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Features the only signature gun barrel sequence of all Bond films in which Bond drops down on one knee while shooting at the audience. It's also the only version of the sequence where the descending blood completely erases Bond's image, leaving only the red circle.
As of 2009, George Lazenby is the youngest actor to portray 007 at age 29 during filming. The rest of the actors and their ages, in no particular order: Sean Connery - 31, Roger Moore - 45, Timothy Dalton - 40, Pierce Brosnan - 41 and Daniel Craig - 38.
The producers originally intended to explain the change of lead actors in the film by saying that Bond had undergone plastic surgery because his "old" face was now too well known by foreign spies and terrorists for him to go undercover, but they then decided not to refer at all to the change, and thus hopefully minimize the public attention being paid to George Lazenby replacing Sean Connery. However, after the opening action sequence, right before the titles, Bond states "This never happened to the other fellow," an intentionally comedic reference to the change in actors.
As Bond passes a janitor in Draco's headquarters, the man can be heard whistling the Goldfinger (1964) theme.
Blofeld's headquarters was a partially completed restaurant on top of Mount Schilthorn. The owners allowed filming on condition EON paid $125,000 to refit the interior and construct a helicopter pad. When the restaurant opened it was given the name Piz Gloria used in the film. The only public access to the restaurant is by cable car (from Mürren or Stechelberg). The Piz Gloria was the first established revolving mountain restaurant in the world.
The theme "We Have All the Time in the World" was the last thing that Louis Armstrong ever recorded - he died two years later.
This was the longest Bond film, at 140 minutes, until the appearance of Casino Royale (2006) in 2006 which runs 4 minutes longer.
There are many reasons why George Lazenby only made one appearance as James Bond. According to the DVD Documentary, here are some of the main reasons: 1. Lazenby's youthful cockiness rankled Albert R. Broccoli's nerves. One incident mentioned is Lazenby skiing down the slopes on his own (resulting in the broken arm) and a moment of arrogance on Lazenby's part that spoiled a cast and crew party. 2. The notoriously harsh British tabloids writing up unfavorable stories about Lazenby and how he fails to measure up to Sean Connery, thereby swaying public opinion against the movie before it was released. One incident cited by Lazenby was during an interview with a reporter in the commissary in which Diana Rigg jokingly yelled from across the room "I'm having garlic for lunch, darling! I hope you are too!" This lead to an article in which Rigg supposedly hated Lazenby so much that "She eats garlic before love scenes". 3. Lazenby, believed that the Bond series was over in the wake of more sophisticated films like The Graduate (1967) and Easy Rider (1969), and the tuxedo-clad secret agent was out of touch with the newly liberated 1970s. He mentioned to his agent that he wasn't sure if he wanted to play Bond again, even before this film was released. The producers heard this and were none too pleased. Lazenby had been offered a seven picture deal and had signed a letter of intent to star in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He had even been paid an initial fee installment which he later refunded. Although some claim the film was a box-office failure, it was in fact a huge hit, recouping more than ten times its cost and becoming the second highest grossing film of the year at the worldwide box-office.
Sean Connery was offered a then very large salary of $1 million to make this film but declined.
During the filming a Piz Gloria, the cast and crew received their per diems in cash. Upon seeing George Lazenby with a suitcase stuffed full of cash, Telly Savalas invited him to a late-night poker game he regularly held with crew members and promptly relieved Lazenby of having to carry so much extra weight. Upon hearing of this, Harry Saltzman visited the location, joined the game over Savalas's protests, and won back Lazenby's money. He then informed Savalas in no uncertain terms that he was not to victimize his "boy" (Lazenby) again.
Timothy Dalton was offered the part of James Bond, but turned it down feeling that, at 22, he was too young and relatively unexperienced to take the role. Dalton would go on to play Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989) nearly twenty years later.
For the opening sequence, railway sleepers (railroad ties) were buried under the sand to allow Bond's Aston Martin to drive on the beach.
George Baker provides the voice of Bond when 007 is pretending to be Sir Hilary Bray.
This is Christopher Nolan's favourite movie, and many references can be found in the movie 'Inception' (2010)
This is the last time that John Barry's original Dr. No (1962) arrangement of the James Bond Theme would be used onscreen. It would however, continue to be used in trailers etc. as late as Licence to Kill (1989).
Sean Connery later said that he would have preferred to do a Bond film like this one, as opposed to You Only Live Twice (1967).
