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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service


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James Bond goes undercover in the treacherous Swiss Alps and becomes involved in artillery-laden ski pursuits, incredible stunts and thrills. James finds love with the beautiful and seductive Tracy Di Vicenzo. But first Bond must stop the evil genius Blofeld from realising a germ warfare plot could kill millions.
Title: On her majesty's secret service
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, MGM Home Entertainment :, Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2006]
Edition: Ultimate widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (142 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Ian Fleming.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1969.
Special features: Frame-by-frame digial restoration; Declassified: MI6 vault (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); 007 mission control (interactive guide into the world of 'On her majesty's secret service); Mission dossier (audio commentary featuring director Peter Hunt and members of the cast and crew; inside 'On her majesty's secret service'; inside Q's lab; "Above it all" original 1969 featurette; ministry of propaganda (original trailers; TV spots & radio communications).
Contents: [disc 1] Feature film
[disc 2] Special features.
Summary: James Bond goes undercover in the treacherous Swiss Alps and becomes involved in artillery-laden ski pursuits, incredible stunts and thrills. James finds love with the beautiful and seductive Tracy Di Vicenzo. But first Bond must stop the evil genius Blofeld from realising a germ warfare plot could kill millions.
Audience: MPAA rating PG.
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Report This Oct 06, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This 1969 sixth Bond film was as wonderful as other Bond films released in their days (wow! 44 years ago!). While lacking gadgets but not short on actions. Enjoy.

The movie faithfully follows the book's plot. So when Bond disguises in a Scottish genealogist attire, it's exactly what the author describes in the book. It is now considered the best Bond. Though, it was for years the most underrated. Lazenby is unique and is often considered the weakest Bond, but I disagree. He is a very human Bond. He is absolutely fabulous in the last scene. The is a Bond with a solid plot, except that Bond does not recognize Blofeld. (He had in the previous film) The first part of the movie somewhat slackens for fans who are expecting constant actions. The film centers on the PLOT rather than actions, though there are several actions scenes at the end of the movie, (Casino Royale and Goldeneye have also an exciting plot) The is a lack of gadgets (except for the safe cracker machine) because Bond is using his wit rather than gadgets. It probably has the best ski chases of the whole series (though the projected film during the action is somewhat outdated. Tracy (Rigg) is the best Bond's "girl". She is smart, the equal of Bond, and the most beautiful character (the equal of Vespers in Casino Royale.) All the other characters at topnotch. Savalas' Blofeld is probably the most memorable. The short last scene is probably the most moving of the whole series. Lazenby is splendid; Connery would not have been the right actor because he is more inclined having sex than caring about them) Craig's moving last scene with Vesper is the equal) The ten Angel of Death are absolutely beautiful and, which was rare at the time, represent various ethnicities. The film has become a classic for Bond aficionados. The locations are marvelous especially the Pia Gloria restaurant at the top of a Swiss mountain to in the Alps. The love scene with Bond and Tracy in the barn is moving. We truly believe that Bond has fallen in love rather than having sex with woman (thought he already had sex with some Angels!) Not a film for everyone - but there will never be a consensus about Bond actors! a film that needs to be watched many times to really appreciate the story. The music is simply the best. Armstrong's voice is unforgettable - still moves me after years. The last few notes from the theme during the last scene with Tracy and Bond are heart wrenching. There are quite a few bloopers - search on Google. I watched the movies several times and got to love it. In my opinion, it ranks with Goldfinger, Goldeneye, Casino Royale (the best one, at least for me), From Russia with Love. (Skyfall is a class by itself.) When the first movie viewers left the theater in tears, it was a shock since everybody expected a big bang! Again, a film where the plot is the "Bond".

Report This Nov 23, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Overlong. It has the trappings of a Bond movie, but not the essence. And it's interminable. I like those trappings and I like Diana Rigg, but they only help keep this movie afloat, not save it. And it is REALLY overlong, with 30, or better 40, minutes cut out it might have been a 3 * movie.

Report This Aug 11, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The one oddity in the mix, this has George Lazenby playing the MI-6 agent, and this is the *only* fault one can find with the film. The box office sales were solid, but not quite as big as the ones when Connery was playing the part. The promotion wasn't as good as previous, which is probably the cause of it, and United Artists admitted as much afterword. DIANNA RIGG!!! AS A BOND GIRL!!! ABLE TO FIGHT OFF THE ATTACKERS AND LOOK HOT WHILST DOING SO! HUBBA-HUBBA! [ahem] Blofeld is being played by Telly Savalas, providing possibly one of the best voices for the character ever (apt, given the Svengali-like nature of the role in the story). The location of his lair is phenomenally cool as well. The sub-plot of romance is, while unique, perfect for a character who must ultimately travel the world of danger with nary a concern for anything except the present moment (SPOILER: the romance doesn't come to a long-lasting end). This is the only way the aspect of 'love' might be introduced to a Bond story. DID I MENTION *DIANNA RIGG*? The action is excellent, the gadgets all but entirely absent (the only one is a bit of multi-purpose office equipment used to crack a safe and photostat documents), the clothes only occasionally ridiculous, and the writing extremely well done. So, what's the problem? As stated, this has George Lazenby playing the MI-6 agent. There's something about him that doesn't fit. It's tough to put your finger on, but might be either his youth ridding the eye of a gaze of bitter experience, or it might be the lack of 'star power' to his gaze to draw you into his mind, or something about his acting lacking 'thought' to the viewer. The best way to sum it up however, is the fact that Jennifer wouldn't sleep with him. More than anything, Bond must be bed-able. Thus I add, THANK HEAVENS FOR *DIANNA RIGG*!!!

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Report This Oct 06, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Draco: My apologies for the way you were brought here. I wasn't sure you'd accept a *formal* invitation. James Bond: There's always something formal about the point of a pistol. [after Blofeld hits a tree] James Bond: He's branched off. Draco: She likes you, I can see it. James Bond: You must give me the name of your oculist. [a bad guy chasing Bond skis into a snow blower, which then spews red snow] James Bond: He had a lot of guts.

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