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Director:
Writers:
Simon Raven (additional dialogue)
Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 December 1969 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
James Bond 007 is back! See more »
Plot:
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Lazenby ... James Bond

Diana Rigg ... Tracy

Telly Savalas ... Blofeld

Gabriele Ferzetti ... Draco
Ilse Steppat ... Irma Bunt

Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny

George Baker ... Sir Hilary Bray

Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Bernard Horsfall ... Campbell

Desmond Llewelyn ... 'Q'
Yuri Borienko ... Grunther
Virginia North ... Olympe
Geoffrey Cheshire ... Toussaint
Irvin Allen ... Che Che
Terence Mountain ... Raphael (as Terry Mountain)
John Gay ... Hammond
James Bree ... Gebrüder Gumbold
Angela Scoular ... Ruby

Catherine Schell ... Nancy (as Catherina Von Schell)
Julie Ege ... The Scandinavian Girl
Mona Chong ... The Chinese Girl
Sylvana Henriques ... The Jamaican Girl
Sally Sheridan ... The American Girl (as Dani Sheridan)

Joanna Lumley ... The English Girl
Zaheera ... The Indian Girl (as Zara)
Anouska Hempel ... The Australian Girl (as Anoushka Hempel)
Ingrid Back ... The German Girl (as Ingrit Back)
Helena Ronee ... The Israeli Girl
Jenny Hanley ... The Irish Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Ammon ... Piz Gloria Guard (uncredited)
David Brandon ... Piz Gloria Guard (uncredited)
George Cooper ... Waiter (uncredited)
Leslie Crawford ... Waiter (uncredited)
John Crewdson ... Draco's Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
David de Keyser ... Draco (voice) (uncredited)
Takis Emmanuel ... Kleff (uncredited)

Judy Geeson ... Allergy Patient Piz Gloria (uncredited)
Thomas Gould ... Blofeld's Man (uncredited)
Richard Graydon ... Draco's Driver (uncredited)
Brian Grellis ... Aide to Sir Hilary Bray (uncredited)
Reg Harding ... Waiter (uncredited)
Peter R. Hunt ... Man Reflected in Universal Export Sign (uncredited)
Dudley Jones ... Hall Porter (uncredited)
George Leech ... Strangled SPECTRE Skier (uncredited)
Martin Leyden ... Chef de Jeu Hussier (uncredited)

Bessie Love ... American Guest (uncredited)
Norman McGlen ... Janitor (uncredited)
Bill Morgan ... Kleff, Draco's Man (uncredited)
Willy Oehrli ... Piz Gloria Guard (uncredited)
Steve Plytas ... Greek Tycoon (uncredited)
Lenny Rabin ... Casino Guest (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Casino Baccarat Official (uncredited)
Guerra Rugosto ... Waiter (uncredited)
Andreas Schlunegger ... Piz Gloria Guard (uncredited)
Hans Schlunegger ... Piz Gloria Guard (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... American Guest (uncredited)
Salli Tomaso ... Waiter (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Joseph Vasa ... Piz Gloria Receptionist (uncredited)
Rudi Wehren ... Piz Gloria Guard (uncredited)
Brian Worth ... Manuel (uncredited)
Bruno Zryd ... Piz Gloria Guard (uncredited)
Stefan Zürcher ... Piz Gloria Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter R. Hunt  (as Peter Hunt)
 
Writing credits
Simon Raven (additional dialogue)

Richard Maibaum (screenplay)

Ian Fleming  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Albert R. Broccoli .... producer
Harry Saltzman .... producer
Stanley Sopel .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Reed (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Glen 
 
Production Design by
Syd Cain 
 
Art Direction by
Robert W. Laing  (as Bob Laing)
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Lamont 
 
Costume Design by
Marjory Cornelius 
 
Makeup Department
Basil Newall .... makeup artist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Eileen Warwick .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
David Middlemas .... production supervisor
Hubert Fröhlich .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ernst .... assistant director
John Glen .... second unit director
Anthony Squire .... stock car sequence director
 
Art Department
Terry Ackland-Snow .... draftsman (uncredited)
Maurice Cain .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Chisholm .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Harry Miller .... dubbing editor
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Nicholas Stevenson .... dubbing editor
Maurice Askew .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Patrick L. Almanza .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration) (as Patrick Almanza)
Shawn Evertsen .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Alfonso Guerrero Jr. .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Stephanie Middler .... project manager: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Daniel Ortiz .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Alan Silvers .... producer: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration)
Cliff Culley .... matte artist (uncredited)
Roy Field .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
George Leech .... stunt arranger
Gillian Aldam .... stunts (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... ski double: Bond (uncredited)
David Brandon .... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper .... stunts: Bunt henchman (uncredited)
Bill Cummings .... stunts (uncredited)
John Eaves .... stunt skier (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon .... stunts (uncredited)
John Gallant .... stunts (uncredited)
Erich Glavitza .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunt double: George Lazenby (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunts (uncredited)
Heinz Lau .... bobsleigh stunt double: Bond (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Luki Leitner .... stunt double: George Lazenby (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunt double: Blofeld (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Smart .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Stacey .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Street .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... stunt double: George Lazenby (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Zimmerman .... bobsleigh stunt double: Blofeld (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Barbey .... ski cameraman
Willy Bogner .... ski cameraman (as Willy Bogner Jnr.)
Roy Ford .... second unit cameraman
John Jordan .... aerial cameraman
Alec Mills .... camera operator
Egil S. Woxholt .... second unit cameraman (as Egil Woxholt)
Adrian Biddle .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Martin Body .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ron Drinkwater .... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Paul Howarth .... 4K film scanning: Lowry Digital Images (2006 restoration)
Joe Parisella .... colorist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (2006 restoration) (as Joseph Parisella)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
John Barry .... music arranger
Hal David .... lyricist
Monty Norman .... composer: The James Bond theme
Sidney Margo .... music contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Erich Glavitza .... rally driver and consultant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... main title designed by
Albert R. Broccoli .... presenter
Joan Davis .... continuity
Harry Saltzman .... presenter
John Crewdson .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
142 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1978) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1969) | Iceland:12 | India:U/A | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/18 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2000) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1995) (2000) | USA:M (original rating) (Approved No. 22153) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1994) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first line of the Ian Fleming "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" James Bond novel: "It was one of those Septembers when it seemed that the summer would never end." The last line: "The young patrolman took a last scared look at the motionless couple, hurried over to his motor cycle, picked up the hand-microphone, and began talking urgently to the rescue headquarters".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Bond is talking to Tracy at the beginning in the casino restaurant, Tracy is resting her chin on her hand. When she says, "People who want to stay alive play it safe," she lowers her hand and leans forward. The shot changes and she is resting her chin on her hand again without having time to return to that position.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Q:I've been saying for years, sir, that our special equipment is obsolete. And now, computer analysis reveals an entirely new approach: miniaturization. For instance, radioactive lint. When placed in an opponent's pockets, the anti-personnel and location fix seems fairly obvious.
M:What we want is a location fix on 007.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Everything or Nothing (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
007 ThemeSee more »

