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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 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not perfect, but a realistic, classic Bond See more (427 total) »

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)
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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)
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 | 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:
In the original novel, the casino where Bond and Tracy play baccarat is in fact Casino Royale where Bond makes annual visits to the grave of Vesper Lynd nearby.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: While Grumbold waits for the elevator an outside shot of the building is shown. A pigeon suddenly appears on the ledge and the lighting changes slightly indicating a splice.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:
Referenced in "Getaway: Episode #17.28" (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
James Bond ThemeSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
What did Bond mean when he said "This never happened to the other fellow."?
What kind of cars were Tracy and James driving?
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73 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Not perfect, but a realistic, classic Bond, 17 August 2004
Author: Orpington from England

On Her Majesty's Secret Service will probably always remain the most controversial entry in the Bond series, thanks both to its unusually human and romantic story, and the notorious casting of novice actor George Lazenby as OO7. Some think these elements ruin the film, while others hail OHMSS as the best Bond ever. I wouldn't go that far in my praise, but for me this is still one of the classic Bond films, true to Ian Fleming's original vision and arguably showing OO7 in a more realistic light than any other film in the franchise.

To get the Lazenby issue out of the way first, it is certainly true to say that he lacks the charisma of the man he (temporarily) replaced, Sean Connery, and his impossibly chiselled jaw is somewhat irritating. However, he does look the part, and for a first-time actor he turns in a remarkably assured performance, particularly in the fight scenes but also in Bond's more tender moments, most notably in the highly emotional finale. If Lazenby had gone on to make more Bond films (and it was his own decision not to do so) he could well have developed into a very fine OO7, but as it is I still find his performance in OHMSS perfectly acceptable, and not damaging to the film in any way.

The film itself represented a conscious attempt to get back to Fleming after the increasingly extravagant antics of Thunderball and You Only Live Twice. Director Peter Hunt, who had edited the classic early Connery films, was very keen to remain faithful to Fleming's original story, and as a result OHMSS has an unusually strong emphasis on character and plot, with the gadgetry and humour found in most Bond films largely jettisoned. Rather like From Russia with Love, OHMSS feels like a real spy adventure, as Bond tracks Blofeld down and even adopts a disguise as he infiltrates his arch-enemy's Alpine hideaway, Piz Gloria. Where this film is unique, however, is in the level of emotion it invests in OO7's relationships with others. We see this early in the film when Bond quarrels with M and submits his resignation, a sequence which really brings out the affection which both M and Moneypenny have for him, but which M especially prefers to keep concealed. This affection is brought out again near the end during Bond and Tracy's wedding, when Q sheds his normal exasperation and shows us his fondness and respect for OO7.

However, it is of course the relationship between Bond and Tracy which gives the film its emotional heart. OHMSS sees Bond fall genuinely in love for the first and only time, and personally I found the film's romantic scenes both tender and touching, particularly for being so unexpected in a Bond film. The casting of Diana Rigg as Tracy helps immeasurably in making us believe in this romance, as she is a rare example of a proper actress taking on the role of a Bond girl, and her dynamic, spirited performance makes it easy to see why Bond would fall for her and marry her. It also helps the film's tragic conclusion, itself unique in the Bond franchise, pack far more of an emotional punch than might otherwise have been the case.

Of course, the film has more going for it than just an unusually human Bond.

Hunt directs with great skill, and the Alpine scenery that dominates the film looks absolutely stunning. There is no shortage of great action either, the highlights being a tense and gripping ski chase and an equally thrilling bobsleigh pursuit. Telly Savalas makes for a very effective Blofeld, understated and sinister, and his Rosa Klebb-like henchwoman Irma Bunt is played with relish by Ilse Steppat. There are also echoes of FRWL in the character of Draco, Tracy's father, who is a charismatic Bond ally in the style of Kerim Bey. Special mention should be given to John Barry, who produced his greatest Bond soundtrack for OHMSS. The opening instrumental theme, with its sombre and foreboding tone, sets the serious mood of the film, while the classic We Have All the Time in the World, sung by Louis Armstrong, is the perfect soundtrack to Bond and Tracy's doomed love.

However, while OHMSS is undoubtedly a classic Bond film, it just falls short of my personal top five for two principal reasons. The first of these is that the film is too long, primarily because the central section, where Bond infiltrates Piz Gloria in disguise, is dragged out for far longer than was necessary. Blofeld's plan to use beautiful women as carriers of a devastating eco-virus is the other main weakness, because it is totally preposterous and does not fit into the film's serious nature. I must admit also that, good as Lazenby is, I do wish Connery had agreed to make this film, because with him on board, and a little more editing, I think it could have been the best Bond ever, even beating FRWL. As it is, OHMSS is still a very strong film, its bold deviations from the Bond formula paying off handsomely. It is just a crying shame that it did not perform better at the Box Office, because this would encourage the Bond producers to shift to the high-camp, comic style that would dominate the franchise during the 1970s; sadly, it would be more than a decade before a serious, Flemingesque Bond would reappear on the big screen.

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