LAUTERBRUNNEN

Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Swiss village that was the site of the humorous stock-car rally in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Screenwriter Richard Maibaum carried forward the festive mood of the earlier scenes set in nearby Grindelwald, where an escaping Bond (George Lazenby) is rescued by a resourceful Tracy (Diana Rigg), and created an auto rally on ice that is rudely interrupted when Tracy’s Mercury Cougar and the big, lumbering SPECTRE Mercedes come smashing onto the racecourse. The cars continue their game of cat and mouse to the astonishment of the crowd and the consternation of the rally drivers, whose little compacts are being smashed around like toys.

The rally was shot on an icy track in Lauterbrunnen, only two miles from the village of Mürren. There, director Peter Hunt assigned racing specialist Anthony Squire to choreograph the race, which featured a number of spectacular crashes—one involving the SPECTRE Mercedes, which overturns and explodes. Shooting began on Sunday, February 2, 1969, and continued until ten o’clock that night, when heavy snows began to fall. On Friday, February 7, George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, and Peter Hunt braved a blizzard at London Airport and left for Lauterbrunnen to do their close-ups in the race, with cameras mounted on the hood of Tracy’s Cougar.

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