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College of Arms

Saga James Bond
Movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service Peter Hunt (1969)
In the midst of his heraldic research, James Bond (George Lazenby) parks in the courtyard of the College of Arms and goes inside.
College of Arms London
College of Arms London. (Photo credit: Herry Lawford on Flickr)

“Have a look at this: arms of Sir Thomas Bond. Baronet of Peckham. Died in 1734. Argent on a chevron sable. Three bezants. Good motto, eh? “The world is not enough.”

Sir Hilary Bray (George Baker) to James Bond (George Lazenby)

At the birthday party of Marc-Ange Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti), Bond discovers that his most dangerous enemy, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) covets the title of Count of Bleuchamp.

In particular, he has an epistolary relationship with a certain Sir Hilary Bray (George Baker), a genealogist at the College of Arms in London.

James Bond decides to go there to learn all he can about heraldry in record time in order to reach Blofeld in Switzerland and confuse him.

In the same scene, Sir Hilary Bray presents James Bond with his family’s coat of arms from a certain Thomas Bond, whose motto was “The World is not Enough”. All these details are true except for the date of the nobleman’s death, which actually occurred in 1652. The motto was used for the title of the film in the saga released in 1999 with Pierce Brosnan as 007.

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Scene at the College of Arms in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Scene at the College of Arms in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. (Photo credit: EON Productions)
Scene at the College of Arms in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Scene at the College of Arms in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. (Photo credit: EON Productions)
Scene at the College of Arms in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Scene at the College of Arms in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. (Photo credit: EON Productions)

College of Arms

As the official heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of the Commonwealth, the College of Arms is responsible, among other things, for granting new coats of arms.

Founded in 1484, the purpose of the institution is to keep a detailed register of coats of arms, to grant new ones and to be an authority on all heraldic matters or matters of precedence in protocol in a large part of the British kingdom.

Since 1555, the College of Arms has been established on the same site. During the Great Fire of London in 1666, the original building was destroyed. A replacement building was quickly constructed.

When Queen Victoria Street was built, the south end of the property was remodeled and the building renovated to provide an entrance to the new lane.

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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