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26. November 2018 10:39
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OHMSS 16mm B-Roll News Reel

26. November 2018 10:39 by m | 0 Comments

Frame showing before and after restorationHere is a clip that probably hasn't been seen in a while - very nearly 50 years in fact. It is a 'Visnews' syndicated film News item about the filming of On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceOn Her Majesty and is dated 13 December 1968. A friend of mine found it, several years ago, in the film archive of the TV station for which he used to work (while looking for 'lost' Dr Who episodes - of which, sadly, there were none). Today, this sort of electronic press kit is distributed on DVD. In the 1980s and 1990s it was on video tape, but prior to that it was on 16mm new reel footage like this.

The original Visnews paperwork/script was inside the film can, photocopies of them are included below. I did my best to restore the footage, which was not in great shape as you'll see, and I recorded the script from page 3, which was the one used locally on the TV station this clip was found at. Here is my restored version:

And the original:

Paperwork/scripts:

page 1
page 2
page 3

VisNews_OHMSS_001_of_003   VisNews_OHMSS_002_of_003   VisNews_OHMSS_003_of_003  

VISNEWS

OL. 32116

PRODUCTION NO.        12325/68 (NATURAL SOUND)

PLACE OF FILMING      MURREN, SWITZERLAND RECENT (REC. 13 DEC 1968)

DATE OF FILMING       RECENT (REC. 13 DEC 1968)

AVAILABLE IN COLOR

LONDON 13 DECEMBER 1968

SUBJECT: SWITZERLAND: FILMING OF JAMES BOND EPIC "ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE" IN PROGRESS IN THE SWISS ALPS

DURATION 2 MIN 19 SECS

LENGTH 16 M.M 87 FEET  26.5 METERS.

WORK IS NOW WELL UNDER WAY AT MURREN, IN THE SWISS ALPS, ON THE SIXTH "JAMES BOND” FILM TO BE MADE BY HARRY SALTZMAN AND ALBERT BROCCOLI "On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceOn Her Majesty”, STARRING AS THE SCOTTISH "JAMES BOND, AGENT 007”, IS THE AUSTRALIAN, GEORGE LAZENBY, SURROUNDED BY AN INTERNATIONAL CAST.

FILM SHOWS: RESTAURANT ATOP SCHILTHORN PEAK, SWISS ALPS; ACTORS RESTING; THE DIRECTOR, PETER HUNT; ACTOR GABRIEL FERZETTS; GEORGE LAZENBY “JAMES BOND”; ACTRESS DIANA RIGG; ACTRESS ILSE STEPPAT AS ”IRMA BUNT”; ACTOR TELLY SAVALAS; SCENE FROM FILM UNDER DIRECTION; CLAPPER BOARD; NORTH FACE OF EIGER; GEORGE LAZENBY AND DIANA RIGG TAKING COACH RIDE. (NATURAL SOUND)

FILMING OF THE LATEST "JAMES BOND” EPIC BY IAN FLEMING BEGAN AT AN ALTITUDE OF 10,000 FEET ON THE SNOWCAPPED PEAK OF THE SCHILTHORN IN THE SWISS ALPS, WITHIN SIGHT OF THE FAMOUS EIGER, WITH BOND PITTING HIS WITS AQAINST HIS OLD ANTAGONIST, “ERNST STAVROS BLOFELD”, PLAYED BY AMERICAN TELLY SAVALAS, AND BEING INSPIRED TO HIS SUPERHUMAN EFFORTS WITH THE HELP OF A DOZEN BEAUTIFUL GIRLS.

THE FILM MARKS THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF AUSTRALIAN GEORGE LAZENBY IN THE ROLE OF AGENT 007, PLAYED IN THE PREVIOUS FIVE SALTZMAN-BROCCOLI “JAMES BOND” FILMS BY THE BRITISH ACTOR, SEAN CONNERY. THE CAST WILL SPEND TWO MONTHS ON LOCATION IN SWITZERLAND, WITH FURTHER LOCATION SETS IN PORTUGAL AND LONDON. "On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceOn Her Majesty” — OR “OHMSS” FOR SHORT -- WAS THE FLEMING NOVEL IN WHICH "AGENT 007” MARRIES “TRACY", PLAYED IN THE FILM BY DIANA RIGG OF BRITAIN.