Adam West, a personal friend of Albert R. Broccoli, was offered the part of James Bond for the movie. West said that while he was very tempted, he ultimately turned it down feeling the role should be played by an English Actor.
The title of the book/film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was a corruption of a very familiar phrase known to most British people. For many decades, all correspondence sent from Government departments e.g. the Tax Office, Social Services etc, arrived in envelopes which did not have a stamp, but had the words, "On Her ("His" when there was a male monarch) Majesty's Service" printed on the envelope. Such correspondence was usually referred to as, "OHMS".
The first James Bond film in which Bond is seen openly crying.
The only James Bond film which is both entirely set and entirely filmed in Europe.
The film performed admirably, out-grossing its nearest competitor almost two to one at the U.S. box office where, according to Variety, it was the most popular film in the country for four solid weeks. It generated enough rentals at the box-office to claim ninth position on the box office chart for the year 1970. The persistent belief that it was a flop arises from its disappointing showing in comparison to the previous three Sean Connery Bond films, all of which made more than 100 million dollars worldwide, whereas this film grossed 87 million worldwide.
The first line of the Ian Fleming "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" James Bond novel: "It was one of those Septembers when it seemed that the summer would never end." The last line: "The young patrolman took a last scared look at the motionless couple, hurried over to his motor cycle, picked up the hand-microphone, and began talking urgently to the rescue headquarters".
This is one of the most faithful adaptations of an Ian Fleming novel; virtually everything in the book occurs in the film. Staying so close to the source actually caused some continuity problems due to the different order of the films. For example, in this film Bond and Blofeld seem to be meeting for the first time, despite having met face-to-face in the film version of You Only Live Twice (1967). Some details are different: Count Bleauville is changed to Count Bleauchamp, and Ruby Windsor becomes Ruby Barrett. The situations of Bond's taking a leave of absence, and his discovery by Blofeld, are different. Tracy is not kidnapped. Blofeld is completely different in appearance from Telly Savalas, being described as having long silvery-white hair, an aquiline nose, a wrinkled forehead, a slender body, a nostril that has been eaten away by tertiary syphilis, and no earlobes. Savalas's Blofeld has none of these features - he doesn't even have a European accent. However, his earlobes were clipped back to serve a plot element.
At least for the German audience the jump from Sean Connery to George Lazenby wasn't as sharp as for the rest of the world: He still sounded the same. Actor Gert Günther Hoffmann, the regular German voice of Connery, dubbed the new James Bond as well.
Bond's sliding along the ice whilst firing a machine gun in the attack on Piz Gloria was a spur-of-the-moment idea from director Peter R. Hunt.
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Bond's line to the Saint Bernard about going to get the brandy was improvised by George Lazenby.
In the original novel, the casino where Bond and Tracy play baccarat is in fact Casino Royale where Bond makes annual visits to the grave of Vesper Lynd nearby.
James Bond tells Draco, regarding Tracy, "Her price is far above rubies or even your million pounds," The first six words are from the Bible's Proverbs 31:10, which describes a worthy woman.
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Former ITN newsreader Carol Barnes filmed scenes with the Angels of Death after showing up to the set with her friend Jenny Hanley. She can be briefly seen serving drinks at the first meal Bond attends.
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Certain film techniques appear in the James Bond series for the first time in this picture: slow motion (when Bond is knocked out in his bedroom), flashback (Bond remembering Tracy being captured), and "breaking the fourth wall" (Lazenby looking into the camera briefly, immediately after his line "This never happened to the other fella"). Though it seems to be a self referential remark (Lazenby replaced Sean Connery as Bond) it also has a meaning in the context of the story.
Whereas ads for You Only Live Twice (1967) loudly touted "Sean Connery IS James Bond", the marketing for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) downplayed the name of the replacement actor completely. This is the last time that the name of the actor playing Bond appears below the title, and in several of the ads for the film, there is an image of a faceless Bond. Since George Lazenby was a virtual unknown when he was cast as Bond, initial teaser advertising for the film emphasized the Bond character rather than the actor playing him. United Artists would later say that this marketing strategy was a mistake which hurt the film's performance at the box office.
Whilst cracking open a safe in a Swiss lawyer's office, Bond reads a copy of "Playboy". This is a nod to the fact that "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" first appeared in "Playboy". "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was the first Ian Fleming's James Bond novels to be serialized in the magazine, appearing in the May 1963 issue of "Playboy". It was followed by a serialized, shortened version of the novel You Only Live Twice (not the film version) in the April 1964 issue. The issue in the film is February 1969 featuring centerfold Lorrie Menconi (the cover of the magazine and the top part of her centerfold can be seen).
