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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

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James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps involving 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 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 Marc-Ange Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti), he must become very close friends with his daughter, Teresa "Tracy" (Dame Diana Rigg), and heads off to hunt down Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) 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 henchwoman, Irma Bunt (Ilse Steppat). What does Blofeld have 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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Trivia

The Royal World Premiere was held on Thursday, December 18, 1969, at the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square, London in the presence of the Duke of Kent (Edward Windsor) and the Duchess of Kent. George Lazenby attended the event sporting a beard and long hair. See more »

Goofs

When the Saint Bernard arrives, Bond says, "Never mind that, go and get the brandy!" Bond's mouth does not match his words. Also, Bond and the dog change positions a couple times before Bond finishes his sentence, but Bond's words are unbroken. 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Q: I've been saying for years, sir, that our special equipment is obsolete.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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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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Connections

Featured in James Bond: The First 21 Years (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Do you Know How Christmas Trees are Grown ?
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Nina van Pallandt
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James Bond/George Lazenby against Blofeld/Telly Savalas who attempts a plan for world domination by spreading a lethal plague
11 October 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It begins for James Bond (George Lazenby) on a deserted beach where a young woman (Diana Rigg) tries to drown herself . Bond is sent by MI6 to foil arch-villain Spectra enemy . James Bond goes on his assignment to track down Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) who has peculiar ways of dealing with people who cross him . Blofeld is head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E and is trying the world control by expanding a plague through gorgeous women infected with a deadly virus . As Blofeld is planning a germ warfare assault on the entire world , James Bond needs to find a way to reach him and fast . He intends to marry the daughter of the biggest crime syndicate (Gabriele Ferzetti) in the west in order to get information on Blofeld's whereabouts , and the trail eventually leads to a remote alpine institute in Switzerland . However, Blofeld is not as easy to kill and at the end takes place a lethal confrontation across the snowy landscapes .

The most emotional adventure of Bond career , including the ordinary noisy action being staged with all the mechanical efficiency of the classic Bond pictures with a bit more bite . Here Bond takes on the extremely nasty Blofeld who develops a dangerous virus and threatens to unleash it upon the world unless he receives a fortune and a pardon for all his previous crimes . Many feel this one to be one of the best written of the 007 films ; in fact , the script was written by the prestigious writer Richard Maibaum , and might have been the most notorious had Sean Connery continued with the series . Director Peter Hunt -previously film editor- keeps the action moving and staging a thrilling snow pursuit with one nasty torn to pieces in a snow plough , villains falling from cliffs and impressive avalanches . After ¨Diamonds are forever¨ (1971) Connery told her he'd never play James Bond again , being replaced by Lazenby ; however , many years later , there Sean was, playing James Bond again , her response was for him to "never say never again" ; though , for a big salary he accepted ¨Never say never again¨ (1983) by Irwin Kershner . Australian George Lazenby who took a crack at playing the super-spy with mixed results . Lazenby steps athletically into Connery's oo7 character . But his posterior career was a flop, performing ¨B¨ or ¨C¨ movies as ¨Black Eliminator¨, ¨Kill factor¨ , ¨Hell Hunters¨ , ¨Spider's web¨, ¨4 dogs playing Poker¨ or ¨Twin sitters¨ . Here James Bond/Lazenby bedding and dealing with a variety of wonderful women , the bond girls are the followings : Catherine Schell , Julie Ege , Mona Chong , Joanna Lumley , among others . And , of course , including the regulars : Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny , Bernard Lee as 'M' , Desmond Llewelyn as Q and George Baker.

It includes the song ¨we have all the time in the world¨ sung by Louis Armstrong as well as the customary enjoyable score by John Barry . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Michael Reed , shot on numerous locations in Grindelwald , Kanton Bern, Switzerland , Sesimbra, Setúbal, Rossio,Estoril , Lisbon, Portugal Marlow , Buckinghamshire , Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars, and Pinewood studios , London England, UK . The motion picture ¨On her majesty's secret service¨ financed since longtime producers : Albert ¨Cubby¨ Broccoli , Harry Saltzman , being well directed by Peter Hunt who edited earlier OOO7 movies , he directs moving and pacily . Hunt made a big number of acceptable thrillers as ¨Death hunt¨, ¨Wild geese¨, Assassination¨, and ¨Shut at the devil¨.


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Country:

UK | Switzerland

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)

Gross USA:

$22,774,493

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,787,885
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Company Credits

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Eon Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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