James Bond Girls
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
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|Film Title/Year/Director, Bond Girl (Actress)|
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Teresa ("Tracy") Di Vicenzo / Bond (Diana Rigg)
Suicidal, lovelorn, tragic and daring Teresa (or "Tracy") first met up with Bond (George Lazenby) on a deserted coastal beach in Portugal, when he rescued her from committing suicide - she walked fully clothed into the ocean to drown herself. Although Bond saved her, she sped off in her car and he didn't learn her identity until later - as Contessa Teresa Di Vicenzo, although she liked to be called Tracy.
Finding themselves at the same South of France hotel, Bond watched as the beautiful female approached his gambling table in the casino, in a provocatively revealing low-cut dress, and foolishly made a gambling bet. He covered her bet when she lost, after which she invited him to come to her room suite that evening.
After beating off a black assailant in her room, he found her in his own room, wearing his short hotel robe and lingerie underneath, and holding his own gun on him. She proposed: "Suppose I were to kill you for a thrill." He replied: "I can think of something more sociable to do." But then he knocked the gun away and ordered her to get dressed. Lying on his balcony's lounge-bed, she countered that she was there for "a business transaction" - to repay her debt of 20,000 Francs to him. Bond kissed her, and they slept together that night.
He was awakened the next morning and discovered she had left (and checked out). In his bedside drawer, Bond's gun had been replaced by two 10,000 Franc gambling chips, he had been "paid in full."
Teresa was the only child of crime syndicate head Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti), whom he raised alone from age 12 after his wife died. While unsupervised and finishing her education in Switzerland, she joined the "fast international set, one scandal after another." Draco's spoiled daughter had married an Italian Count who killed himself in a Maserati with one of his mistresses. Bond was offered $1 million pounds in gold (as a "personal dowry") by Draco if he would marry her to provide her fragile and troubled life with stability.
Tracy rightly sensed that her father was luring Bond to her by tempting him with information about the whereabouts of villainous, bald SPECTRE head Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas). Blofeld, wishing to bestow upon himself the title of Count, maintained a mountaintop hideaway Piz Gloria in Switzerland, an allergy clinic front for patients (Angels of Death), who were to help him in his scheme to blackmail the United Nations and the world with the threat of massive destruction by bacteriological means.
Headstrong, adventurous, independent-spirited, and spoiled as a Mafia heiress, Tracy initially resisted Bond because she distrusted her father's motivations, but she eventually succumbed to his sincere romantic interest in her and they became lovers. She helped Bond to evade Blofeld's pursuing guards on skis when he escaped from Piz Gloria and sought to hide in the village of Murren. She admitted a "new interest in life" and in him while driving wildly in her red Cougar, eventually escaping by sidetracking the pursuit in a stock car race.
That evening during a blinding snowstorm, they sought refuge in a barn, and Bond proposed marriage ("I know I'll never find another girl like you...Will you marry me?"). He called her "Mrs. James Bond" while kissing her, but then announced that they wouldn't make love: "The proper time for this is our wedding night, and that's my New Years' resolution." But then he collapsed her bed above him, so that she fell into his arms: "It's not New Year yet."
The next day, she was caught in a tremendous man-made avalanche and taken prisoner by Blofeld. However, she was later rescued during her father's massive assault on Piz Gloria, as she also displayed courageous fighting skills by killing henchman Grunther (Yuri Borienko).
After the end of Bond's mission, he and Tracy were reunited and married at her father's ranch in Portugal.
In the shocking and tearjerking ending of this film, the British Secret Service 007 agent senselessly lost his newly-wed wife Tracy Bond - the only Bond girl to every marry Bond - only moments after their Portugal wedding. As they left for their honeymoon in his flower-adorned dark-green Aston Martin DBS car, Tracy mentioned wanting a large family ("three girls, three boys"). He assured her: "But darling, now we have all the time in the world." When Bond parked the car on the side of the mountain road to remove some flowers to give her, she mentioned that the best wedding present she had already received was "a future." He kissed her with a flower between her lips.