First time M's home (called Quarterdeck in this movie) is seen in a James Bond movie in the series. Casino Royale (2006) was the second. M's home is also seen in the unofficial Casino Royale (1967).
Joanna Lumley makes one of her first screen appearances in this movie. Unlike other "Avengers" actors and actresses (Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman), she is the only one to have appeared in a Bond movie *before* starring in The Avengers (1961). Despite having a very small part as one of Blofeld's girls, she spent two months on the production, dubbing the voices of a whole line up of international beauties in German, Chinese and Norwegian accents, in addition to teaching many of the actresses who played Blofeld's patients how to crochet, which some of them can be seen doing on film. With time, some of the women preferred crocheting garments over attending parties for the cast. Joanna Lumley has also read an abridged version of the Ian Fleming novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service on BBC Radio 4.
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The picture of Tracy's mother was a photograph of Diana Rigg's own mother.
George Lazenby also bears the distinction of being the only 007 actor who was born and raised outside the United Kingdom. He's from Australia. (Pierce Brosnan was born in Ireland but moved to the UK when fairly young.)
The sequence where Bond finds Tracy waiting for him in his hotel suite has since been used as one of the scenes performed by actors auditioning for the role of James Bond.
Willy Bogner performed some spectacular skiing feats for the filming of chase sequences for this movie. These included skiing backwards downhill with a hand-held camera, sometimes placing it between his legs and being towed behind a bobsleigh along the bobsled course.
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Kevin McClory considered casting George Lazenby as James Bond in Never Say Never Again (1983) but Lazenby was dropped from consideration when Sean Connery confirmed that he wanted the role.
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The motto, "Orbis non sufficit", given to Bond when he researches his own coat of arms before impersonating Sir Hilary Bray, is the Latin for The World Is Not Enough (1999) which was later used as a Bond film title.
Film debut of George Lazenby.
The John Barry score for this movie was the first in the EON Production series to extensively use synthesizers and electric guitars.
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George Lazenby wanted to do most of his own stunts but the studio wouldn't allow him. During the shooting of one of the stunt scenes, Lazenby actually broke his arm, thereby delaying the filming of many of his later scenes. When Bond is taken to Blofeld's lab at Piz Gloria, Lazenby's broken arm in its cast is hidden by his coat which was draped over his arm. Blofeld's guard removes it from him as Lazenby was unable to do so. The guard removing the jacket was played by Yuri Borienko who ironically had had his nose broken by Lazenby in the screen test fight scene that the actor had done to land the part.
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In order to help get himself the part of James Bond, George Lazenby went to the same tailor and barber that worked with Sean Connery so when he showed up at Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman's production offices, he'd look more like Connery. Coincidentally, Broccoli was present in the barber's shop when Lazenby showed up for his haircut. This in part did help him establish an image and led to getting the role of James Bond.
The Royal World Premiere of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) was held on Thursday 18 December 1969 at the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square, London in the presence of the 'Duke of Kent' and the Duchess of Kent. George Lazenby attended the event sporting a beard.
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George Lazenby said he experienced difficulties during shooting, not receiving any coaching despite his lack of acting experience, and with director Peter R. Hunt never addressing him directly, only through his assistant. Lazenby also declared that Hunt also asked the rest of the crew to keep a distance from him, as "Peter thought the more I was alone, the better I would be as James Bond."
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"Nymphalis polychloris," the species of butterfly that James Bond detects at M's home, is a fictional taxon.
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First Bond film since From Russia with Love (1963) to use an instrumental opening theme. The decision to forgo the usual song was prompted by the conclusion that any lyric composition that attempted to include the full title of the film would be awkward and at best sound like a humorous Gilbert & Sullivan song, which would be inappropriate for the film series. As of 2009, no other film in the series since has done so.
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During filming, George Lazenby was fooling around on horseback and caused Bernard Lee to fall into a fence and tear his leg open. As no doctor was available, the local vet stitched the gash up.
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James Bond is said to be a descendant of Sir Otto Le Bon. 16 years after this movie, Simon Le Bon and his band Duran Duran sang the music video for A View to a Kill (1985), wherein Simon Le Bon makes a pun about himself and James Bond.
