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Tracy Bond
Character from the James Bond franchise
Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo by Diana Rigg.jpg
Occupation Countess
Relatives Father: Marc-Ange Draco
Mother: Unnamed (deceased)
Husband: James Bond
Ex-husband: Count Giulio di Vicenzo (deceased)
Daughter: Unnamed (deceased)
Portrayed by Diana Rigg

Teresa "Tracy" Bond (born Teresa "Tracy" Draco, and also known as the Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo) is a fictional character in the James Bond film and novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service (OHMSS). She is the secondBond girl to officially marry secret agent Commander James Bond (first being Kissy Suzuki Bond), though Bond would later marry again (though the second marriage was invalid) in John Gardner's Scorpius. In the film version of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Tracy was played by actress Diana Rigg.

Biography

Born Teresa Draco in 1943, she is the child of Marc-Ange Draco, the head of "The Union Corse", a powerful international Mafia 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, "Teresa is a saint; I'm known as Tracy.")

Teresa was the only daughter of Marc-Ange Draco and his English-born wife, who had met him while he was hiding out from the authorities in Corsica. Tracy's mother died in 1955 when she was only 12; 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.

Mr. and Mrs. Bond.

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

When her father met Bond, he pleaded with Bond to continue to see her, claiming that their relationship had changed her for the better. Bond initially refused, but he changed his mind when Marc-Ange offered his resources for anything Bond desired. 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 was able to track Blofeld to Switzerland. In return, Bond continued to see Tracy and eventually fell in love with her. They married, but Tracy was murdered just hours after the wedding in a drive-by shooting.

In the novel, Blofeld fires an automatic weapon from his car killing Tracy, who is at the wheel of her Lancia Aurelia, with Bond in the passenger seat. In the film, Bond and Tracy leave their wedding in his Aston Martin DBS and stop to remove flowers from the car. A Mercedes 600 drives past with Blofeld at the wheel, and Irma Bunt in the back. She fires the gun which kills Tracy, who is shot through the Aston Martin's windscreen, but missing Bond. She was the first and so far, only, Bond girl to ever marry James Bond (Kissy Suzuki and Anya Amasova have otherwise posed as his wives), as well as being one of the only Bond girls (along with Vesper Lynd) with whom it was strongly suggested that Bond was actually in love.

It was not the first time that Tracy or Bond had been targeted by Blofeld. A while earlier, Blofeld, Bunt and two others gave pursuit to them in Tracy's Mercury Cougar in the Alps, only for Tracy to lead them into a stock car race where she managed to shake them off and cause Blofeld's car to overturn, crash and catch fire. Blofeld, Bunt and another person managed to climb clear of the wreckage, although one of their accomplices was presumably killed by an explosion as he crawled from the wreckage.

Legacy

In the novel chronology, Bond finds himself a broken man after Tracy's death. He begins drinking heavily, is compromised in his abilities as an agent and M is forced to aknowledge 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 You Only Live Twice and Bond is finally awarded his revenge but in the aftermath is left with amnesia.

In the film chronology, James Bond ( in Diamonds Are Forever) is tracking Blofeld in the pre-title credits sequence, but it is only assumed Bond is doing so to avenge Tracy's murder, as she is never mentioned. 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. This was rendered inviable, as it would have meant either having two actors play Bond in Diamonds Are Forever or re-filming Tracy's death scene with the new actor as Bond, so the scenes were added to the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service.[citation needed]

Subsequent films refer the fact that Bond was previously married, but only vaguely:

  • In The Spy Who Loved Me, when Bond meets Anya Amasova in the Mujaba Club bar, in Cairo, Egypt, she recites a few facts about his life, including that he had been married only once and that his wife was killed. Bond's eyes briefly glaze over and he then quickly changes the subject; Anya recognizes and comments upon Bond's unexpected sensitivity regarding his marriage.
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-titles sequence, Bond lays flowers at Tracy's grave (in an English churchyard) before boarding a helicopter which Blofeld has booby-trapped. It is in this sequence that Bond ultimately avenges his wife's murder, by lifting an uncredited Blofeld's wheelchair with one of the helicopter's skids and eventually dropping him (wheelchair and all) down a tall industrial chimney. 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 OHMSS and the Louis Armstrong song.
  • In Licence to Kill, after Felix Leiter's wedding, Felix's new wife Della throws her garter at Bond, teasing him, "the one who catches this is the next one to...!" 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, villain Alec Trevelyan asks Bond if all of his vodka martinis ever silenced the screams of the men he killed, and subsequently, "or did you find forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women, for all the dead ones you failed to protect?" Bond is obviously upset by Trevelyan's pointed question.
  • In The World is Not Enough, when Bond meets Elektra King at the construction site for the King Pipeline, she asks Bond "Tell me...Have you ever lost a loved one, Mr. Bond?", making a brief reference to the fact that she just lost her father (who was killed in the bomb's explosion at MI-6 headquarters). Bond again appears visibly pained, and changes the subject quickly.







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