On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Overview

Supposedly, when Sean Connery refused to star in another James Bond movie, producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli vowed to show up the insolent Connery by literally "creating" a new Bond from the ground up. That's why professional model and TV commercial-spokesman George Lazenby is cast as 007 in the 1969 filmization of Ian Fleming's 1963 Bond novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service. As a result, the film is one of the few in the series that could boast more than a passing resemblance to the Fleming original....
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Overview

Supposedly, when Sean Connery refused to star in another James Bond movie, producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli vowed to show up the insolent Connery by literally "creating" a new Bond from the ground up. That's why professional model and TV commercial-spokesman George Lazenby is cast as 007 in the 1969 filmization of Ian Fleming's 1963 Bond novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service. As a result, the film is one of the few in the series that could boast more than a passing resemblance to the Fleming original. This time around, Bond quits the secret service when he is told to end his obsessive search for master criminal Blofeld Telly Savalas. While trailing his quarry in Portugal, Bond falls in love with Tracy Draco Diana Rigg, daughter of a notorious gangster Gabriele Ferzetti. The elder Draco agrees to help Bond find Blofeld, with the implicit understanding that Bond will marry Tracy. Bond's mission takes him to a Swiss mountain retreat, wherein Blofeld is executing his master plan of destroying the world's agricultural economy. When all is said and done, Bond does marry Tracy, but the honeymoon ends in sudden tragedy.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary featuring Director Peter Hunt and Members of the Cast and Crew; Casting On Her Majesty's Secret Service; Press Day in Portugal; George Lazenby: In His Own Words; Shot on Ice - Original 1969 Ford Promo Film; Swiss Movement - Original 1969 Featurette; Inside On Her Majesty's Secret Service; Inside Q's Lab; Above It All - Original 1969 Featurette ; Exotic Locations; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV & Radio Spots; Image Database
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Although it is mostly remembered for featuring George Lazenby's sole appearance as James Bond, this 1969 film is revered by Bond fans as one of the series' finest entries. On Her Majesty's Secret Service stands out from other Bond films because it treats its main character like a human being instead of a superhero. He suffers moments of doubt, doesn't always know the right thing to do, and is even capable of falling in love. These changes bring a surprising warmth to James Bond, who is vividly brought to life by the underrated Lazenby with a mixture of macho charm and unexpected vulnerability. Diana Rigg also makes a vivid impression as Tracy, easily the toughest and most resourceful of all Bond heroines, and Telly Savalas turns in a menacing yet slyly witty performance as Blofeld. This film also defies convention by downplaying the gadgetry and gimmicks that would soon dominate the series in favor of a plot that balances the action with a strong emphasis on character development. Despite a two-hour-plus running time, the film moves at a brisk clip thanks to Peter Hunt's tight direction. Hunt, originally an editor on the Bond series, also utilizes his editor's sense of timing to create a series of breathtaking action set pieces; highlights include a stunning nighttime ski chase and the explosive siege on Blofeld's mountaintop lair. From its stylish opening to its stunning and unexpected coda, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is one of the high-water marks of the James Bond series and a refreshing antidote to the often cartoonish antics of its later years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • UPC: 883904266396
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:22:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 10,987

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Lazenby James Bond
Diana Rigg Tracy Di Vicenzo
Telly Savalas Blofeld
Ilse Steppat Irma Bunt
Gabriele Ferzetti Draco
Bernard Horsfall Campbell
George Baker Sir Hilary Bray
Bernard Lee "M"
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn "Q"
Angela Scoular Ruby
Dani Sheridan American Girl
Julie Ege Scandinavian Girl
Joanna Lumley English Girl
Mona Chong Chinese Girl
Anouska Hempel Australian Girl
Ingrit Back German Girl
Jenny Hanley Irish Girl
Zara Indian Girl
Helena Ronee Israeli Girl
Geoffrey Cheshire Toussaint
Irvin Allen Che Che
Terence Mountain Raphael
Bill Morgan Klett
Richard Graydon Draco's Driver
Reg Harding Blofeld's Driver
Virginia North Olympe
Brian Worth Manuel
Bessie Love American Casino Guest
Steve Plytas Greek Tycoon
Robert Rietty Chef de Jeu
Elliott Sullivan American
Martin Leyder Chef de Jeu Huissier
George A. Cooper Braun
John Crewdson Draco's Copter Pilot
Dudley Jones Hall Porter
Leslie Crawford Felsen
James Bree Gumboldt
John Gay Hammond
Catherine Schell Nancy
Yuri Borienko Grunther
Technical Credits
Peter Hunt Director
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Alex Barbey Cinematographer
John Barry Score Composer
Willy Bogner Cinematographer
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Sidney Cain Production Designer
Syd Cain Production Designer
Marjorie Cornelius Costumes/Costume Designer
Hal David Songwriter
Frank Ernst Asst. Director
Roy Ford Cinematographer
John Glen Editor
Ken Higgins Cinematographer
John Jordan Cinematographer
Bob Laing Art Director
Robert Laing Art Director
Peter Lamont Set Decoration/Design
George Leech Stunts
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Alec Mills Camera Operator
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Basil Newall Makeup
Monty Norman Songwriter
Paul Rabiger Makeup
Simon Raven Screenwriter
Michael Reed Cinematographer
Harry Saltzman Producer
John Stears Special Effects
Egil Woxholt Cinematographer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST BOND MOVIE EVER

    IT'S A SHAME THAT GEORGE LAZEBY POTRAYED JAMES BOND FOR ONLY ONE FILM , BECAUSE IF YOU ASK ME I FEEL HE GAVE THE MOST PHYSICAL AND CERTAINLY THE MOST EMOTIONAL PORTRAYAL OF ANY ACTOR TO HAVE PORTRAYED JAMES BOND. THE PIZ GLORIA SEQUENCES WERE EXCELLENT AS WELL IS THE TITLE SONG SUNG BY LOUIS ARMSTRONG.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Underated !!!!!!

    Action and great story line

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This film needed something......a GOOD ACTOR!! NUF CED!!!

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service was very poor. Blofeld was good, Moneypenny was nice, so was M, Q was wonderful. But what about Bond, James Bond? 007 wasn't there. George Lazenby's potrayel was very, very, dry. Tracy Bond wasn't meant to be a Bond girl! DON'T SEE THIS MOVIE!! You'll be doing yourself a FAVOR!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    Good Bond

    A bond movie with mix, drama, romance, of course Bond type spy-flick. Out side of the Connery Bonds, my favorite --

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2002

    The best non-Connery Bond movie

    Next to Goldfinger, this is my favorite Bond movie. And next to Connery, George Lazenby is my favorite Bond. Cool and dapper, and man enough to be vulnerable and to fall in love. The scenes in the Swiss Alps are breathtaking, and Diana Rigg is divine. I surely couldn't blame Bond for falling in love with her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2002

    Best Bond Film ever!

    ''On her majesty's secret service'' is an extraordinary and exciting journey in one of the missions of agent 007. Although I am 14, I love classic movies and hope one day when I have money own this great film. I guarantee a life- shocking and romantic movie. Great actors, excellent storytelling. ''On her majesty's secret service''

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