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Ernst Stavro Blofeld was named after Tom Blofeld with whom James Bond creator Ian Fleming went to school at Eton. His son is cricket commentator Henry Blofeld. Blofeld's birthdate as given in the literature is the same date as Ian Fleming's birthday which is 28 May 1908.
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Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novel "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" while Dr. No (1962) was being filmed. Fleming included a mention by name of Ursula Andress in the book. The title was shared by a rare British nautical novel of the 19th Century which was discovered by Fleming's friend Sir John Nicholas Henderson (aka Nicko Henderson) at a Portbello Road book stall in London. In the book's sequel You Only Live Twice (1967), Fleming named the character Dikko Henderson after Nicko Henderson.
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The film was originally rated M by the MPAA in the USA. It was subsequently re-rated PG.
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Many Olympic ski competitors as well as other ski experts contributed as body doubles, extras and supporting roles for performing the necessary skiing sequences in the movie. The principal actors were not allowed to ski in the movie due to insurance regulations.
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The revolving restaurant shown in the movie (on the mountain called Schilthorn above Muerren, Switzerland) has monitors which play continuous loops of the ski scenes featuring the location.
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Shaun Campbell is seen reading the "Daily Express" newspaper - which at the time had a regular 007 cartoon strip running in it.
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Gabriele Ferzetti was only 13 years older than Diana Rigg, who played his daughter.
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George Lazenby suggested a scene where Bond skis off a cliff and opens a parachute. This was scrapped, as the filmmakers lacked the resources to pull it off. It was used as the opening for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
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A double was used for Diana Rigg at the ice rink as the actress did not know how to skate.
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Director Peter R. Hunt had previously edited many 007 movies, the job of editor (and second unit directing) went to John Glen.
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Largely a result of Bond's being recast, the first movie in the series to make extensive use of in jokes and tongue in cheek humor. The film also depicted scenes where Bond encountered and worked with a "Harem" of women. All of these would become trademarks of most of Roger Moore's Bond films.
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Cameraman John Jordan developed a special helicopter harness for filming aerial shots of the mountain slopes and the film's action sequences. He would hang eighteen feet below the chopper from a large round metal support apparatus.
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The poetry that Tracy quotes to Blofeld ('Thy dawn, O Master of the World, thy dawn...') is derived from a speech in James Elroy Flecker's play, 'The Story of Hassan of Bagdad and How He Came to Make the Golden Journey to Samarkand'.
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It has been alleged that George Lazenby and Diana Rigg didn't get on. However, according to Peter R. Hunt, these rumours are untrue and there were no such difficulties-or else they were minor-and may have started with Rigg joking to Lazenby before filming a love scene "Hey George, I'm having garlic for lunch. I hope you are!"
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The stock car rink had to be specially constructed by flooding a flat field with water and then freezing it.
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Peter R. Hunt originally wanted to direct You Only Live Twice (1967) but when that assignment was given to Lewis Gilbert, he walked off the series and went on a round the world trip. Ironically he was in Tokyo when he bumped into Albert R. Broccoli and Gilbert who were prepping "You Only Live Twice". Broccoli asked Hunt to direct the second unit on that film with the promise of directing the next entry in the series.
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Actors considered for the part of Tracy Draco included Brigitte Bardot, Jacqueline Bisset, and Catherine Deneuve. Reportedly, Bardot was the first choice of director Peter R. Hunt but she ironically decided to star opposite the former James Bond Sean Connery in Shalako (1968). Diana Rigg was finally chosen partly because of her appearance as Emma Peel in British TV's spy series The Avengers (1961).
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Lyrics were originally intended for John Barry's main theme, but were later rejected in favor of Louis Armstrong's memorable rendition of "We Have All The Time In The World". This love theme composed by John Barry and written by Hal David was the last song ever recorded by Louis Armstrong. A re-mix of the song "We Have All The Time In The World" was a No. #3 hit in the UK twenty five years after the movie was originally released. The song has also been covered by Iggy Pop and it can be heard on the David Arnold Bond song compilation album, "Shaken and Stirred: the David Arnold James Bond Project". This album also features a cover of the film's OHMSS main title theme performed by The Propellerheads.
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Actors considered for the role of Bond included: Adam West, Bob Campbell, Anthony Rogers, Hans De Vries, Jeremy Brett, John Richardson, and Roy Thinnes.
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George A. Cooper is often wrongly credited with being in this film.
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Final film in which the name of the actor who plays James Bond appears below the title in the title sequence.
