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cover: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (007)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (007)

Director(s): Peter Hunt

Theatrical Release: 1969

Cast: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Ilse Steppat, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lois Maxwell

Genre(s): Action, spy, James Bond, romance

Countries: United Kingdom

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(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 142m.

It wasn't as well received at the box office as the pictures that preceded it or followed it, but Peter Hunt's On Her Majesty's Secret Service was the finest of the James Bond movies and also arguably the last truly great movie in the series. James Bond, portrayed here by George Lazenby (in his only performance in the role) has spent nearly two years trying to track down Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas), the head of SPECTRE. He has been taken off the case by his chief (Bernard Lee), an action the pushes him to the point of considering resigning from Her Majesty's Secret Service, just as he opens a possible new avenue of attack on his quarry. Whilst in the field, Bond has chanced to cross paths with the Contessa Teresa Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg), a beautiful but desperately unhappy woman, whom he rescues from one apparent suicide attempt and an embarrassing moment at a casino gaming table -- the Contessa, who prefers to be called Tracy ("Teresa was a saint"), is the daughter of Marc Ange Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti), an industrial and construction magnate and also a crime boss, who is impressed with Bond personally as well as professionally, and would like to see him marry his daughter. Bond is, at first, unwilling to involve himself with a woman -- any woman -- on that level, but Draco's underworld contacts give Bond a vital clue to Blofeld's whereabouts that get him back on the case and hot on the man's trail. Journeying incognito to Blofeld's mountaintop retreat in the Swiss Alps, Bond finds the criminal mastermind posing as a would-be nobleman and also as a philanthropist, running a clinic devoted to the treatment and eradication of allergies. It's all a front for a surprisingly sinister (and scientifically valid) plot for international blackmail that would make any previous Bond villain quake in fear. And in the process of staying alive long enough to have a chance of stopping Blofeld, Bond discovers the Tracy is truly like no woman he's ever known before -- one special enough that he finds himself willing to give up his life as a free-living, free-loving bachelor. (

Member Reviews

He had lots of guts. by antman - December 25, 2012
There were a few action scenes that were fun -- the first ski chase, the bobsled chase, and the escape through the stock car race -- but overall, I found OHMSS to be a subpar Bond flick. Apart from his costume and haircut, I simply can't champion Lazenby in the role of 007: he's awkward and clumsy and his Bond lacks the elegance and cleverness required of the role. I was bothered by the number of times he was easily startled e.g. when he turned around and recoiled when a flashbulb went off (granted, it was a man in a bear costume taking the photo, but still...).

The film's lighting and sound effects were too artificial, even for 1969, and all of the fight scenes were laughable at best -- just poor choreography, sound and choice of shots. As for the plot, I didn't even find it that enthralling. It's currently rated 6.8/10 on, so what do I know? I mean, I'm one of the few people I've spoken with who likes Roger Moore's Bond films.