Suddenly without warning, MP-40 submachine gun fire from a passing silver Mercedes 600 sedan strafed their car in a drive-by shooting, and then drove away. Blofeld was driving the vehicle in the attempt on Bond's life -- his henchwoman Irma Bunt (Ilse Steppat) had fired the shots from the back seat of the sedan. Bond ducked and avoided being hit. He shouted twice: "It's Blofeld" as he jumped into his car, realizing then that Tracy had been hit in the forehead by a bullet through the windshield and was instantly killed. He cradled her in his arms, and at first denied her death to a police officer on a motorcycle:
Bond's mournful words were underscored by Louis Armstrong's beautiful and ironic rendition of "We Have All the Time in the World."
Ruby Bartlett (Angela Scoular)
During Bond's (George Lazenby) investigation of SPECTRE head Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas), his tactic was to impersonate genealogy expert Sir Hilary Bray. He traveled to Blofeld's massive mountain-top headquarters in the Swiss Alps, Piz Gloria, to verify the villain's claim to the title [Blofeld was attempting to be granted the right to the hereditary title of Count Balthazar de Bleuchamp].
After arriving, Bond (wearing a Scottish kilt) had dinner in the Alpine Room where he was introduced to a bevy of about a dozen beautiful clinic "patients" of an allergy treatment program gathered from around the world. They remarked: "It's a treat having a man here for once." Bond claimed falsely: "I've never had much to do with young ladies."
During dinner as he boringly lectured on genealogical matters, one of the flirtatious women sitting next to Bond, Ruby Bartlett (Angela Scoular) secretly wrote her room number (8) in lipstick on Bond's bare inner thigh under the table, after which he told villainous henchwoman Irma Bunt (Ilse Steppat) about his temporary discomfort: "Just a slight stiffness coming on in the shoulder. Due to the altitude, no doubt."
That evening, Bond escaped his room's door with an improvised tool and visited Room # 8, Ruby's room, where he found her naked in bed. He complimented her: "You're a picture yourself, and twice as lovely in the firelight." She replied: "You are funny, pretending not to like girls." He flattered her: "You're not usual. That lipstick was an inspiration. So are you...Call me 'Hilly.'" Her eyes widened and she giggled "It's true!" when he dropped his kilt.
After love-making, as she was explaining her allergy to chickens, he witnessed her hypnotic cure - a kaleidoscopic set of pulsating lights above her bed accompanied by the soothing recorded voice of Blofeld telling her to love chickens and that her cure was almost complete, putting her in a trance-like state and unable to communicate. (continued below)
The next evening when Bond was scheduled for a second nocturnal seduction of Ruby, the lascivious Bond found Irma Bunt hiding in Ruby's bed. His cover had been discovered - Sir Hilary Bray wouldn't have seduced patients. Bond was knocked out by Blofeld's henchman Grunther (Yuri Borienko), and exposed as the libidinous 007 before Blofeld.
After being found out, Bond learned that Blofeld was planning to dispense a killer virus around the world, and was training (or brain-washing/hypnotizing) his own "Angels of Death" - his female allergy patients, for the task of delivering the potent virus that would destroy entire species of crops.
Nancy (Catherine Von Schell)
Upon his return to his own room from love-making with Ruby (see above), Bond - with lipstick on his right cheek - found a second patient, Nancy (Catherine Von Schell), who greeted him: "It is me, yes?" She had escaped her room with a finger-nail file.
Bond used the same seductive lines on her that he had just used on Ruby ("You're a picture yourself, and twice as lovely in the firelight"). When she stated: "But I think you do not like girls, Hilly", he claimed: "Usually I don't, but you're not usual. Coming here like this was an inspiration - and so are you. You'll need to be....A miracle, our meeting like this."
When he asked her name, she collapsed in his arms on his bed, and replied: "I'll tell you all about myself later, in the morning."
(chronological, each Bond film a separate page)
Introduction | Dr. No (1962) | From Russia With Love (1963) | Goldfinger (1964) | Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) | On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) | Diamonds are Forever (1971) | Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) | The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) | Moonraker (1979) | For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983) | A View to a Kill (1985) | The Living Daylights (1987) | Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995) | Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) | The World is Not Enough (1999) | Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006) | Quantum of Solace (2008) | Skyfall (2012) | Unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)