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Australian model George Lazenby took up the mantle of the world's most suave secret agent when Sean Connery retired as James Bond--prematurely, it turned out. Connery returned in Diamonds Are Forever before leaving the role to Roger Moore and Lazenby's subsequent career fizzled, yet this one-hit wonder is responsible for one of the best Bond films of all time.
In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 007 leaves the Service to privately pursue his SPECTRE nemesis Blofeld (played this time by Telly Savalas), whose latest master plan involves a threat to the world's crops by agricultural sterilization. Bond teams up with suave international crime lord Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti) and falls in love with--and marries--his elegant daughter, Tracy (Diana Rigg). Bond goes monogamous? Not at first; after all he has Blofeld's harem to seduce. Lazenby hasn't the intensity of Connery but he has fun with his quips and even lampoons the Bond image in a playful pre-credits sequence, and Rigg, fresh from playing sexy Emma Peel in The Avengers, matches 007 in every way. Former editor Peter Hunt makes a strong directorial debut, deftly handling the elaborate action sequences--including a car chase turned road rally through the icy snow--with a kinetic finesse and a dash of humor. Though not a hit on its original release, On Her Majesty's Secret Service has become a fan favorite and the closest the series has come to capturing the spirit of Ian Fleming's books. --Sean Axmaker
- [2.5 Stars] Better Than Expected, But . . .
I have always had very mixed feelings about this Bond film. The film boast a superior script, great locations, and insightful acting by Telly Savalas, of "Kojak" fame, as the villain, and Diana Rigg, of "The Avengers" fame, as the love interest. My big problem with this film is the poor casting of George Lazenby who admittedly had VERY large shoes to fill when Sean Connery bailed out over money and creative direction issues. Ironically, the film didn't do too badly at the box-office as it cost about $7 million to make, the typical Bond budget, and grossed worldwide around $65 million. That's not a bad profit, it's about half what a Connery Bond film would gross. If it did so well, then why were the producers so desperate to bring back Connery and "save" the franchise? Here's my take on it:
"Majesty" had everything going for it, but a solid lead. Based upon audience feedback, people predominately went to see this film to "check out" the new bond who was a model and not an actor at the time. The picture's profit wasn't a clear signal that Lazenby was effective in the role, but rather that he was an oddity to be sampled as it only grossed about half of what a Connery Bond film would be expected to gross. Audiences loudly rejected Lazenby's Bond and the producers listened. The producers had made the mistake of believing that the role itself was not important in a Bond film, just the formula of the franchise and, ironically, THAT is EXACTLY why Connery walked out in the first place (along with money issues).
Ironically, none of this is the case with the casting of the new Bond, Daniel Craig, because the producers took care to put a whole movie together, and NOT simply follow formula, and that Bond film, Casino Royale, is now the highest grossing of the Bond films to date (2007). It cost $150M to make and it has grossed more than $500M. That is not a passing interest in a new Bond, but rather a bold statement of acceptance and that is not what happened with Lazenby taking over for Connery (a rushed and rash decision). The producers simply thought Bond was easily replaceable back in Connery's era.
The producers learned from that mistake and then considered having Connery back one more time to bring back the die-hard Bond fans and allow them more time to actively and intelligently search for a new Bond and found him in Roger Moore who had an established following due to the fame he had with his series "The Saint." I'm no big fan of Moore's Bond as he played him with too much cartoonish humor, but he was okay and had a few very good turns as Bond. I always considered his "The Spy Who Loved Me" to be his best Bond film, but I'm digressing here.
In any event, this film is better than most might think IF, and it's a BIG if, one can get past the poor casting of Lazenby as Bond. The film is pretty good overall. I, for one, just can't get past Lazenby's flat, uninspiring performance. By the way, when Sean Connery returned as Bond for the official last time (Never Say Never Again is an "unofficial" Bond film), he had the same $7 million dollar budget as the last Bond film with Lazenby, but Connery's film grossed over $120 million. That's double the money that Lazenby's Bond film grossed. That says something....more info
- Faithful to the novel. One of the best James Bond films!