FILMING ON THE SHILTHORN MARKS THE COMPLETION OF MONTHS OF CO-OPERATION AND PREPARATION BY THE SWISS AUTHORITIES AND THE PRODUCTION TEAM. SOME OF MOST C0L0URFUL SCENES IN THE FILM ARE BEING SHOT IN THE ”PIZ GLORIA”, A LUXURIOUS RESTAURANT BUILT ATOP THE SHILTHORN SUMMIT AND OFFERING A BREATHTAKING ALPINE PANORAMA INCLUDING THE EIGER. THE STORY CONCERNS 007'S CONTINUING BATTLE WITH SpectreSpectre, THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANISATION LEDBY "BLOFELD".

THE PRINCIPAL VILLAINESS OF "OHMSS”, "IRMA BUNT”, IS PLAYED BY WEST GERMAN ACTRESS ILSE STEPPAT, PLAYING HER FIRST INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING ROLE AFTER A 34-YEAR ACTING CAREER. YET ANOTHER VILLAIN IS "MARC DRACO", B0SS 0F THE "UNION CORSE, ONE OF EUROPE’S BIGGEST CRIME SYNDICATES" AND FATHER OF TRACY IN THE FILM, GABRIELE FERZETTI OF ITALY.

PETER HUNT, THE DIRECTOR, ALSO DIRECTED THE OTHER FIVE "JAMES BOND” FILMS AND HAS BEEN LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR HIGHLY-POPULAR STYLE AND PACE.

COMMENTARY FOR PROD NO. 12325/68 (NATURAL SOUND)

SWITZERLAND: FILMING OF JAMES BOND EPIC "ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE" IN PROGRESS IN THE SWISS ALPS

SHOT LIST:

LS [LONG SHOT] PANORAMA ”PIZ GLORIA” RESTAURANT ATOP OF SHILTHORN PEAK

MS [MEDIUM SHOT] RESTAURANT CU [CLOSE UP] NAME ”PIZ GLORIA”

MS ACTORS RESTING (NAT SOF FROM HERE TO END) (MCS DIRECTOR PETER HUNT EXPLAINING SHOOTING PLANS TO CAMERAMAN AND OTHERS 

CS GABRIEL FERZETTI TALKING TO ANOTHER ACTOR.

COMMENTARY:

SOME TEN-THOUSAND FEET UP THE SHILTHORN, IN THE SWISS ALPS, "JAMES BOND — BRITISH SECRET SERVICE AGENT 007”, GOES INTO ACTION AGAIN FOR WORLD FILM — AND JAMES BOND — ENTHUSIASTS. FILMING OF THE LATEST JAMES BOND EPIC ”0N HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE" IS WELL UNDER WAY ON LOCATION. HERE, THE DIRECTOR, PETER HUNT, BRIEFS PRODUCTION CREW ON HIS SIXTH BOND FILM FROM IAN FLEMING'S NOVELS. IT’S IN THIS FILM THAT THE WOMANISING BOND FINALLY GETS ENSNARED IN MATRIMONY. AMONG THE VILLAINS, GABRIEL FERZETTI PLAYS THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE.

BRING UP NATURAL SOUND AND FADE UNDER ON CUE.

SHOT LIST:

CU GEORGE LAZENBY BOND) TALKING TO A FRIEND.

CU DIANA RIGG 

CU ILSA STEPPAT AND PETER HUNT CHATTING.

CU TELLY SAVALAS CHATTING.

MLS RESTAURANT 

CU PETER HUNT ABOUT TO DIRECT SCENE.

