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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

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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.

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Peter R. Hunt (as Peter Hunt)

Writers:

Simon Raven (additional dialogue), Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Yuri Borienko ... Grunther
Virginia North ... Olympe
Geoffrey Cheshire Geoffrey Cheshire ... Toussaint
Irvin Allen ... Che Che
Terence Mountain Terence Mountain ... Raphael (as Terry Mountain)
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Storyline

George Lazenby steps into the role of James Bond and is sent on his first mission. For help with Draco, he must become very close friends with his daughter, Tracy, and heads off to hunt down Ernst Stavro Blofeld one more time. This takes him to Switzerland, where he must pose as Sir Hilary Bray to find out the secret plan of Blofeld. The facility is covered with Blofeld's guards as well as his hench-woman, Irma Bunt. What has Blofeld got in mind this time? Can Bond keep up this act for much longer? Are ANY Bond girls safe? Written by simon

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James Bond est de retour! [James Bond is back! ; French & Belgian posters] See more »


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Details

Official Sites:

MGM | Official Site

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

19 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£16,460 (United Kingdom), 24 December 1969, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,200,000, 21 December 1969

Gross USA:

$22,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,200,000, 31 December 1973
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Only movie in the EON series with extensive scenes set explicitly during the Christmas/New Year's Holiday Season. See more »

Goofs

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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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, images are shown of Bond girls and villains. (This is the first Bond movie since Goldfinger to feature previous movies' footage in its credits.) Specifics are as follows. *First Set. *Honey Ryder from Dr. No (1962), standing on the beach. *Dr. No from the same, in front of his underground aquarium. *Tatiana Romanova from From Russia with Love (1963), messing around with her hair. *Pussy Galore from Goldfinger (1964), in the barn scene. *Second Set. *The title character from Goldfinger. *Assorted Bond girls from the Goldfinger (1964) / Thunderball (1965) era. *The "Flaming Car Crash" scene from Thunderball (1965). *Third set. *Emilio Largo, the main villain from Thunderball. *Aki, Kissy Suzuki, and a swordsman from You Only Live Twice (1967). *Blofeld's volcano lair exploding from the end of the same. Note the strategic absence of Blofeld from You Only Live Twice, as Blofeld is played by a different actor in this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD R2 release differs slightly from the most recent (complete) VHS version. Notably:
  • the shot of the shadow of a cable car moving across a cliff side when Bond's helper (Bernard Horsfall) is climbing a cliff is missing.
  • The music starts differently when Herr Gumbold leaves his office prior to Bond breaks into the office's safe.
  • When Bond speaks the line "I told you the crowd would discourage them" after the stock car race, he was previously shown saying so in close up, now the line is only heard as Bond and Tracy speeds away.
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Soundtracks

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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Hal David
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User Reviews

 
a very unique addition to the Bond series
26 February 2011 | by thomas-williamson-gaSee all my reviews

I have read some of the negative reviews for this movie and I have to say that I agree with NONE of them except for the slightly unnecessary two and a half hour length. Regardless, this doesn't ruin On Her Majesty's Secret Service in any way to warrant a serious complaint as far as I'm concerned. As with the positive reviews this film received, I agree with most all of them. For one, George Lazenby replacing Sean Connery as Bond may have displeased some but I think he did just as good of a job and would not have minded a bit if he became the next Bond for a few more films. This movie also had some enjoyable action scenes; some of which would later get mimicked in future Bond installments. The bond girl is by far one of the best. To be a little more specific, this bond girl plays a significant part in the Bond series as a whole that no other bond girl shares. However, I won't reveal why that is because I don't usually give spoilers for the courtesy of those who haven't seen the films that I review. The ending alone for this movie got several mixed reviews but I can say with certainty that had it not ended the way it did, the Bond franchise might have come to an end.


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