This film is quite faithful to the superb Ian Fleming novel of the same name. George Lazenby surprises as a very serviceable James Bond (although in my opinion no one can play the role as well as the great Sean Connery) although he is a bit too handsome. When he impersonates Sir Hillary Bray, he is authentic and hilarious. Telly Savalas does a fine job as the evil Ernst Blofeld.
This story has class, action, beautiful women, a great storyline, and everything. I was riveted to the screen from the opening credits to the ending. The theme music of this one is one of the very best of the always excellent James Bond music genre. All in all, there is very little not to like about this film. I bought this one used, as it is presently out of production. It needs to be made available immediately, so that everyone can own and enjoy it!...more info
- An Overlooked Bond: Don't Even Think About This Edition! Get the Ultimate Edition!
To say that ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE has grown on me is an understatement. The first time that I saw it a few years ago, I can remember laughing with my friend about how awful Lazenby was as a replacement for Connery. But after a recent second viewing, my tone has changed dramatically. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is now one of my favorite Bond films. Of the first six movies, I would definitely place it in the top three and it certainly beats out its predecessor YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, both in its "watchability" and its ranking as a Bond film. What is it about ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE that is so good? Well, it seems that director Peter Hunt (the fantastic editor of the previous films) wanted to return Bond to his roots, emphasizing story and characters over action and gadgets. Indeed, the gadgets are absent in this film. Instead, we get a good old story of espionage as Bond infiltrates the secret mountain-top lair of Ernst Blofeld, posing as a famous genealogist. Lazenby is a superb Bond. Though he doesn't handle women in the same smooth way and his charm and refinement are noticeably lacking, Lazenby does deliver some terrific action sequences. Furthermore, Lazenby handles the scripts "love interest" quite well, showing us one of the most emotional Bonds ever. Understandably, fans either loved or hated this new Bond, and the film went on to be less of a success as the Connery films. Still, one has to wonder what might have become of the series if Lazenby had kept the role for a significant run.
After the opening "gun barrel" sequence, we are greeted with the pre-credits teaser. M and Moneypenny are at a loss of where exactly 007 is located. We have no problem finding him. We watch as Bond chases after a girl, whom we later discover is Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg), and saves her from near suicide, only to be attacked by an enemy. A great fight sequence in the waves is played out, with Lazenby delivering in fine style. It's been a while since Bond has been this fit! The girl escapes Bond during the commotion, leaving him alone on the beach. Lazenby, firmly set in his new role, winks at the camera and says "This never happened to the other fellow." In breaking the fourth wall, Lazenby and the Bond team let us know that James Bond is not Sean Connery; James Bond is James Bond. This line kicks off the titles, another Binder work, this time without a popular singer belting a song. Perhaps after the awkward lyrics of THUNDERBALL, the producers decided that trying to work ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE into a song would just be too difficult. The titles are a classic Binder work, involving shifting images through an hourglass and elaborate silhouettes.
The plot is back to the good old days and adds a love angle, allowing for some character depth on the part of Bond. The first part of the film opens up on that angle. Bond encounters Tracy again (Teresa di Vicenzo) and makes a more "formal" introduction. After their brief encounter, Bond is suddenly kidnapped and taken to see Marc-Ange Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti), head of Europe's second largest crime syndicate (second only to SPECTRE). There it is revealed that Tracy is Draco's daughter. In a weird spin, Draco desires Bond to continue to woo his daughter, ultimately marrying her for a personal dowry of one million pounds. Tracy has had a troubled past (as we have witnessed) and Bond is just the sort of thing she needs to save her. Bond refuses the proposal, but agrees to continue to see his daughter in exchange for information about Ernst Blofeld's whereabouts. Upon returning to MI6, Bond is promptly kicked off his current assignment of tracking down Blofeld. Bond is so irritated that he tenders his resignation, only to have his resignation covertly changed to a leave of absence by Moneypenny. Realizing that he can continue to pursue Blofeld on his vacation, Bond heartily accepts the vacation. After some good old spy work, Bond finally learns that Blofeld is attempting to lay claim to a royal title, under the French surname Bleuchamp. Posing as genealogist Sir Hilary Bray, Bond gains access to Blofeld's new hideout--a "research institute" sitting on top of the Piz Gloria in the Swiss Alps. Once there, Bond learns that Blofeld has developed a bacterial weapon that he plans to distribute throughout the world. The weapon is so powerful that it is capable of destroying vital species of flora and fauna--unless, of course, Blofeld is granted amnesty for all past crimes and given his new title. Will Bond be able to stop the crisis before it is too late?
