Sir Hilary Bray is a fictional genealogist employed by the London College of Arms. He appears in EON Productions' 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, portrayed by George Baker and was based on a literary character of the same name from the 1963 Ian Fleming novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Film biography

In the film adaptation of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sir Hilary Bray is a genealogist, effectively replacing the character of Sable Basilisk in Ian Fleming's 1963 novel. He appears briefly when James Bond attempts to find Ernst Blofeld. With a connection between Blofeld and Bray, Bond is sent to talk with Bray and attempt to find Blofeld. Sir Hilary Bray only agrees because the matter is of national importance. Bond then plans to disguise himself as Sir Hilary Bray, which is a good portion of the film. Sir Hilary Bray goes on holiday while Bond takes his identity to fool Blofeld.

Behind the scenes

Director Peter Hunt's neighbour George Baker was offered the part of Sir Hilary Bray. Baker had appeared previously as an (uncredited) NASA engineer in 1967's You Only Live Twice and would go on to portray Captain Benson, the James Bond ally in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me.[1] Author Ian Fleming considered Baker to be the ideal candidate to play James Bond in the films but the role went to Sean Connery because Baker had other commitments to a rival studio.[1] In addition to playing Sir Hilary Bray, Baker dubbed George Lazenby's voice for the central segment of the film, where Bond is impersonating the genealogist, as Hunt considered Lazenby's imitation not convincing enough.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Collin, Robbie (9 October 2011). "George Baker: the man who might have been James Bond". London: The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved on 9 October 2011.
  2. On Her Majesty's Secret Service audio commentary. On Her Majesty's Secret Service Ultimate Edition, Disc 1: MGM Home Entertainment. Retrieved on 6 November 2008.

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