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  3 June 2019  

OHMSS50 - A unique fan event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of
On Her Majesty's Secret Service takes place in Portugal and Switzerland

OHMSS50 Part One: Portugal

A unique fan event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of On Her Majesty's Secret Service took place in Portugal and Switzerland over the weekends of 25th/26th May and 1st/2nd June 2019. Guests were invited to explore the locations and meet some of the cast and crew of the 1969 James Bond film. The event was organised by Martijn Mulder, whose groundbreaking book and website On The Tracks of 007 has become the go-to field guide for trips, tours and events surrounding the fascinating James Bond filming locations around the world.

OHMSS50 celebrating 50 years of On Her Majesty's Secret Service

ABOVE: (left) George Lazenby inspects a life-sized poster of himself as James Bond 007 painted by French artist Yves Thos and used extensively in the European advertising campaign for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). (right) An Aston Martin DBS - the same model as driven by James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service in the grounds of the Hotel Palácio in Estoril, Portugal. The hotel also appears in early scenes of the film and also served as the location for a staged version of the wedding of James Bond to Teresa di Vicenzo on April 30, 1969. The staged wedding was essentially a press event where Tracy's wedding dress designed by Marjorie Cornelius was unveiled for the first time. No footage from the day appears in the finished film. The real wedding was filmed at the Vinhas estate in Zambujal in Southern Portugal on the following day.

Both Celebrity and tour guests at the OHMSS50 event explored some of the locations in Portugal featured in the opening sequences of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Although appearing at the start of the film, the Portuguese scenes were shot at the end of the shooting schedule after the crew had completed location work in Switzerland, and interiors were filmed at Pinewood Studios. Tour guests also travelled along the coast to Lisbon, which served as the location for the scenes featuring Bond and Tracy choosing the wedding ring at the silverware shop of Joalharia Ferreria Marques in the Praça de Dom Pedro IV square, and walking in the gardens of the Palácio dos Marqueses de Frontiera, as Louis Armstrong's heartfelt rendition of ‘We Have All The Time In The World’ plays on the soundtrack.

OHMSS50 ticket-holders in Estoril
Martijn Mulder OHMSS50 location comparisons On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Event organiser and guide Martijn Mulder identified the various filming locations, most of which have changed very little in the past half-century. Whilst in southern Portugal the tour guests were joined by James Bond himself George Lazenby, and actor Terence Mountain who played Raphael in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The pair recreated their memorable opening fight entrance at Praia Do Guincho (Guincho Beach) which took place almost 50 years ago to the day!

George Lazenby & Terence Mountain reunited on Guincho Beach May 2019
Filming On Her Majesty's Secret Service on Guincho Beach May 1969

Back at the Hotel Palácio in Estoril, celebrity and tour guests attended a reception in the grounds allowing the press to utilise George Lazenby and the Aston Martin DBS for some memorable photographs.

George Lazenby at the Hotel Palacio with Jose Diogo

George Lazenby was also reunited with hotel bellboy Jose Diogo, who remarkably is still working at the Palácio 50 years later, although now employed as the head Concierge.

Hotel Palacio Estroril Portugal OHMSS50

ABOVE: (top) May 2019 OHMSS50 guests in the grounds of the Hotel Palácio in Estoril, where 50 years ago the same location was used for a staged version of James Bond's wedding to Teresa di Vicenzo. (bottom left) April 30, 1969 George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn were among those who took part in the staged wedding at the Hotel Palácio. (bottom right) May 2019 - George Lazenby poses in the garden of the Palácio with an Aston Martin DBS - the same model he drove in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

Wedding in the grounds of the Hotel Palacio May 2019

ABOVE: Swedish Bond fan Björn Gävert even arranged for his wedding to fiancé Mimi Jojo Yohannes to take place in the grounds of the Hotel Palácio; George Lazenby gave the couple his blessings.

Also whilst in Portugal George Lazenby also made a nostalgic visit to the very place where Peter Hunt (pictured below with German actress Ilse Steppat) directed the scene which the actor is most proud of. As James Bond parks his Aston Martin DBS at the roadside in the Arrábida National Park (near Lisbon) to remove the wedding garlands from his car, his new bride is gunned down by Irma Bunt (Ilse Steppat) as she speeds past the couple in a grey Mercedes driven by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas).

George Lazenby returns to the filming locations of On Her Majesty's Secret Service May 2019

Part 2 - Switzerland


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