Diana Rigg – On Her Majesty Secret Service

Tracy: Why do you persist in rescuing me, Mr. Bond?
James Bond: It’s becoming quite a habit, isn’t it, Contessa Teresa?
Tracy: Teresa was a Saint; I’m known as Tracy.
James Bond: Well, Tracy, next time play it safe and stand on 5.
Tracy: People who want to stay *alive* play it safe.
James Bond: Please, stay alive! At least for tonight.

Rigg spent many years of her childhood in Bikaner, India, where her father was employed as a railroad executive. To date she still speaks fluent Hindi. She got her start when she went straight from high school to the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she made her professional debut at the age of 19. Diana Rigg has made a career out of playing troublesome characters. She is particularly known for her role in the British 1960s television series “The Avengers”, where she played the secret agent Mrs. Emma Peel for 51 episodes between 1965–68.

In one understandably beloved episode, “A Touch of Brimstone”, Rigg was disguised as “The Queen of Sin”, to infiltrate the Hellfire Club, a clandestine group determined to topple governments through practical jokes. She wore an extremely tight Edwardian-style corset, high heeled leather boots, and a three-inch spiked collar. According to legend, that memorable outfit was not provided by the program’s wardrobe department, but instead came from Ms Rigg’s own closet. Rigg tried out for the role of Emma Peel on a whim, without ever having seen the program.
On the big screen she became a Bond girl in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969), playing Tracy Bond, James Bond’s only wife.
Because of her work in multiple charities, Rigg was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1988 and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1994.

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