FAQ

Is there a deleted scene in which Bond chases a man across London? It's not on the DVD.
Was that really supposed to be the Bond family coat-of-arms?
Is SPECTRE involved in this movie?
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116 out of 159 people found the following review useful.
Best (and the ONLY) James Bond film ever, 29 November 2002

Once, at the library, I had a flashback of something my history teacher once told me. "Without Soviet Union, we wouldn't have had a lot of things." Then, someone mentioned, accurately, that Bond films owe their existence to the hammer and the sickle. Then he said, "Pooh, the Bond FILMS! Read the BOOKS. They're good stuff. The films are just bunch of women and gadgets." So I went to look for Ian Fleming, and the title that caught my eye was On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which is recognized as one of the best books in the series. I started reading the book. I was surprised at how slow pace and dark it was, and how Bond wasn't this confident, suave character who always knows what to do. Sean Connery is not, I repeat, not, Ian Fleming's James Bond. Of course, he is the best film version of James Bond, but he is too good a suave character to be Bond. I can't imagine a superspy who'd say "Yeesss" as Connery does.

I must say, more than anyone, George Lazenby is the James Bond of Ian Fleming's novels. He is like Bond in the books, trying to be smooth but always somewhat unsure. He has a command of the screen, that he isn't afraid to tell you he's there. The biggest gripe I have about Pierce Brosnan is how he sometimes doesn't get a grip of things on set and his somewhat higher, softer voice (and also how he pumps endless rounds of automatic fire upon enemies who have a propensity for getting hit while he himself has to be missed by endless rounds of enemy fire). Lazenby has a voice that I imagine Bond would certainly have. I certainly don't think he was a bad Bond. I think he WAS Bond. The other four actors have played their versions of Bond, but Lazenby is the only believable, human, imperfect James Bond. And his lines aren't that bad, come on. The only poorly delivered line was, "He had lots of guts." I think he should have delivered that with a bit more Connery, but that's a minor detail.

The stunts are great and so is the scenery, and the only bad cinematics are in the ski scenes when they show closeups from the front. They look very fake, but that must be forgiven for 1969 when it was made. They did not have Handicams and they certainly did not have Photoshop to blend projected images as well as we can nowadays. But they certainly do not distract the excitement from some of the best snow scenes in 007 films. The ski chases which became trademark of James Bond started here. It's funny how in the book, Bond is very worried about skiing, since he's rusty from not having skied for a long time. The sled chase is excellent also.

OHMSS is the only film where Bond drinks beer and gets married. Which brings me up to the next point, that Diana Riggs as Tracy Draco (later Bond) happens to be perhaps the best Bond girl ever. Without doubt, she is full of excitement and danger, not afraid to strap on a couple of skis amid gunfire and avalanche. Certainly not a certain Natalya Simonova. She is Bond's identical counterpart, experienced but having gotten nothing out of relationships, and quite a driver also. She's the only Bond girl to really connect with the audience, to make herself more important in comparison to Bond, but that's part of the excellent novel on which the movie is based. Whatever happens to her touches the audience more than whatever happens to Bond (who, as we all know, will always somehow make it). Her surprise appearance at the Christmas celebration brightens up everything in an instant, and the ending is probably the only genuinely sad scene in all 20 of the Bond films.

The opening scene is great in terms of action, but I found it rather disappointing that for no apparent reason, baddies want to kill Bond. The book does it a lot better, and it wouldn't have been much more difficult to do what the book did, although that would not have provided the proper material to introduce the new Bond with the immortal, "This never happened to the other fellow." See, how it is told in the novel is he spies on Tracy as she tries to drown herself, and by this time Bond knows her. He is spied on by Draco's men who take him in, and the rest of the story is told in flashback, with a car chase leading up to the casino scene and rendezvous, without all this fighting mysterious bad guys in between. But I thought the opening sequence was quite good, even with the change-up. It's just, with what proof does Bond try to rescue Tracy? She could have been just going out for a swim. It makes much more sense when he has already met Tracy. Yet some of the additions to the movie are good, such as having Tracy with Blofeld when SPECTRE headquarters is attacked. It makes it that much more personal.

This is my first review on IMDB, and OHMSS gets a well-deserved 10 out of 10. Bond in kilts, hypnosis, world domination, and Blofeld's cat combine to make it a worthy experience. Lazenby was not the best Bond, but perhaps the only real Bond. OHMSS is easily the best Bond film, and dare I say, the ONLY Bond film.

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