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George Lazenby was previously a car salesman with a part time job as a male model. He was also well-known in Britain as "The Big Fry man," after the chocolate bar commercials he starred in, carrying an outsize bar on his hunky shoulder.
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Every year the Swiss army dynamite certain dangerous mountainsides to remove the threat of avalanches. As the storyline called for such an avalanche, the film production worked alongside the army in scouting appropriate sites for filming. Having chosen one, they were dismayed to discover that the avalanche occurred naturally before the crew could get there to film it so the resulting one seen in the film is a combination of stock footage, special effects, and clever use of close-ups and sound.
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Novelist Simon Raven was brought in to polish the dialog, notably the exchanges between Tracy and Blofeld.
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Product placements, brand integrations and promotional tie-ins for this movie include the Aston Martin 1969 DBS; Gucci suitcase; Hennessy Brandy; Playboy Magazine; Campari; the Ford Motor Company, particularly the 1969 Ford Mercury Cougar Convertible; Jack Daniel's Whiskey; Schilthorn Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant; Krug Champagne; Dom Perignon Champagne, particularly a Dom Perignon '57; and Rolex Watches including the Rolex Submariner 5513 and Rolex Chronograph 6238 watches.
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This is actually the only Bond movie in which Bond goes to Portugal, where Ian Fleming inspired himself with Casino do Estoril to create Casino Royale the 1st Bond novel.
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Bond plays the Chemin de Fer variant of Baccarat in the casino scene.
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James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan stated he came close to walking out of this film in anger and is his least Favourite of all the Bond films.
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The first Bond film in which 007 used skis. As this is a 1960s Bond movie, it is interesting to note that the first and big 60s Bond star Sean Connery never did a skiing or snow sequence Bond movie, his James Bond only ever drives through snow-capped mountains in Goldfinger (1964).
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The German inscription on the wall of Piz Gloria briefly seen during the final battle means "Reconciliation of Nature and Technology".
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Peter R. Hunt was allowed to direct because the producers were impressed with his editing style and as the result of a long-standing promise from Broccoli and Saltzman for a directorial position. Hunt also asked for the position during the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and he brought along with him many crew members, including cinematographer Michael Reed. Hunt was focused on putting his mark - "I wanted it to be different than any other Bond film would be. It was my film, not anyone else's."
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Gabriele Ferzetti's voice was dubbed by David de Keyser, who would later appear in the next Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
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Most close-ups of principal actors skiing were actually filmed back at Pinewood Studios as back-projection process shots. The principal actors were not allowed to ski in the movie due to insurance regulations.
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The literal translations of some of this film's foreign language titles include On Her Majesty's Service (Sweden & Israel); The Queen's 007 (Japan); On The Secret Service of Her Majesty (Belgium, Canada, France and West Germany); To Serve Her Majesty (Italy); 007 On Her Majesty's Service (Brazil & Portugal); 007 On Her Queen's Service (Spain); To Her Majesty's Secret Service (Denmark) and 007 Seized The Snow Mountain Castle (China & Norway)
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Greek actor Takis Emmanuel, hired to play Draco's henchman Klett, refused to rehearse for the beach fight in the opening sequence, and so he was fired and replaced by stunt man Bill Morgan, a high fall and trampoline expert. Because the wedding scenes were filmed before the beach scenes, Emmanuel can be seen a few times in the film -- meaning both men technically played the same character in the same film, an unintentional first considering no plot points revolve around it.
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Actresses France Anglade and Marie-France Boyer played Tracy in the various screen tests for the new 007.
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This is the first of three consecutive Bond films in which James Bond is played by a different actor, given that Sean Connery returned to the role in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and was succeeded by Roger Moore in Live and Let Die (1973).
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In 2014, Joanna Lumley (The English Girl) played Irma Bunt in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
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Vehicles included James Bond's dark green 1969 Aston Martin DBS (not to be confused with a DB5); Tracy's red 1969 Ford Mercury Cougar convertible; Draco's Rolls-Royce Corniche Mulliner Park Ward Drophead Coupé; 007 ascends to Piz Gloria in a Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter; a Mercedes sedan and Irma Bunt's pursuing black Mercedes-Benz 600; three Bell 204 HUEY helicopters with dummy Red Cross markings for the attack on Piz Gloria; a cable car to Piz Gloria; two bobsleds; and various stock cars in the stock car rally.
