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James Bond comes face to face with Blofeld in "You Only Live Twice" when he infiltrates his base in the volcano. Bond was played by Sean Connery and Blofeld was played by Donald Pleasence.

In the next film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", Bond (played by George Lazenby) meets Blofeld while posing as Sir Hillary. However, Blofeld doesn't recognise him.

Why doesn't he recognise him?

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The order of the movies is reversed:


The IMDb FAQ explains:

... screenwriter Richard Maibaum stuck very closely to the original story when writing the screenplay for On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Bond and Blofeld had not yet met at that point.

Roald Dahl, the screenwriter for You Only Live Twice ... made major changes in his screenplay and added a scene where Bond and Blofeld meet.


So the reason why Blofeld doesn't recognize Bond in the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service is because the screenwriter was more faithful to the original story. And that story preceeds You Only Live Twice.

The screenwriter for You Only Live Twice however wasn't so faithful to story in the novel.

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As a side note, I heard for their first change of actors in the bond movie franchise the writers at first wanted to come up with some plastic surgery explanation for this change (which could also have helped explain Blofeld's ignorance). But this idea was then just dropped and the difference of actors just ignored (it could have got difficult in the future to come up with such continuity things, anyway). –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 27 '12 at 15:19
    
Wow! Roald Dahl was Screenwriter for "You Only Live Twice"?! As in famous children's writer Dahl? I had no idea, +1 for sharing that fact alone. –  Cage Oct 29 '12 at 11:06
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In the Special Features for "You Only Live Twice" in the Bond 50 collection they showed the original end credits for "Thunderball" that said "James Bond will return in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and they explained that they would have had to delay shooting on the next Bond film because of all the snow scenes for OHMSS so they shot "You Only Live Twice" first.

I wonder what OHMSS would have been like with Connery instead of Lazenby?

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Given the little continuity between the films, it could be argued that the films do not take place in the order they are filmed. But in the order of the books. It would make more sense that way.

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