London, South Kensington
14 February 2001
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1969
A 20th Century Swiss carved wood model of a boar standing on a rocky outcrop -- 12¼in. (31cm.) high -- purchased to represent the boar on the crest of the Coat of Arms of the Bleuchamp family, the title claimed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the 1969 United Artists/Eon film On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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BENSON, Raymond The James Bond Bedside Companion, London: Boxtree, 1988, pp.198-199
DOUGALL, Alastair & STEWART, Roger James Bond, The Secret World of 007, London: Dorling Kindersley, 2000, pp.50-53
This boar can be seen in the main reception area of Ernst Stavro Blofeld's mountain lair Piz Gloria. It resides on the desk in front of a large carved wall relief of the Coat of Arms of the ancient Bleuchamp family, which has a boar on a mountain peak as it's crest.
In the film Blofeld's [Telly Savalas] dubious claim to title of Count de Bleuchamp, gives James Bond [George Lazenby] the pretext he needs to enter the villain's secret mountain top power base in the guise of Sir Hilary Bray, an employee of the College of Arms in London, visiting Piz Gloria ostensibly to trace Blofeld's family tree. The arch villain's evil plan is also linked to his claim to the title, as Raymond Benson writes: ..Blofeld plans to launch biological warfare...by hypnotizing ten beautiful girls (supposedly allergy victims) and ordering them to do his bidding. The girls will go out into the land and poison livestock and crops. Blofeld's demands for stopping the virus attack are complete amnesty from all governments with a price on his head, and recoginition of his title of Count..
Syd Cain designed the Coat of Arms in the film and the wooden boar in this lot was purchased due to its similarity to the boar on the crest which it was used to represent.
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