Monday, 16 November 2015

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Review











On Her Majesty's Secret Service 


Release Date: 1969 - Australia


Production Companies
EON Productions
Danjaq (Uncredited)


Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 140 minutes


Budget: $7,000,000

Box Office Gross: $64,600,000
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When Bond's usual
intelligence sources fail,
he enlists the aid of a
crime boss Draco to track
down Ernst Blofeld, head
of the evil SPECTRE
organization.

The trail leads to the
mountains of Switzerland,
where Bond goes undercover
in Blofeld's hi-tech head-
quarters. He encounters a
bevy of seductive women,
but none more beautiful
than Draco's daughter,
Tracy, who wins 007
over with her fervent
independence, caustic wit
and love of adventure.

Bond pledges his eternal
devotion to her, but there
are more immediate
concerns: Blofeld is poised
to unleash horrific germ
warfare weaponry,
endangering every living
thing on earth!


Cast
George Lazenby - James Bond
Diana Rigg - Tracy Di Vicenzo
Telly Salvalas - Ernst Stavro Blofeld 
Gabriele Ferzetti - Marc Ange Draco
Isle Steppat - Irma Bunt
Yuri Borienko - Grunther
Bernard Lee - M
Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewellyn - Q
George Baker - Sir Hilary Bray
Angela Scoular - Ruby Bartlett
Bernard Horsfall - Campbell

Crew
Director - Peter Hunt
Based on Novel "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and Characters "James Bond" - Ian Fleming
Screenplay - Richard Maibaum
Additional Dialogue - Simon Raven
Producers - Albert R. Broccoli 
and Harry Saltzman
Production Designer - Syd Cain
Director of Photography - Michael Reed
Second Unit Director/Film Editor - John Glen
Stunt Arranger - George Leech
Aerial Cameraman - John Jordan
Ski Cameramen - Willy Bogner
and Alex Barbey
Special Effects - John Stears
Title Designer - Maurce Binder
Composer: James Bond
Theme - Monty Norman
Music - John Barry
Lyrics: Song "We Have All the
Time In the World" - Hal David
Performer: Song "We Have 
All the Time in the World" - 
Louis Armstrong


Review
It's been a year since I watched a Bond movie and decided it was time to watch and review another one. I currently reviewed a Bond movie which was YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (click here), but I'm halfway through the sixth flick of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and still there's work to be done in re-watching this underrated classic. It was released as to what many consider to be an overlooked film. Since then, it was nearly forgotten by everyone who have watched its predecessors until decades later that they began to like it even more and some even regarded it as a better movie than the entries that Roger Moore was in and the later two with Timothy Dalton. I first watched this film before I went on with the rest of the series of its significant plotting and winning formula with its action, espionage and romance. It was a unique rarity that in a Bond film like this, it had such a dark but unhappy ending which I'll never get over it because I was so young and I wasn't ready for any sad conclusions. I have seen this instalment twice now because of the latest film SPECTRE has now opened in cinemas, I decided to watch it so as to get myself in the mood for the upcoming feature.

ON HER MAJESTY's SECRET SERVICE could have been a huge start for George Lazenby in his tenure as 007 but unfortunately his agent persuaded him to decline the role of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER due to the salary offer being too low of a figure. Sadly, it was a missed opportunity however critical reception and some of the movie-goers preferred Sean Connery in the lead when he could not be present in this picture. The action sequencing is fun to watch and has a lot of edge of your seat moments. The action takes viewers into the sport of skiing and bob-sledding and once portrays Bond as a jack of all trades.

More praise needs to be given to George who was very skilled at being a charismatic secret agent with style, charm and wit. Regardless of his heritage for being a non-English actor. He still manages to convince us that Bond is still a cool and suave protagonist. I can never forget Telly Salvalas for the portrayal of Blofeld, he is sure not as compelling than Donald Pleasence's interpretation and the story does not explain the appearance change so it's left to the audiences imagination as to why he looks so different.

This is definitely a worthy instalment regardless of the critics' negative reviews and some negative feedback from the fans. It takes me back to nostalgia and it holds very special significance for me as it was the first of the series I seen.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


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