The voice of Draco was dubbed by David de Keyser
  • It was said that Rigg so disliked Lazenby that she ate garlic before their love scenes
  • Lazenby was the only actor to ever break the “fourth wall” of Bond movies and say he wasn’t the same guy.
  • Early drafts of the script had a subplot of Lazenby getting plastic surgery to explain the change in appearance.
  • Telly Savalas, suffering from a fear of flying, had a “no-flying” provision worked into his contract. He still had to take the gondola up 10,000 feet to film some scenes in Switzerland though.
  • The actors who were originally supposed to play Bond and Tracy were Sean Connery and Briggite Bardot. They would later star together in Shalako.
  • The scene where Bond breaks into Gumbold’s office was missing in early video tape versions of the film.
  • George Lazenby was not allowed to do any of the actual skiing seen in the film due to insurance reasons.
  • Lazenby was originally offered a seven picture contract but refused.
  • During a screen test, Lazenby broke the nose of the man he was fighting with.
  • First Bond film directed by Peter Hunt
  • When Bond is in the office of Sir Hillary Bray, he is informed that the translation of his family motto is “The World Is Not Enough”, which is the title of Bond 19.
  • While playing Sir Hilary (as he does in most the film), George Lazenby is dubbed by the guy who plays the real Sir Hilary earlier in the film.
  • During the ski chase, one of the stunt men was killed.
  • The producers tried to stay as true to the original novel as possible, explaining why Blofled didn’t recognize Bond, the S.P.E.C.T.R.E trilogy was Thunderball, On Her Majesties Secret Service, then You Only Live Twice.
  • Tracy being killed wasn’t supposed to be shown until Diamonds Are Forever.
  • Timothy Dalton was offered the part of Bond, but turned it down because he felt he was to young to realistically play the part.
  • George Lazeby turned down the seven movie contract because he was told that Bond was a “Woodstock Character.”