Tracy Bond

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Tracy Bond
James Bond character
Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo by Diana Rigg.jpg
Diana Rigg as Tracy
First appearanceNovel:
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Film:
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Created byIan Fleming
Portrayed byDiana Rigg
Voiced byNicola Walker
In-universe information
Full nameTeresa Draco di Vicenzo
AliasContessa Teresa di Vicenzo
GenderFemale
OccupationCountess
SpouseJames Bond (husband)
Count Giulio di Vicenzo (former husband)
ChildrenUnnamed daughter
RelativesMarc-Ange Draco (father)
ClassificationBond girl

Teresa "Tracy" Bond (born Teresa "Tracy" Draco, and also known as the Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo) is a fictional character and the main Bond girl in the 1963 James Bond novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and its 1969 film adaptation. She is the second Bond girl to marry 007, the first being in You Only Live Twice as an undercover ploy. In the film version, Tracy is played by actress Diana Rigg.

Biography[edit]

Born Teresa Draco in 1943 (1937 in the novel), she is the only child of Marc-Ange Draco, the head of the Unione Corse, a powerful Corsican crime syndicate — not quite as large as SPECTRE, but with substantially larger "legal" operations, including Draco Construction. Teresa goes by "Tracy", because she feels "Teresa" does not suit her. As she introduced herself to Bond, she stated, "Teresa is a saint; I'm known as Tracy".

Tracy's mother died in 1955; her father then sent her to a boarding school in Switzerland. Deprived of a stable home life, Tracy joined the "international fast set", committing "one scandal after another"; when Draco cut off her allowance, Tracy committed "a greater folly" out of spite. She later married Italian Count Giulio di Vicenzo who, during their marriage, got hold of a large portion of her money before eventually leaving her; he subsequently died while driving a Maserati in the company of one of his mistresses. During this marriage, Tracy had a child, who later died of spinal meningitis.

Diana Rigg and George Lazenby as the newlywed Bonds in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

Desperate with grief for her child, Tracy attempted suicide by walking into the sea in Portugal, only to be saved by James Bond.[1]

When her father meets Bond, he pleads with Bond to continue to see her, claiming that their relationship had changed her for the better. Bond initially refuses, but he changes his mind when Marc-Ange offers his resources for anything Bond desires. Since the events of Thunderball and the demise of SPECTRE, Bond had been hunting for Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and at one point was willing to retire from MI6 because he felt the hunt was folly and that his services and abilities could be used better. Using Draco's resources, however, Bond is able to track Blofeld to Switzerland. In return, Bond continues to see Tracy and eventually falls in love with her. Tragedy strikes on their wedding day, however, when Blofeld and his henchwoman Irma Bunt shoot at Bond and Tracy in a drive-by shooting. Tracy is shot in the head and killed.

In the film, Tracy drives a red 1969 model Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible.[2]

Legacy[edit]

In Fleming's novels, Bond is a broken man after Tracy's death. In You Only Live Twice, he has begun drinking heavily, which has affected his work; M is forced to acknowledge that he is no longer fit for service. However he decides to give Bond one last chance and assigns him to an intelligence-related diplomatic affair in Japan. This in turn leads to a duel to the death with Blofeld in the climax of the novel, and Bond is finally awarded his revenge. In the aftermath, however, he is left with amnesia.

In the films, James Bond is tracking Blofeld in the pre-title credits sequence of Diamonds Are Forever. The film does not explain why nor does it mention Tracy. Originally, it had been planned that On Her Majesty's Secret Service would end with Bond and Tracy driving away from their wedding. The scenes where she was shot were filmed at the same time with the intention that they would form the pre-title sequence of Diamonds Are Forever. As a result of George Lazenby leaving the role, these scenes were not used.

Subsequent films reference the fact that Bond was previously married, but only fleetingly:

  • In Live and Let Die, upon Bond's arrival in San Monique, he's informed by the concierge of the hotel he's staying at that "Mrs. Bond" is already there. He's startled at first, but goes along with it and when he meets the woman in question, CIA agent Rosie Carver, he jokingly calls her Mrs. Bond several times.
  • In The Spy Who Loved Me, when Bond meets Anya Amasova in the Mujaba Club bar, in Cairo, she summarises his career and personal life to him. When she notes, "... many lady friends, but married only once. Wife killed —", Bond cuts her short by saying, "Alright, you've made your point". Anya comments that he's sensitive. Bond replies, "About certain things, yes".
The tombstone of James Bond's wife, Teresa, which Bond visits in For Your Eyes Only. Shown at a James Bond convention in 1992.
  • In For Your Eyes Only, in the pre-title sequence, Bond lays flowers at Tracy's grave in an English churchyard before boarding a helicopter. An uncredited man in a wheelchair who strokes a white cat (implied to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld) has booby-trapped the helicopter. Bond lifts the man's wheelchair with one of the helicopter's skids and drops him — wheelchair and all — down a tall industrial smokestack. The headstone clearly reads: "TERESA BOND, 1943–1969, Beloved Wife of JAMES BOND / We have all the time in the World" — referring to the final words in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which became that movie's theme song. The headstone shows Tracy died in 1969, the same year On Her Majesty's Secret Service was released.
  • In Licence to Kill, after Felix Leiter's wedding, Felix's new wife Della throws her garter at Bond, teasing him, "the next one who catches this is the next one who ..." Bond looks visibly pained; when Della asks Felix about it, Felix makes a short, sad reference to Bond once having been married, "but that was a long time ago."
  • In GoldenEye, Alec Trevelyan goads Bond, "I might as well ask you if all those vodka martinis ever silence the screams of all the men you've killed ... or if you find forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women for all the dead ones you failed to protect."
  • In The World Is Not Enough, Elektra King asks Bond if he's "ever lost a loved one." Bond pauses and brushes off the question.

Movie props[edit]

Tracy's wedding dress is now kept at the Admiral Hotel in Milan, along with a big collection of James Bond and Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang items.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MI6 :: The Home Of James Bond 007". 15 January 2006. Archived from the original on 15 January 2006.
  2. ^ "1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1969"". IMCDb.org. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
Preceded by
Kissy Suzuki
Bond girl (main sidekick)
1969
Succeeded by
Tiffany Case