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE displays many characteristics of the great Bond films. Its plot is intricate and involves good old-fashioned spy work. Bond is a character of great depth in this film, portraying both a recklessness and arrogance towards MI6 and the establishment, as well as great love for his leading lady. Finally, the action in this film is great. The famous downhill ski and bobsled fights are fantastic and do not lack for any excitement. Unlike Lewis Gilbert in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, director Peter Hunt decided to keep the film as close to Fleming's novel as possible, yielding a film that many fans of the books describe as the most accurate Bond adaptation ever produced. It's a shame that it has the negative reputation that it is sometimes branded with.
George Lazenby, as mentioned before, does a find job as Bond. While he certainly doesn't have the same style and class as Connery (who does?), Lazenby is more than adequate in the action sequences and handles the fights wonderfully. Moreover, he turns in one of the more complex Bond performances, culminating in the film's final sequence. I was startled to see a scene like that in a Bond film and welcomed its arrival. Diana Riggs also turns in a good performance, providing us with one of the more complex and dominant female leads ever to show up in a Bond film. Telly Savalas's rendition of Blofeld (the second actor to play the visual part) is one of my favorites. His Blofeld is not quite as pathetic as the one we first meet in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE and not quite as quirky as the one we will soon meet in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. While he doesn't live up to the menace of the character originally heard in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, he is certainly a more capable, worldly, and interesting villain than the rest.
Ultimately, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE feels very different from the rest of the Bond films. For my tastes, it was a refreshing return to the source before the Bond series would take on its inevitable Roger Moore phase. Don't bother with this edition! The Ultimate Edition looks very crisp and sounds wonderful. It is also packed with plenty of extras, including a "Making of" documentary, films about the casting of the new Bond, interviews with Lazenby, and all of the usual assorted material. BINDER DOCUMENTARY? If you like the novels or are a fan of the early Bond films, you can't go wrong with ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. Just promise to give Lazenby a chance.
- AMONG THE TOP!
Some viewers look at this film as a downer. To others, downer would be a compliment. But there are still some who see the film as one of the finest of the 007's, capturing the spirit and style of Ian Fleming like no other. One time Bond George Lazenby assumes the role and does surprisingly well for a non-actor. The story is more loyal to the novel that any other Bond film, from the thriller start to the tragic conclusion. While it isn't perfect, what novel adapted movie is?
Unfortunately the film was a failure in the eyes of United Artists and the much of the public. Many, or perhaps most fans wouldn't accept Lazenby as Bond because, well...he wasn't Connery. (If Connery had accepted the role 'On Her Majesty's' might be unanimously hailed as the greatest achievement of the series.) Also, many weren't ready for the abrubt transition of the story structure. They were unprepaired to for this films display of realism, humanities, and drama compared to the fantastic plots and relentless action of the previous entries, which would become increasingly prominent as the series progressed. If the film had been a success perhaps the following entries wouldn't have dwindled into such disarray.
One may not be able to truly appreciate this film if not familiar with the integrities of the literary Bond, but if you're an advocate of the novels, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' is definitely worth seeing.
- George Lanzeby did a great job
Although George Lanzenby only played James Bond once, he did a great job in "On her Majesty's Secret Service". The film has good acting and amazing action sequences. Diana Rigg does a phenomenal job as "Tracy Bond", the only woman to have actually married James Bond. Blofeld is well performed by Terry Savalas. I really enjoyed Lanzenby as Bond and I wish he had done more. This is truly a fantastic movie and one of the best James Bond films. ...more info
- The BEST Bond Film, Period...
Why, you ask?
1. This is the film which most closely followed Fleming's original novel. Even "Goldfinger" took more liberties. This is an almost page for page rendition of one of the best books.
