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  • Author Existence Failure: Bunt was meant to return with Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever, but her character was eliminated when her actress, Ilse Steppat, died.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Diana Rigg's reason for doing a Bond film was that she hadn't done an epic film yet.
  • Big Name Fan:
    What I liked about it that we've tried to emulate in this film is there's a tremendous balance in that movie of action and scale and romanticism and tragedy and emotion.
    • Steven Soderbergh writes that "For me there's no question that cinematically On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the best Bond film and the only one worth watching repeatedly for reasons other than pure entertainment ... Shot to shot, this movie is beautiful in a way none of the other Bond films are".
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  • The Cast Showoff: George Lazenby was taught martial arts by Bruce Lee and we get to see his fighting prowess in the film.
  • Cast the Expert: Grunter's actor was a wrestler and a stuntman who gained the part as compensation for having his nose broken by George Lazenby in his audition.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: George Baker was once a candidate to play Bond.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • On Her Majesty's Service (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 Majesty's Secret Service (Spain).
    • To Her Majesty's Secret Service (Denmark).
    • 007 Seized The Snow Mountain Castle (China & Norway).
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: John Barry cited "We Have All the Time in the World" as one of his favourite Bond compositions, saying it was the finest piece of music he had written for a Bond movie; also because of the pleasure of working with Louis Armstrong.
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  • Darkhorse Casting: George Lazenby was a former car salesman turned male model whose sole acting experience was in adverts for Fry's chocolate. And he was chosen to play James Bond.
  • Development Hell: It was first announced as a successor to Goldfinger (Thunderball came in because of lawsuits and such), then after Thunderball (but the winter locations made producers prioritize You Only Live Twice).
  • Fake Brit: George Lazenby is Australian.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Draco is French (Corsican), and he's played by Italian actor Gabriele Ferzetti.note 
    • Irma Bunt is Swiss, Ilse Steppat was German.
    • Grunther: Swiss or German character, played by Russian stuntman and wrestler Yuri Borienko.
  • Hostility on the Set:
    • It was reported at the time that George Lazenby and Diana Rigg didn't get on. While they weren't exactly friends, they had their good days and bad days. The rumours started when it was reported that Rigg ate garlic before a love scene (which wasn't true - she said to Lazenby as a joke that she was having garlic for lunch). She later admitted that she found Lazenby immature. Lazenby for his part claimed that he got on with everybody - except director Peter R. Hunt. He claimed that he didn't receive any coaching despite his inexperience and that Hunt 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."
      One time, we were on location at an ice rink and Diana and Peter were drinking champagne inside. Of course I wasn't invited as Peter was there. I could see them through the window, but the crew were all outside stomping around on the ice trying to keep warm. So, when she got in the car, I went for her. She couldn't drive the car properly and I got in to her about her drinking and things like that. Then she jumped out and started shouting 'he's attacking me in the car!' I called her a so-and-so for not considering the crew who were freezing their butts off outside. And it wasn't that at all in the end, as she was sick that night, and I was at fault for getting in to her about it. I think everyone gets upset at one time.
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    • Lazenby overall was reported to be quite a prima donna on the set, sure that he would become just as big a star as Connery with the role. This probably contributed to his not doing any more Bond films. He later went on record as saying that it was mainly him listening to very bad advice by his agent that made him behave that way, including his decision to stop making Bond films. The fact he always said in later interviews that this was one of the worst decisions he ever made but that he also fired his agent just a couple of years later really does not come as a surprise if this in fact is true.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Despite being one of the most obscure Bond films amongst the general populace, often inaccurately thought to be a financial failure, the producers and EON have gone on the record saying that if they had to choose one Bond movie to preserve for future generations, it would be OHMSS. Many Bond fans, though split on what they think of the film overall, largely agree that if the only thing different about it were Connery playing the role, it would unquestionably be considered the greatest film in the entire series, even today.
  • No Stunt Double: 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.
  • One-Hit Wonder:
    • Irma Bunt was Ilse Steppat's only English language role. She died shortly after the film came out.
    • Peter Hunt drifted away from the franchise after this film. In an interview, he explained that Broccoli and Saltzman asked him to return for Diamonds Are Forever and subsequent films, but he was always busy with other projects at the time and sooner or later they stopped asking.
    • Lazenby's story is well-known.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Real-Life Relative: The picture of Tracy's mother was a photograph of Diana Rigg's own mother.
  • Throw It In!:
    • 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.
    • The St. Bernard rolling in front of Bond was totally unexpected, and Lazenby reacted accordingly ("Never mind that! Go and get the brandy, huh?").
  • Troubled Production: The film had a few stuntmen accidents (including one guy losing a foot), and leading man George Lazenby had conflicts with the director and the producers. On top of that, the press had a field day with the production and created huge stories out of the most innocuous events; lead actress Diana Rigg's off-hand quip about eating garlic prior to a scene resulted in stories that the two leads could barely even stand to work together (which, to be fair, wasn't completely untrue), while the news that George Baker would be overdubbing some of Lazenby's lines — specifically the ones where Bond was impersonating Baker's character, Sir Hillary Bray — ended up being interpreted as Lazenby having proven to be such a terrible actor that the producers had been forced to have Baker overdub his entire performance. These stories naturally made the already-strained mood on the set even worse, and played a part in Lazenby's decision not to return to the role.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The role of Bond was offered to Timothy Dalton, who declined because he felt at 23, he was too young and inexperienced. He also didn't want to take over from Connery.
    • 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.
    • Roger Moore was also offered the role, but he was busy with The Saint.
    • Cubby Broccoli offered Jeremy Brett the role of 007 after seeing him in My Fair Lady. Brett ultimately declined the role, saying - "It's the sort of role you cannot afford to turn down, but I think it would have spoiled my life if I had got it."
    • Broccoli attempted to convince Dick Van Dyke to play Bond. (Yes, really.)
    • Peter R. Hunt originally wanted Brigitte Bardot for Tracy, but she ironically decided to star opposite Sean Connery in Shalako. Jacqueline Bisset and Catherine Deneuve were also considered.
    • In the commentary, George Baker (Sir Hillary Bray) explains that Ian Fleming had put him forward as his choice to play James Bond when he was trying to drum up interest for a film series, before Saltzman and Broccoli got involved. In that light, Baker noted it gave him an odd feeling to be in the studio dubbing Lazenby's dialogue for when Bond was impersonating Bray.
    • Had George Lazenby's agent not convinced him to leave the series, his contract was for seven movies. Tracy's death would only occur in the follow-up, but since the main actor was leaving, the producers decided to keep it in just one movie—and Bond seeking revenge for Tracy's death was not (explicitly) addressed within the franchise until For Your Eyes Only. note 
    • Irma Bunt was supposed to come back in the next film (likely for Bond to get a proper revenge on her), but Ilse Steppat died of a heart attack only four days after the international release of OHMSS, hence the Karma Houdini.
    • In order to explain why Bond looks different, the original script explained that he had plastic surgery because he kept getting recognised by all his enemies. This was scrapped because they realised it was a terrible idea, dodging a continuity bullet when Connery later returned to the role; a continuity error, however is created as Blofeld fails to recognize Bond, despite the two having met face to face in the preceding film.
    • An entire action scene was cut due to time. Bond was originally supposed to catch one of Blofeld's henchmen spying on his meeting with Sir Hilary and give chase across the rooftops of London.
    • 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.
    • Lyrics were originally intended for John Barry's main theme, but were later rejected in favor of "We Have All the Time in the World".


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