MS SCENES FROM FILM UNDER DIRECTION OF HUNT (INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF RESTAURANT) GV VILLAGE

MV SCENE FROM FILM - ACTION IN COWSHED.

COMMENTARY:

AUSTRALIAN GEORGE LAZENBY MAKES HIS FIRST APPEARANCE AS THE VERY BRITISH JAMES BOND. DIANA RIGG PLAYS "TRACY”, WHO MARRIES BOND, AND WEST GERMANY'S ILSA STEPPAT, HERE WITH THE DIRECTOR, IS ”IRMA BUNT” THE PRINCIPAL VILLAINESS. JAMES BOND'S OLD ANTAGONIST, ”ERNST STAVROS BL0FELD” -- HEAD OF THE CRIME ORGANISATION "SpectreSpectre IS PLAYED BY TELLY SAVALAS, AN AMERICAN. 

HERE'S A RED-BLOODED — MOST OF IT SPILLED — SCENE FROM THE FILMING.

BRING UP NATURAL SOUND AND FADE UNDER ON CUE.

SHOT LIST:

LV NORTH FACE OF THE EIGER

SV GEORGE LAZENBY & CO-STAR DIANA RIGG TAKING COACH RIDE.

CU RIGG AND LAZENBY IN COACH.

CU NUMBER "007" ON COACH BACK - COACH AWAY FROM CAMERA

COMMENTARY:

THE FAMOUS EIGER -- ALONG WITH NUMEROUS BEAUTIFUL GIRLS -- PROVIDES A DAZZLING BACKGROUND TO ”On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceOn Her Majesty”. BUT DOUBLE-0-SEVEN ONLY HAS EYES FOR MRS. DOUBLE-O-SEVEN. IN THIS SCENE, ANYWAY.

BRING UP NATURAL SOUND AND FADE UNDER ON CUE.

ENDS

A.B.C TELEVISION NEWSREEL.

16.12.68

JAMES BOND FILM.....

OL 3246  VISNEWS.

GLENISTER: KNIGHT: MJ

ON FIRST WORD: 

A FICTIOUS, BUT ALMOST LEGENDARY FIGURE, SECRET AGENT 007 JAMES BOND IS BACK IN ACTION. THIS TIME IN THE SWISS ALPS, AND HE IS On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceOn Her Majesty.

CU BOND: AFTER PEOPLE SITTING

GEORGE LAZENBY, AN AUSTRALIAN, PLAYS BOND WITH CO-STAR DIANA RIGG OF "AVENGERS" FAME. THE ARCH VILLAIN IS TELLY SAVALAS, ALIAS ERNST STAVRO BLOFELD WHO HAS CLASHED WITH BOND ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS, THOUGH ALWAYS WITHOUT SUCCESS.

THREE BODS: ROUND HOUSE

FOR THE DIRECTOR, PETER HUNT, RIGHT, IT'S HIS SIXTH BOND FILM AND ON THIS OCCASION BOND FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH -- HE GETS MARRIED. BUT BEFORE HE DOES, THERE IS PLENTY OF RED BLOODED ACTION.

CART SCENES:

IT MAY NOT BE THE FAMOUS ASTON MARTIN WITH CONCEALED MACHINE-GUNS, BUT IT STILL BEARS THE FAMOUS BOND TRADEMARK. 

LENGTH 54 FEET

There are a few factual errors here, of course: Peter Hunt did not direct the first five James Bond films, but he did Edit Dr. NoDr. No, From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love and GoldfingerGoldfinger, which would make him partly "responsible for their highly-popular style and pace." The second page is the full commentary, presumably written by the marketing department at EON, all laid out with instructions on when to lower and restore the natural on set sound. All it needed was the local reporter to record the voice over and make it their own. The third page is the abridged commentary, that the TV studio actually used during their broadcast.

A huge "Thank you" to the folks at 007 on Home Video for sharing this clip, and it's history with us, and allowing us to share it with you.

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