2. Lazenby > Bored Connery. Though he didn't have the pedigree of Connery (or any of the others, right through Brosnan), Lazenby not only held his own in the part, but after seeing Connery sleep through the later films (and do it again in the retched "Diamonds Are Forever"), he was a breath of fresh air.
3. Low budget, by Bondian standards. No big volcanos filled with henchmen. No ninjas. No Outer Space. No big set pieces at all.
4. Gorgeous cinematography. You really feel like you're in the mountains.
5. "Kojak" strikes just the right cord as Blofeld - somewhere between the earlier "sitting around stroking an evil cat" version and the cross-dressing, fancy lad Charles Gray edition (BTW, can you tell I HATED Diamonds Are Forever?).
6. Diana Rigg is to this day the most beautiful Bond Girl, and the romance is believable and sweet.
7. The Best Bond Theme. The only close second is McCartney's "Live And Let Die." And the best credit sequence - the montage of earlier films is brilliant.
8. The wonderful Louis Armstrong melody, last heard in "The Jacket."
9. Most of all, the downbeat ending. Gut-renching and out of character for the series.
This is the Bond film to end all Bond films....more info
- George Lazenby is first rate as James Bond
The rap that you always read about this film is that is was really good except for the casting of James Bond. Well, I'm here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth!
George Lazenby was a great James Bond! Not only was he perfectly cast but his performance is dead-on, as good as anything Sean Connery did.
Lazenby is a hybrid of Sean Connery and Cary Grant, not a bad combination, particularly when you're trying to find an actor to play James Bond! Grant was often mentioned as a possibility for James Bond but was too old when the series finally got off the ground.
The reason Lazenby only made one James Bond film was NOT because audiences rejected him. Nor was it because the producers didn't want him. The reason Lazenby never played Bond again was because his agent told him to turn the part down!!! The agent thought it wouldn't be "smart" to become typecast as James Bond, as Connery had.
Obviously, that was the worst advice any actor has ever gotten because Lazenby hasn't worked in films since!
The film faithfully adapts the Fleming novel to the screen which is a really good thing because OHMSS is Fleming's best novel. The other cast members are excellent but miscast. Tracy was supposed to be a blonde--Fleming even described her as being a bit like Brigette Bardot. Diana Rigg, of "The Avengers", is obviously a much better actress than Bardot so we are probably better off with her in the part. She's great in the film.
Ditto Telly Savalas. Not a good choice for the sophisticated, German master criminal, Ernst Stravo Blofeld but what s performance!!! Savalas perfectly portrays the character despite being the wrong "type". Savalas makes Blofeld the most fully realized Bond villain since Auric Goldfinger.
The story is great and the action is non-stop in the second half. The producers make you really care about Bond and Tracy and that's quite an achievement for an action-adventure film.
All in all, this is the easily the greatest James Bond film ever made. "Goldfinger", the film that established the Bond "formula", is the only other Bond movie that reaches this high a level. "Goldfinger", incidently, also features an ex-Avenger, Honor Blackman.
- Emotional Bond: Is it what the audience wants?
The sixth entry in the James Bond Franchise `On Her Majesty's Secret Service' is a questionable Bond film, probably being the most dramatic in the early years in the franchise and the fact that it introduces one-time Bond actor George Lazenby, who for the most part holds his own, even with the heavy burden of being the actor to follow-up Sean Connery who had already helmed five Bond films (and would return after Lazenby left for one last go in Diamonds Are Forever).
The film often suffers from a slow pace, but the set-pieces are truly remarkable (Blofeld's lair atop the Swiss Alps is truly a remarkable sight to behold). The shots of the snow covered mountains is some of the most beautiful cinematography found in any of the 1960s Bond films, and is one of the main reasons I recommend this film.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service continues where `You Only Live Twice' where Ernst Stavro Blofeld is still at large (Telly Savalas taking to role from Donald Pleasance), and, as you've probably already guessed, is already in the process of executing a new plan that should bring the world to its knees. In his time hiding from Bond he has concocted a fiendish plan to hold the world ransom using beautiful girls (who, of course, have been brainwashed) and chemicals to wipe out the world's agricultural goods. James Bond allies himself with Tracy di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg) and her father, Marc-Ange Draco, who just happens to be the head of Union Corse (a major crime syndicate) for a final showdown in the Alps Blofeld's SPECTRE forces (How many henchmen does Blofeld have, anyways? He must give good benefit...).