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A scene showing Bond murdering an enemy agent who is following him was shot, but left incomplete as George Lazenby was injured and Peter R. Hunt deemed the scene extraneous to the thrust of the plot.
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First Bond film since Dr. No (1962) to put the production credit over the gun barrel intro.
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James Bond while visiting Blofeld is offered to eat a special steak called 'Piz Gloria'. Piz Gloria is the name of the revolving restaurant where the film shooting took place.
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A Rolex worn by George Lazenby drew a bid of $40,373 at Christie's in London in 2003.
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Last full length feature film of Brian Worth.
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The title lent itself to a role-playing board game "James Bond 007: Role-Playing In Her Majesty's Secret Service" in 1983 and was produced up until 1987. It was released by Avalon Books' Victory Games and was designed by Gerard Christopher Klug. The cover art picture of James Bond was not based on George Lazenby but was an amalgam of the likeness of both Sean Connery and Roger Moore and most closely resembled the poster for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The last three digits of its game book rules' ISBN were 007.
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Blofeld getting snared with a tree was performed at the studio by Telly Savalas himself, after the attempt to do this by the stuntman on location came out wrong.
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For the cinematography, Peter R. Hunt aimed for a "simple, but glamorous like the 1950s Hollywood films I grew up with", as well as something realistic, "where the sets don't look like sets".
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The film doesn't have a title song, because John Barry felt that would be difficult to compose a theme song containing the title "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" unless it were written operatically, in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan.
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The first of two times James Bond is shown in his MI6 office. The second time is in Die Another Day (2002).
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Although a continental European in the books and movies, "Blofeld" is actually an English family name, being an Anglicization of the Dutch name Blauvelt, or "blue field," which is also the meaning of Bleuchamps, the original family name in the movie. The original family name in the book, "Bleuville," means "blue town."
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The Maginot Line was a key contender for the major mountain location before the production settled on Mount Schilthorn and Piz Gloria.
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Most of Brian Grellis's performance was removed from the final print.
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The film's CD Soundtrack sleeve notes state that the soundtrack album debuted in the US Charts on 7 February 1970 where it peaked at the No. #103 spot.
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Last movie in the EON series to date (2012) to use an instrumental opening theme song.
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Winter sports seen in the movie included downhill skiing, bobsled toboggan, ice-skating, stock car racing on ice and curling, the last item being played on the top deck of Piz Gloria.
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The bobsledding chase was also filmed with the help of Swiss Olympic athletes, and was rewritten to incorporate the accidents the stuntmen suffered during shooting, such as the scene where Bond falls from the sled.
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The first time in the series James Bond is shown eating on-screen.
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There was originally a foot-chase in the film. Bond was to spy one of Blofeld's henchmen spying on his meeting with Sir Hilary Bray and purse him across the rooftops of London, eventually catching up to him and beating him to death. Due to time constraints and delays, it was never filmed.
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Peter R. Hunt asked Simon Raven to write some of the dialogue between Tracy and Blofeld in Piz Gloria, which was to be "sharper, better and more intellectual". One of Raven's additions was having Tracy quoting James Elroy Flecker.
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Cinematographer Michael Reed added he had difficulties with lighting, as every set built for the film had a ceiling, preventing spotlights from being hung from above.
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While shooting, Peter R. Hunt wanted "the most interesting framings possible", which would also look good after being cropped for television.[
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Cameo 

George Leech:  The stuntman as a strangled SPECTRE skier.
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Richard Graydon:  The stuntman as Draco's driver
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Director Cameo 

Peter R. Hunt:  is seen, although obscurely, directly following the opening credits. In the bottom left hand corner of the Universal Exports brass plaque, he is seen reflected whilst walking past the building.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the original take of the final scene featuring Tracy's death, George Lazenby came to tears. Director Peter R. Hunt then made them shoot the scene again because he said that, "Bond does not cry." There were only two takes shot.
Ilse Steppat's only ever English language role was as Irma Bunt in this movie. She was not able to enjoy her new success. She died of a heart attack less than a week after the release of this film. The character of Irma Bunt was intended for a time to return in the next James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever (1971). But because of her passing, the character did not return.
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The only James Bond movie in which both the main villain (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) and his sidekick (henchwoman Irma Bunt) survive and are not captured, arrested or killed.
Bond and Tracy's wedding day took 5 days to shoot.
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A tagline on an unused piece of poster artwork read: The New Bond. 007 and Bride.
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