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Sir Hilary Bray is a fictional British nobleman and friend of genealogist Sable Basilisk from the London College of Arms. A minor unseen character, he appears in the 1963 Ian Fleming novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service and was subsequently adapted for EON Productions' 1969 James Bond film of the same name.

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In the 1963 novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sir Hilary Bray is a friend of genealogist Sable Basilisk from the London College of Arms. Unlike the later film adaptation, the character is never seen, living in 'some remote glen' in the Highlands of Scotland. With a passing physical resemblance to Bond, a prestigious lineage and a relatively low profile, the spy concocts a plan to adopt the identity of Bray and trick Blofeld into leaving the safety of Switzerland. Once he crosses the border a kidnapping can be arranged. M reluctantly agrees to the scheme and Bond proceeds to adopt the man's identity with his consent.

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