George Lazenby does the best he can, even with the knowledge that he will be following Sean Connery; the many who basically MADE Bond. He does this by being a more sensitive, emotional Bond, going back to Fleming's novels to try and be as different from Connery's Bond as possible. All thought he pulls this off rather well he still cannot hold-up the Connery, especially when it comes to convincingly seducing women and delivering humorous one-liners. Still, the final moments of this film called for emotion I could not imagine Connery's Bond conveying without going far out of character. For this reason Lazenby manages to get a favorable response from me as a viewer, because without his good, emotion-packed performance in the final moments of this film it would not have left me with as strong of an impact. That moment alone is a reason why On Her Majesty's Secret Service is not to be missed.
This brings up the question: Do we want more emotional Bonds? I don't really think so, and I don't think the Craig films going on right now will last too long if they dwell too much on an emotional aspect of Bond. What we want in James Bond really is an invincible man who engages in fancy chases, and seduces women with ease, and when he just manages to cheat death is able to straighten his tie and deliver a comic pun or one-liner.
So while I can't say On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a great "James Bond" movie I can say that it is a mostly well-executed, emotionally driven film that is worth viewing if you don't hold it to the standards of the Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan films or you will be greatly disappointed by On Her Majesty's Secret Service. If you want to see the most emotional, heart-gripping ending of any James Bond film you certainly owe On Her Majesty's Secret Service a viewing (too bad it's so hard to find it on DVD now of days unless you buy the box set it's included in).
- Lazenby, You're No Sean Connery
The last Bond movie I saw. I'd seen the others, most of them years ago and many when they first came out. Then I saw this.....this.....this....whatever it is. It was terrible, absolutely terrible.
For starters, George Lazenby is just not Sean Connery - even 40 years later, he's not Sean Connery. The movie features a number of one-liners that misfire, a barely discernible plot, a lousy Bond, a decent car, and the one bright moment: Telly "Kojak" Savalas as Blofeld. The tough guy tries to off Bond and - to point out another monstrosity of this movie - there are WAY too many snow skiing scenes, including the last one where Blofeld is caught on the limbs of an overhanging tree while competing against Jamaica in the bobsled event.
This movie was - bar none - the WORST Bond ever made. I don't know that one could be made that is worse. Seriously. Although they certainly tried it the very next go around....more info
- $4 at Discount Store!!! Ha Ha Ha
A great Movie for just $4 at the discount store. I bought this new and sealed. HOW CAN THEY CHARGE so much for the same movie $$$$$????...more info
- He Looks & Acts Like James Bond to Me
"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) was the sixth James Bond film and the first without Sean Connery in the starring role. Australian George Lazenby took over the part for this ONE AND ONLY film.
The story involves Bond falling in love and ultimately marrying (!) a mob boss's daughter (Diana Rigg) and investigating a Swiss mountain-top lair wherein Blofeld (Telly Savalas) schemes to brainwash an assortment of women from around the world for his bizarre nefarious purposes.
Many Bond fans point out that this picture is the most faithful to Ian Fleming's character and book series. The story is taken from the novel of the same name.
People usually have two problems with this episode in the Bond series: (1.) Lazenby as Bond and (2.) After the first 20 minutes the story lacks any real action for the next hour or so wherein Bond goes undercover to investigate Blofeld's secret lair.
Concerning the second issue: Because the story involves at least one full hour (probably longer) of action-less spy investigation, those with ADD probably won't like this film. Personally, I enjoyed it; I can't stand when films have an explosion every two minutes to supposedly keep things "happening" and maintain the interest of the morons in the audience like, say, "The World is Not Enough." Bond masquerading as Sir Hillary at the "allergy clinic" is both interesting and amusing. Besides, the last 40 minutes or so feature numerous thrilling action scequences: the Alps ski chases, car chase, bobsled chase and the final assault on Blofeld's mountain stronghold.
Needless to say, if you're a fan of winter sports, you'll want to see this film. By the way, George Lazenby was a very accomplished skier and had won two contests in Australia before taking on the Bond role at the age of 29, the youngest Bond as of this writing.
Regarding Lazenby as Bond: Hey, he looks and acts like James Bond to me. Maybe he doesn't have the same charismatic flare as Connery (Who does?), but he certainly has his own unique appeal.
Lazenby, incidentally, was a martial arts expert, which he taught during his stint in the Australian army. He even studied under Bruce Lee and later stated that it was Lee's philisophical teachings that enabled him to go on to have such a successful business career and personal life. In fact, George was actually going to have dinner with Bruce the night he died (!) and even replaced him in what was supposed to be Lee's next film "The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss" (1974).
Lazenby amusingly commented on Pierce Brosnan as the new Bond in 1995's "Goldeneye": "... this is the 90s and women want a different man, a man who shows his feminine side. Pierce definitley has that." (LOL!) He also reflected on the character of Bond himself: "He's a ruthless bastard, really." (So true, so true).
As for the Bond women, Diana Rigg is undeniably good-looking but she doesn't do anything for me personally (too tall and thin), but there are numerous other gorgeous beauties to behold throughout the picture.
"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is the longest Bond film at 2 hours and 22 minutes and was filmed in Portugal, Switzerland and Pinewood Studios, England.
BOTTOM LINE: Because of Lazenby and the film's literary faithfulness, this is a very unique and worthwhile Bond adventure, certainly far better than Brosnan-era pictures like "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "The World is Not Enough." It's also a MUST for those who love winter sports and spectacular Swiss winter/mountain locales....more info
- One of the best Bond movies.
At about 140 minutes, this is one of the longest Bond films, and I remember thinking it was a bit too long. But when watching it again I don't think it was. It has action, character development and humour (including one of the best one liners, "He had a lot of guts!"). George Lazenby's performance is good. He doesn't get as many closeups and isn't as charming as Connery's Bond, but with the help of the script, he adds depth to the character. It would have been interesting to see what direction the Bond series would have taken if he hadn't quit. Telly Savalas is a good Blofeld, and Irma Bunt is a great henchman/woman, who reminds me of Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love. Unfortunately, she died just after the movie was released and couldn't reprise the role. On Her Majesty's Secret Service is, despite one of the least seen, one of the best Bond films. 4+...more info
- DVD James Bond
I haven't received this DVD as yet, apparently the person sending it, didn't use sufficient postage, and it went back return to sender. Needless to say after, paying $12.29 shipping and handling through Amazon, plus the exchasnge om my money.I wasn't to HAPPY. However the sender is trying to rectify this error, and I should get my Husbands, Christmas present, HOPEFULLY sometime in January.
I hope this review of this transaction is helpfull.
This, is the only disappointing transaction we have had with Amazon, lets hope its our last.
- Underrated, underappreciated Bond
On Her Majesty's Secret Service has taken a lot of heat over the years for any number of reasons, George Lazenby and Bond getting married are just two of the complaints, but OHMSS is really an above average Bond movie. 007's pursuit of Blofeld has come up empty so "M" takes him off the case, causing Bond to hand in his resignation which "M" counters with a two-week leave. Finally tracking Blofeld down on a remote Swiss Alp mountaintop, Bond uncovers a plot with a unique use of germ warfare created by Blofeld ready to be unleashed on the world. Being a Bond movie, the way the virus is distributed is very interesting. Clocking in at 142 minutes, OHMSS is one of the longer movies in the series, and in that first 45 minutes or so things do drag. The story really picks up when Bond begins to track down his Spectre nemesis Blofeld leading up to the biggest downer ending in the series. No song here, but a memorable take on the theme, lots of good action including a ski chase across the Swiss Alps, and plenty here to recommend.
Often the butt of jokes and pop culture questions (who played Bond in...?), George Lazenby takes the place of Sean Connery as 007, MI6 agent trying to save the world and woo some ladies along the way. Connery will always be the best, but Lazenby does an excellent job with the character. For a guy with no previous acting experience, he handles the action, humor and romance all equally well. Diana Rigg is not your typical Bond girl as Tracy Di Vicenzo, a mobster's daughter who 007 keeps running across. The relationship between Bond and Tracy is different from most of the other movies, but it works pretty well. Telly Savalas is great as Blofeld and really seems to enjoy himself as the super villain. Gabrielle Ferzetti plays Draco, Tracy's father trying to set her up with Bond. And what would a 007 movie be without the regulars, Bernard Lee as "M," Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny, and Desmond Llewelyn as gadgets expert "Q."
If you can find a copy, the DVD is a great addition for fans of the series. The movie looks great in its widescreen presentation, it made me want to go out and ski, to go along with some solid special features. First is an informative making of documentary running 43 minutes with cast and crew, an 11-minute feature about Q and his gadgets, cast and crew documentary, a trailer, TV and radio spots, and a stills gallery. It's an all-around package when so many DVDs are bare-bones. Not often listed as one of the best Bond movies, but it doesn't deserve the poor reputation, give On Her Majesty's Secret Service a try!...more info
- A Classic James Bond Movie
Excellent scenery, James Bond Movie done right, not the best but in the top five best 007 movies. ...more info
- 3 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
Lazenby is a bit flat and there's a major plot hole (how come Blofeld doesn't recognize Bond?) but the film is an exceptionally well-crafted thriller/adventure that emerges as one of the best of the Bonds....more info
- TELLY BABY!!!!
Hey folks hold onto your seats because this one is the "filet mignon" of all the Bond flicks! ( Yes even better than " Goldfinger"!)I know Sean Connery is not in this one ( who is still is the REAL Bond) but it doesn't matter,George Lazenby does a credible job of filling some mighty big shoes. Telly Savalas plays Blofeld , and is truly the best out of all of Bonds arch enemies.His presence & performance alone make this a real "barn burner"!
Diana Rigg , of "Avengers" fame (at the time)is lovely, charming, and one of the great "Bond" girls of all time.Playing the spoiled daughter of a wealthly industrialist she captures the unapproachable Bond's heart which leads to a totally unexpected occurance in which James falls finally ,deeply in love.
The action is crisp, at some points nonstop,from a car chase on an ice rink, to wild ski antics on the slopes of Switzerland, the climactic battle with Blofeld on bobleds going at 70mph, its really a pulse pounder! And don't forget the Bond women which are plentiful.
Telly plans to use these bevy of beauties to carry out his master plan of (YOU GUESSED IT) taking over the world, and Bond is the only dude that can stop him.
The cinematography is breath taking,the score by the incomparable John Barry is at its finest, make this a winner!So buckle up , get a tub of popcorn, and hang on!...more info
if Connery was in it then it would have been the only +. Roger next and the rest would not be anywhere. The last JB sucked!...more info
- The Real Mr. Bond
When I was growing up in the 80's I was told that the worst James Bond movie ever was OHMSS with George Lazenby, so I always thought so. When i finally saw the movie I realized it was one of the best. George Lazenby was the ideal model for Bond. He did a great job period. He was never given a fair shot at the position.
Telly Savalas was Blofeld. All Blofelds before and after were weak next to him. He was smart, scary, and active. He did not just give orders, he was part of the chase, a true villian.
Diana Rigg was not a Bond Girl, she was a true heroine. She was smart, sexy and her own woman. The chemistry between Lazenby and Rigg was there on screen.
The soundtrack is what makes this movie. When you hear the music when Bond is being chased you feel as if you are there. This is one of the best Bond soundtracks.
Sean Connery is best Bond because of the body of his work. Maybe Bond would not have turned into camp with DAF and the Roger Moore Bonds if Lazenby had stayed. ...more info
- In the top 3 Bond films
It is almost inexplicable that this movie isn't more widely heralded as a benchmark for the series, but I'll give it a shot. First, Lazenby made one of the gravest errors in Bond history by announcing that this would be his only Bond film PRIOR to the movie's release. I think this made audiences wonder if it was worth getting to know him, and so many passed it by (therefore, the low box office). Secondly, an unfortunate many of us are distracted by appearance, and in this film Bond wears ascots and a kilt and there is no doubt that many of our peers used this as evidence that Connery was more "manly" than Lazenby. It's silly. Lazenby is a confident, brilliant Bond in the best Fleming tradition, and Peter Hunt knew everything he needed to know about pacing and directorial execution from Hunt's prior association with the series. One of the best directed, best scripted, most satisfying Bond movies to date. Anyone who considers themselves a Bond fan should have this film in their collection. It's good every time, and as many here have already noted, it may actually improve with age. Very well Mr. Bond....more info
- THE MOST PERFECT BOND
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 2-Disc Ultimate Edition
I think GEORGE LAZENBY is the BEST BOND EVER. Too bad that Albert R. Brocolli and Harry Saltzman decided to chuck this Australian car salesman, after his one-time appearance as James Bond. Diana Rigg IS the prettiest Bond Girl. Louis Armstrong sings: 'We have all the time in the world'. Telly Savalas makes a terrific Ernest Stavro Blofeld. There is a tremondous Ice-Skating sequence, that has yet to be repeated. Many viewvers even from India, would not have noticed the 'saree-clad', Miss India, among the array of 'Bond-girls'. Also this movie, unlike all the other movies, in the ENTIRE lot, is closest to Bond - Creator, Ian Fleming's Book. ...more info
- ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
Ernst Stravo Blofeld, godfather of SPECTRE and James Bond's arch-nemesis, hatches yet another diabolical plot in his seemingly impenetrable mountain fortress. Disguised as a Scottish geneologist dispatched to verify Blofeld's claim to nobility, Bond infiltrates the madman's stronghold and a deadly game of wits ensues with the fate of the Western world in the balance. But the real story is Bond's discovery of true love in the form of a troubled girl named Tracy. Can the two outwit Blofeld and survive to love another day?
Despite its numerous strengths--or perhaps because of them--ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is not one of the Bond films I often find mentioned among the series' best. It is almost certainly the most realistic (with the possible exception of DR. NO) as well as the one which most fully captures the essence of Ian Fleming's source novels. It is more serious than the other Bond movies, but the excellent script is still rife with sharp wit and keen satire. But there's also George Lazenby stepping into what had heretofore been Sean Connery's role, and that, combined with the relatively sober plot, has traditionally been hard for many fans of the series to look past. Connery's portrayals of Bond are deservedly immortal, but if the series was to continue someone else was going to have to step up to the plate, and Lazenby was the guy (at least until Connery's brief comeback in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, that is, after which Roger Moore took over the series). There's nothing inherently wrong with Lazenby's performance, though, it's simply different from Connery's. Lazenby plays the character with a refreshing romanticism and vulnerability which, while a marked departure from Connery's interpretation, fits this particular story to a T. Alternately deadly, sensitive, and funny, Lazenby carries off the role with admirable aplomb, and it wouldn't have hurt the franchise any in the long run if he'd been able to play it another time or two.
Lazenby's co-stars are brilliant in their own roles. Telly Savales is an insidious yet charming Blofeld, and when he goes head-to-head with Bond you really want him to get what's coming to him. But the beautiful Diana Rigg is the stand-out as Bond's beloved Tracy. She's not just another Bond girl, and the romance in OHMSS is a far cry from the throwaway relationships that are this series' norm. Tracy is clearly Bond's Mrs. Right, and Rigg brings her to brilliant life with wit, elegance, and vivacity tinged with an irresistible streak of darkness.
Peter Hunt's direction is exciting and the screenplay wisely eschews many of the sillier ingredients of the Bond films. The action is exceptionally well-choreographed and hard-hitting and even though there aren't any nifty gadgets from Q-branch nobody should miss them with all the story's natural pyrotechnics.
If there is a weakness in this film it is a relatively slow second act. Many of the most thrilling moments are packed into the outstanding introductory and climactic scenes, and the middle suffers by comparison. The screenwriters try to liven things up with some interesting parodies of Bond's womanizing nature, but perhaps more drama would have been wiser.
But if there are some slow spots there aren't enough to ruin the overall design, which adds up to one of the finest of all Bond films. Perhaps lacking a few of the familiar 007 staples, but the Bond essentials are all here and anyway the things that make this movie different are a big part of what make it so great. From the romantic and spellbinding opening to the moving last reel, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is cinematic Bond magic. ...more info